Outdoors

Leatherman announces its Tread multi-tool bracelet

The manly-lookin' Leatherman Tread
The manly-lookin' Leatherman Tread
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The manly-lookin' Leatherman Tread
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The manly-lookin' Leatherman Tread
Each of the Tread's 11 links incorporate two to three tools
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Each of the Tread's 11 links incorporate two to three tools
Some of the tools on offer include various types of screwdrivers, a cutting hook, hex drives, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker
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Some of the tools on offer include various types of screwdrivers, a cutting hook, hex drives, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker
A version that includes a Swiss-made waterproof watch is coming in the fall
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A version that includes a Swiss-made waterproof watch is coming in the fall

Leatherman multi-tools can certainly come in handy, but they are one more thing that has to be stuffed in a pocket or hung on a belt. That's where the Leatherman Tread comes in. It's a stainless steel bracelet that incorporates 25 tools within its links. Additionally, because none of those tools are knives, it shouldn't cause problems going through airport security.

Each of the Tread's 11 links incorporate two to three tools. Those links are also interchangeable, meaning that users can swap in new ones, rearrange the ones they've got, or remove some to make the bracelet fit smaller.

Some of the tools on offer include various types of screwdrivers, a cutting hook, hex drives, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker. The clasp also incorporates a bottle opener and #2 square drive. In order to use any of those, the Tread has to first be removed from the wrist and then folded back to expose the needed tool.

Leatherman plans to release the basic version of the Tread this summer (Northern Hemisphere) in silver or black, with a version that includes a Swiss-made waterproof watch coming in the fall. Official pricing has yet to be announced, although the company estimates that the stand-alone bracelet will sell for US$150 to $200.

You can see it in use, in the video below.

Should you be admiring it as much as a macho fashion statement as anything else, you might also be interested in the Titanium Utility Ring, the Titanium Escape Ring, or even the Leatherdos hair clip. Outdoorsy types might additionally consider pairing it up with a Kodiak wristband, which contains four wilderness survival tools including fishing line and a hook.

Source: Leatherman

Introducing: Leatherman Tread

11 comments
PAV
Even though I don't like that these tools sometimes prevent me from going and getting a proper tool, I want one for the looks. It does not look comfortable to wear or to use though.
Rann Xeroxx
Wow, I really like this. Showed it to my friends and they had the same wow factor. I really like the watch band.
Bob Flint
Looks cool, but did not actually see how it opens from the wrist band to tool form. Do you have to remove one or two of the small screws? I hope they have a quick release mechanism on the watch band version.
kman
Comfort will depend on how "catchy" the links are, in terms of arm/wrist hair. If it doesn't catch and pull hairs, it should be perfectly comfortable, since all the sharp bits are parallel to the skin. I really want one!
MBadgero
@Bob Flint, to use a tool, you take the bracelet off and fold it flat. The tool sticks out the hinged edge. No screw removal necessary. Looks cool, but I don't like jewelery, even functional jewelery. Besides, I still have a broken Letherman in my toolbox from many years ago.
Bob Ehresman
OK... another yet another Swiss Army... wait... what? At last! The fashion accessory that says to the whole word "Im a tool!" Wow! Can I get that tattooed on my bicep? Bet that would look good on Pamela Anderson... Do these come sized for winter driving? "Face palm" Yo dog! You need a screwdriver to get to the screw drivers... so we gave you extra screw drivers...
Axe
That looks really good. For those of you looking to slam it before looking at the pictures, it has a flip open latch like most metal watch bands. No, @Bob you do not need a screw driver to open the band. Face palm fail!
Gadgeteer
Neat, but $200 is ridiculous. A version featuring bike tools at $50 or so would be a big hit. Cyclists often don't have pockets in their outfits and may not have a spot on their bikes for a tool bag, so a multitool they can wear around a wrist could be a godsend.
Noel K Frothingham
Didn't watch the VIDEO, Bob Flint?
Remco Pullen
wow it looks awesome.. i was ready to pre order one.. And then i saw the pricetag.. 150-200 dollar for a bracelet of tools.. no way. il go for the 20-25 dollar.. but not this much. to bad :-(
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