Leatherman “Tread” Wearable Multi-Tool

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Leatherman recently announced a new wearable bracelet multi-tool called the “tread”. Looking at it you can see the name came from it’s resemblance to a tank tread. Essentially what you have are a set of 29 assorted tools. I can see this being useful for archery, shooting sports or just everyday use.Leatherman says they will be releasing various additional tools the owner can purchase that will be specific to the interest of the user. They will also offer a link to fit many different watches.

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As you can see each link is attached by a set of screws which allows the user to arrange the tools in the manner they choose as well as make size adjustments. Finishes are silver and black with an MSRP of $150.00 and $200.00.

It’s just a neat idea and while somewhat expensive it does offer a lot of tools you’ll always have with you.

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Leatherman Launches Tread™ Wearable Multi-Tool to Consumers

The Tread bracelet brings true utility to ‘wearables’

The press release …

Portland, OR—June 17, 2015— Following a highly successful industry launch, Leatherman Tool Group debuts the Tread wearable multi-tool to consumers in June of 2015. Tread is a travel-friendly and stylish collection of interchangeable links, each designed to offer a variety of tools that allows the user to solve everyday problems or respond to critical situations.

“It’s thrilling to see the product catch on with a diverse new fan base,” said Leatherman President and Tread Creator Ben Rivera. “The initial excitement and industry support and acceptance we’ve received thus far has been out of this world. It’s clear that there’s a deep desire to have a tool that is useful, looks good, and can be taken anywhere.”

The Leatherman Tread is crafted of high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional tools each, making a total of 29 usable features like box wrenches and screwdrivers available at a moment’s notice. Created to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, Tread users can rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼”. Even the clasp is functional with a bottle opener, ¼” socket drive, and #2 square drive. Other link tools include a cutting hook, hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker. The Tread is available in stainless steel and DLC (diamond like coating) black finish. MSRP will be $150.00 and $200.00 USD, respectively.

“The idea behind Tread originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said Rivera. “I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying what they thought was a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Leatherman Skeletool. I was unwilling to give it up, so they made me take it all the way back to my hotel room. I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security.”

Looking forward, Leatherman is working to create accessory links for niche activities such as cycling, action sports, and tech repair. In addition, adapter links are being created to attach other makers’ watch faces to the Tread, including most popular brands of analog, digital and smart watches. New accessories are anticipated to hit the market in early 2016. For more information on the Tread, please visit www.leatherman.com/tread.

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • imachinegunstuff

    Lovely, perfect for the pragmatic wife

  • Jovan

    I’m actually really interested in this. Depending on the price of the individual links, I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking this up.
    My main concerns though are the strength of the links: is it possible to use the entire bracelet to increase leverage or would the links bend easily; and the potential difficulty of actually removing the links.
    It looks like the links have to be removed with a flat head screw driver, which there are plenty of, is it actually possible to use the pieces to take off the links without a separate screwdriver?

    • JSmath

      -Yes, it is intended to be used by squeezing the bracelet as the grip with the desired tool pointing out. The steel it’s made out of is definitely strong enough to withstand the use, though I can’t speak about the links used per se. If I had to eyeball it, it looks like it’d stand up to about a year to two years of heavy use, and replacing the links would fix any issues with bending.
      -If you don’t have a flathead or something that could be improvised as one (nail file, knife, butter knife, etc.), then you have problems that can’t be fixed by this multitool.

  • Will

    Does it get caught on clothing, brush etc?
    Very interesting.
    Lots of questions, as Jovan asks, to be answered before I shell out that kind of money.

  • DetroitMan

    So it’s expensive and you can add different pieces to it as you desire. Basically Leatherman has invented the charm bracelet for men.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Well… no. Basically, this a clever solution to a couple of real problems: it saves space and gets your harmless multi-tool past overzealous security guards. A charm bracelet looks cute but does nothing practical.

      • DetroitMan

        Yeah, I was half joking. You have to admit there are similarities.

        It is clever and interesting. I don’t know how practical the thing is. You have to squeeze and hold the thing in the right configuration and deal with a floppy gripping surface. A traditional multi tool works better, and I don’t go many places where I can’t take one. Which really brings this thing back to the realm of man jewelry.

        As an absolute last resort if I don’t have my multi tool, sure I would use something like this. But for $150.00 I could buy many more practical and useful tools. Personally I don’t see myself deprived of all other tools often enough to justify spending that kind of money on this tool.

        • M.M.D.C.

          Sorry about that, my sense of humor doesn’t kick in till midday.

      • Dan

        ” A charm bracelet looks cute but does nothing practical” Pffffft…you’ve apparently never had a charm bracelet then. 😉

  • Andrew Hobby

    Broseph, are you ready to Muscle Up with the LEATHERMAN TREAD?
    Come on Bro, don’t use those wussy ass tools with “handles”, you need to upgrade your Dude Level with THE TREAD!

    Look how its 304 stainless steel CRUSHES all competition in the “micro tool” category. Sure its uncomfortable as f*ck, but that’s what being a MAN is all about! Being uncomfortable in daily life, to the MAX!

  • GunKnowItAll

    I’ve made my own necklace multi-tools for years.

    • kgallerno

      I heard Mr. T rocks a necklace version as well.

      • wzrd1

        Back before the TSA, people with brains manned the airport checkpoints.
        Two of whom were my mother and my wife.
        Mr. T’s jewellery range the detector; it was gold covered steel.
        He might have had some real gold, but it was mixed in with enough iron to build an aircraft carrier.
        Nice guy though.

        On the way to get a smoke, I asked my wife. “All but one” piece rang the mag detector.

  • Nicholas Chen

    A Leatherman rep was wearing one this week when he came into my work.

    • RickH

      It just screams manliness!!!!! Looks real comfy too……..

    • All the Raindrops

      it looks like a medieval torture device

    • Giolli Joker

      What is beneath it?

      • wzrd1

        A heavily compressed wrist.
        Thanks, but no thanks. If I got one, it’d go into a carry on bag or in luggage, not to be worn. I’ve got more than enough nerve damage.

        I’ll stick with full sized multi-tools.

  • RickH

    I only see this as a sort of last resort item. Unless you’re a desk jockey, do you realize how uncomfortable this would be to wear this thing doing outside activities when you’re getting sweaty and grubby? And I don’t wear a watch when I’m on the job either. Now I usually have pants and a belt on when outside, and my Leatherman works just fine with my belt sheath.

    • gb7

      Now that’s an idea… Tread belt! Take that Batman!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Was somebody passing out PCP at the Leatherman meeting where they decided to put a $200 tag on this thing?

  • DrewN

    As a guy who fixes stuff for a living, I really want to accept the multitool. I probably have more multitools in my toolbox than most TFBers have AR mags. BUT, they all pretty much suck and I don’t carry any of them (bicycle specialty tools excepted). I wish Leatherman could come up with some kind of custom configurator so you could get a tool with the stuff you’d actually use, instead of a kinda crummy set of needlenose with a redundant knife and an awkward bit driver. Until them I’ll just have to schlep my pouch full of actual tools that actually work.

    • Justin

      Check out SOG multi-tools. The are configurable, I have one I set up for electronics use by taking out the blade and adding a wire-stripper. I had to take the blade off because I sometimes work in Local government buildings or schools for Amateur Radio stuff. I believe it is also Air travel safe but I don’t want to test it against TSA and their inability to actually know what is banned and what is not.

      • wzrd1

        In other words, what the agent wants to have for his or her very own becomes suddenly contraband.

        Personally, I like my Gerber multi-tool. Lifetime guarantee, strong and works great. My only complaint is I preferred the sheepfoot blade to the newer utility blade. I’ve wore mine out three times and it was refitted for free and “gave” one to a foreign airport security when I forgot it was on my belt. (Dumbassed me.)

    • nadnerbus

      I don’t use the Leatherman when an actual tool is required to do the job. I just use it when it’s faster to pull it off my belt and tighten a screw or something. It’s never the best tool for the job, but it’s always the closest, and it can save time and fiddling around in a toolbox.

      Screwdrivers probably get used the most. Knife is good for scraping, prying, and cutting stuff. Need nose is useful just for prying at stuff more than anything. I use the wire cutter often enough to have dulled it quite a bit.

      I think they are handy little time savers, but sure, no substitute for a tool box.

  • Cahal

    By the time it gets to the U.K. the U.S dollar price will be the Sterling price. i.e. £150/200 = $225/300.

  • DIR911911 .

    yeah I’d love to struggle with this but the tool box in the trunk is pretty well stocked.

  • Darhar M.

    Nice looking tool chain but out of my price range.
    I could see paying no more than $75 for it but I am a cheapskate.

  • It looks like it’s desgined to grab your arm hair, twist in uncomfortable ways, and never let go. So definitely tactical.

    • superflex

      Arm hair?
      The tacticool operators wax all their body hair.
      Makes ’em ninja quiet.

      • Dan

        Except beard

      • wzrd1

        I happen to like my arm hair, it lets me know when a tick is trying to climb up my arm.
        Seriously!

  • Grindstone50k

    All I can see is this grabbing and yanking my arm hair constantly.

    • Dan

      Or reaching in your pocket and having it get hung up and then you have to awkwardly try and yank your hand out while a bunch of children look on and explain to mommy that the guy over there is playing with something in his pocket. Then the cops come and here you are with one hand in your pocket. You can’t show them your hands and a standoff ensues….. Thanks a lot leatherman.
      *edit* I missed a good oppurtunity to use an Alanis Morrisette song there.

      • Grindstone50k

        You’re over-thinking it. As long as you’re not brown, you’ll be fine.

        • Dan

          That’s why I just said a stand off vs getting shot.

  • Bill

    I think this may have skidded off the price/value/utility curve. I really like their tools, but this seems more gimmick than tool. I believe that there is a bladeless option on some of their items that make them checkpoint friendly, though a blade is a critical component.

    • All the Raindrops

      yeah, leatherman makes indispensable products, but you could buy several of their conventional ones for the price of this.

      I suppose there will be certain people that this will be handy for, but it’s hard to imagine it being a huge seller. unless it really catches on as a watchband… but if it weighs a lot…. idk

  • no

    The leatherman sweater-destroyer, making pulls in every/any sweater you wear.

  • Maybe this will help answer any questions.

  • Casual Observer

    I hefted one of these at Leatherman’s SHOT booth. Great idea but too heavy to be practical. They’ll get it right next time I’m sure. Great company with innovative products.

  • USMC03Vet

    Gentlemen, if spotting a tool was too difficult before it isn’t now.

    • Dan

      You talking about the two legged tools?

  • AK™

    meanwhile Gerber has a multi tool that goes in your AR handgrip..

    • wzrd1

      Thanks for reminding me! I had completely forgotten about that one.

  • edjcox

    No blade? No leverage handle. No buy!

  • Gareth Owen

    I’d prefer to see an actual review than this advert for the product.
    Did Leatherman pay TFB for this ‘article’ as it’s not even ‘news’ – the release of this product has been known for months.

    • For the 10,000th time we don’t get paid for posting press releases. Did you see the date on the press release.
      I do have one ordered for review——

      • Gareth Owen

        What I see is at the top of the page…
        “Posted 4 days ago”
        So why are you posting month old press releases?

        • I posted it the day after I got it—

          • wzrd1

            Which is interesting, as I saw this on their website a year or so ago.
            Perhaps it was a trial period to see if it held up?

          • No idea honestly. It was at SHOT also. Then I get a press release with a current date. Of course it has changed some with a wider selection of purpose built tools for various specialized activities.

  • scaatylobo

    Another use that I see as not obvious ,its a blocking tool for a punch / blade that will hurt the user too !.
    BUT a thin band [ cloth / leather ] placed on the wrist first will fix that minor problem,and cause the attacker to ‘feel’ his mistake really fast.