Leatherman "Tread" Wearable Multi-Tool

Phil White
by Phil White

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.

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.

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.

Phil White
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 retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: pete.m@staff.thefirearmblog.com you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • Gareth Owen Gareth Owen on Jul 28, 2015

    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.

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    • @wzrd1 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 Scaatylobo on Jul 28, 2015

    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.