Leatherman Tread – The Tool Company’s Foray Into Wearables


Wearables are the hot ticket item this year.  They’re everywhere! Nearly every company is trying to get into this exploding market in some way shape or form. Leatherman is no exception, though their entry isn’t quite the same as everybody else’s. The Leatherman Tread is definitely the Leatherman of wearables. It isn’t going to check your e-mail, you won’t get live directions or even be able to use any sort of voice control, but the Leatherman Tread is the most Leatherman wearable possible. This bracelet is fashioned out of Stainless Steel, and each link in the chain has two, or even three functions that anyone familiar with the Leatherman brand will find helpful.

Leatherman Tread
Leatherman Tread

The story of the Leatherman Tread starts where many other stories do: Disneyland. Yes really. Leatherman President Ben Rivera was on a trip with his family when he had the following experience at the Happiest Place on Earth:

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.

Leatherman Tread Links
Leatherman Tread Links

Not content to be without his tools again, Mr. Rivera got to thinking. The design of the tread started as a bicycle chain, just to see how it might feel. After passing that first stage, Mr. Rivera met with Leatherman engineers and the idea of the Tread started taking shape. If you’re familiar with Leatherman tools, the Tread is going to look pretty familiar as well. You’ll find the standard compliment of tools such as screwdrivers, can openers, glass breakers, etc. Even the clasp has function outside of holding the bracelet to your wrist. You can rearrange or remove links to suit your preference/wrist size, and they’ve even decided to release a version with a watch. If they ever decide to make a separate watch band version without the watch I’d definitely consider this as an upgrade for my Martian Voice Commander (Review coming soon).

Leatherman Tread Watch
Leatherman Tread Watch

No word yet on pricing or availability outside of a tentative estimate of Fall 2015. We’ll definitely keep our eyes on this new entrant in the wearable community! What do you think? Would you order a Leatherman Tread? Or do you have other options to keep these tools at your fingertips? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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