I present to you an "apprentice" (one level below master, in my opinion, cause it doesn't have the 5 other bigger sizes) 12pc. set of X-beam Flex-head ratcheting combination wrenches. 8mm thru 19mm. GearWrench 85288. Ordered them on Amazon on sunday, got them today, with free shipping. whoohoo! I had 2 or 3 other sets in mind, but after careful deliberation settled on this one.
Here is my thought process, also for those who might be considering a similar purchase, hope this helps since i'm including all the serial numbers which you could search on either amazon or ebay or whatever floats your boat.
Originally i was debating between GW 85989, which is their master set 17pc 8mm-25mm of XL (ooooh it's so long!) ratcheting combo wrenches, and 85988 which is a 12 pc set without the extra 5 larger sizes. i couldn't bring myself to pay extra 90 bucks for the extra 5 wrenches.
but after that i also found that the flex-head is a lot more convenient (especially when u definitely need it), so i started looking at this next master set: GW 9902:
which is also available in the "apprentice" flavor, AND on top of that, they actually offer the other larger sizes as a separate 5pc kit, that you could buy down the line.
but finally I settled on my GW 85288, only the blow molded case is different from the amazon image all the way on top, since it has all the features I actually desired:
1. Flex-head for when you definitely need it. Sure it might be inconvenient at times, but i promise my old 5pc set definitely got me out of a jam more than enough times.
2. X-beam for extra grip and leverage, one of the reasons i was looking at the XL set in the first place.
3. Ratcheting end
4. GearWrench: which is carried by Sears, so if anything goes wrong, i'll just bring it there. and it's actually quality tools as well.
5. and save a ton of monies by not going to the tool trucks. (mark-up like a mofo, sorry oppo tool truck drivers/operators)