I have to be honest with you, there are some new tool announcements that get me more excited than others. Yes, it’s cool when we get more power or another feature on something that’s been around for a while. Then there are those times when someone comes up with something that makes me say “I want that right now!” The Leatherman Tread has just inspired that reaction.
Inspired by a trip to DisneyLand, this is no Mickey Mouse tool. The Leatherman Tread features interlocking sections that can be worn as a bracelet or watch. Even better, you can customize it for both size and the exact tools you want on it. Each high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel link contains 2 or 3 tools in its design. There are a total of 25 different functions available.
Some of those include flat and Phillips head drivers, bottle opener, cutting hook, box wrenches, carbide glass breaker, and yes, even the QM1 watch. The watch will be a Swiss made timepiece designed by Leatherman using quartz movement.
“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said President Ben Rivera. “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.”
Mr. Rivera’s experience is all too often repeated by many of us that prefer to carry a multitool, even if it doesn’t have a blade on it. There are simply places where security dictates that anything that might be a knife can’t be admitted. As if we might loosen the bolts on a roller coaster…
I am curious to know how this will work in airport security. My guess is that most agents will only see a watch or bracelet. Still, the Leatherman Tread is now one of my most anticipated products for 2015. I won’t be in a big hurry to lose it to a TSA agent.
Look for the Leatherman Tread to be available in the Fall of 2015. I don’t have any ideas yet on pricing, but we will be working diligently to get our hands on this for review. Assuming that it’s of the quality that I’ve become used to from Leatherman, I expect this is be a big winner for them.