Leatherman Tread: New wearable multi-tool bracelet.

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Leathterman debuted their new bracelet multi-tool, the Tread, at SHOT this week.

Of all of the new items to debut at SHOT, the new Leatherman Tread is among the non-firearm items making the biggest waves. It first popped onto my radar midweek, and I thought I had time to get something out that wouldn’t seem to be following the trend. I was wrong. This thing took off online. So apologies if you have already seen it.

It is something completely different, yet seems completely Leatherman at the same time. There are 25 usable tools/features to this innovative bracelet, and it is even available with an optional Swiss watch.

 

Leatherman President Ben Rivera:

“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family. I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying a knife, when what they had actually seen was my 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.” When he returned from his trip, Rivera, who began his tenure at Leatherman Tool Group 24 years ago as an engineer, began by wearing a bike chain bracelet to see how it would feel. As his thoughts took shape, he brought his idea to the engineers at Leatherman who helped fast track his plans.”

I definitely want one. I am not sure if I want to drop $150 (stainless) or $200 (black), but I am going to see if I can pick one up wholesale for testing. This thing looks like it might just work.

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comments

  1. While I think it might work. The price point for me is just to high. You could buy a leatherman style(without a knife) and accomplish many of the same things for $20ish bucks. I’m interested to see what the street price is. For under $100 I might get one.

    Also, I would like to see what the other links that they offer as accessories are. That could make a big difference to.

  2. Mike L says:

    Weak link in all watches and this is going to be the clasp. After much headache I tossed the metal link band on 400 dollar watch for 15 dollar NATO band.

    1. Agree with both you and Jake. I definitely don’t think $200 is in the cards for me, but if I can find enough of a deal I will.

      With regards to the clasp, I believe it isn’t subjected to too much stress. The link pieces seem to bear the brunt of it. This does not undermine your point in any way though.

  3. Jon M. says:

    I really love seeing neat stuff that’s innovative, just hard to reconcile the price tag with the radness sometimes. Innovation costs, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be sad about it!

    I put this in the same category as the Klecker KLAX and the Ratworx MRX of cool, expensive products. Someday…

  4. Sam L. says:

    I’m pretty danged sure this is not for those of us who don’t have burning money in our pockets.

    Maybe a gift, if we’re lucky…

  5. For me its not the $$ that’s the issue. Its what you get for the money. While cool. I can buy all those same tools on a normal reasonably priced leatherman for $20-$50.

    Their other new tool that they unveiled at SHOT, the “signal” is $120ish and I have every intention of buying that!

  6. Roger says:

    You can tell how entitled and spoiled the Knife and Tool community is. Whenever something new comes out: “It’s too much” “Oh dat pricetag” “I can do the same thing with $x knife” And it’s every time. Kershaw’s Emerson line debuted with a $30 knife, look at the reactions that got because they’re the same as this $150.

    This is an innovative piece and all we’ve seen is MSRP. The MSRP is, by the way, in line with cheaper dress watches from reputable companies. Leatherman is taking a risk, like they’ve done with new pieces every year, and if this risk plays out you’ll likely see the Tread in line with cheaper Leatherman tools.

    1. Nice comment to wake up to. Thanks. You nailed it on several levels.

      It isn’t so much the cost itself, it is where that cost lies in relationship to how much I need the item.

  7. Roger,

    It isn’t about being spoiled. We are talking about a new class of tool, that none of us(correct me if I’m wrong) have seen in person. What else are we supposed to compare it to? Other then tools we already own and price comparison?

    The Tread could just be the best multitool ever made. But until I get to play with one I think it is too expensive and a weird category.

    That being said…I never thought I would buy a tablet either. And I couldn’t do without now.

    1. Roger says:

      Everyone at SHOT show has seen it if they went by the Leatherman booth. Add to that the knowledgeable knife, tool, and gun youtubers/forum people putting out distinct and in depth over views. You’re not going into this completely blind and going off only the sales page(unless that’s all the knife content you view in a week, which is totally feasible).

      It’s more that, any time anything remotely new or interesting pops up there’s always the price objection. Even when the knives are well into the “budget” range you’ll still see a significant portion of people commenting about how “if they’d just come down on the price a bit”. Like that Chris Reeve is entirely comparable in craftsmanship and materials to your six dollar flea market knife.

      There’s far better objections to the Tread than it’s price.

      First off, it’s a bracelet. To use any of the tools effective you’ll have to take it off. Compared to a simple folding knife with three – four movements to make it ready to use(or the one – two movements of waved manual and automatic OTF knives) you’re talking about a possible four – twelve movement to simply make it ready to cut. If you’ve got an emergency and the Tread is your EDC knife, you’re going to have a bad time.

      Secondly, the bracelet design falls into something that can only truly be used for extremely light use. Traction is non-existent on the design of the “cutting blade” and durability would depend much more heavily on the series of involved screws.

      Thirdly, like many multi-tools meant to skate past security gates, it will never get past security unless you go out of your way to cover it up. Security, police, even the TSA employees everyone loves to malign have a tendency to be “knife and gun enthusiasts” with the ones who aren’t learning about new things from the ones who are. Like the plastic Cold Steel knives, which were not originally intended to bypass security, they’re going to know about it. When they see it, it’ll be the same as a full sized multi-tool. Instead just put your skeletool in your pocket and don’t use the clip, that’s how I carried mine into Disney.

      Fourthly, it’s an ugly watch band. I mean, it’s cool looking if only for the fact that there’s usable tools in it. But at the same time there’s not much in the way of symmetry. It’s not going to ever replace my Cadence for formal attire. And it should be pretty clear it probably wouldn’t make it into my casual accessories.

      Fifthly, the “cutting blade” isn’t really all that sharp. More of a scraper. So it’s not nearly a good enough replacement of an EDC multi-tool that has a knife blade or a pair of scissors.

      Finally, you know Leatherman will sell extra band pieces with different tools. That’s not a direction to take this one off gimmicky watch band. That’s a direction to take a traditional sandwich style multi-tool. But the Tread may kill that pipe dream if it flops at the sale.

  8. All awesome points. Can’t disagree with anything you said. And you brought up points that I didn’t even think about. Such as how many movements you would need to actually get the tool to a point of using it.

    1. I don’t think that there is really that much movement. Pop the latch, slide it off, chose the tool, flatten the bracelet. Use.

      I don’t think that it would be the most amazing tool(s) out there, but I could see how it could be quickly used to loosen the nut on a chainsaw, flip to the screwdriver, tighten the chain, and retighten the nut. (I lost my scrench and needed to improvise today). This is just one example that popped in my head.

      I agree that the links/screws are the achilles heel and will define the overall robustness of the tool.

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