Leatherman Tread: Man jewelry or EDC essential?

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Leatherman Tread: Man jewelry or EDC essential?

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Leatherman announced the pending launch of the Tread. It’s essentially a man bracelet with 25 “tools” (list below). This is an impressive list to have handy at all times…if they are of size and strength to actually be used as “tools“. Clearly until we have one in hand there’s no telling exactly what matter of use this form factor will be.  Here’s the promo video Leatherman put out which isn’t much help…


Official blurb:

“Coming Soon! Anytime, anywhere. The functionality of a Leatherman tool, with you everywhere. Our engineers designed multiple tools in each 17-4 stainless steel bracelet link, making usable tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box wrenches available at a moment’s notice. Adjustable to ¼” to accommodate any wrist size and fully customizable with the links you need most, the Leatherman Tread is as stylish as it is functional. ”

Here’s about all we know from the Leatherman website:

Price: $150-200

available in black or stainless

made of: 17-4 stainless steel

Tool list:

Cutting Hook
Bottle Opener
Oxygen Tank Wrench
Carbide Glass Breaker
1/4” Flat Screwdriver
5/16″ Screwdriver
1/8″ Flat Screwdriver
10mm Box Wrench
1/4″ Box Wrench
3/8″ Box Wrench
3/32″ Screwdriver
3/16″ Screwdriver
#1-2 Phillips
#1 Phillips
5/16″ Box Wrench
3/32″ Hex Drive
1/8″ Hex Drive
3/16″ Box Wrench
1/4″ Hex Drive
3/16″ Hex Drive
5mm Hex Drive
6mm Hex Drive
#2 Square Drive
1/4″ Socket Drive
Pick/Sim Card Tool


I can say that my initial thought is that I would have this as an airport friendly traveling companion. I’ve done much travel in places where access to basic repairs or the tools to manage them are difficult..I’m looking at you Central America. Perhaps a bike commuter would find a need. Bugout.com is on the Leatherman list to grab one when they’re dropping. We’ll see how it stacks up in real use.

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