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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