The most stylish tool on the planet!
Reviewed by Kevin Power
The Leatherman Tread is TSA-compliant and can be worn on your wrist; its concept came to Leatherman President Ben Rivera after he’d been stopped by security for carrying a standard Leatherman multitool. The Tread boasts 29 different tools, contained in 9 links of a watchstrap-like bracelet, and includes such tools as a cutting blade, carbide glass breaker, multiple screwdriver sizes in Philips and standard blades, box wrenches, ¼ socket drive, hex drives, a bottle opener and even an SIM card pick. There’s no doubting the build quality of the Tread: each link is formed from injection-moulded 17-4 stainless steel, and its strong, rugged feel is backed up by Leatherman’s 25 year guarantee.
To use the tools on the Leatherman Tread you remove the bracelet and select the bit you want to employ; the rest of the unit is crumpled in your hand to form the handle.
My experience with the Tread.
Unless you have Incredible Hulk-sized wrists – which I certainly don’t – you will need to remove one or more links … and with each link holding so many functions, I had a bit of a dilemma pondering which links to lose as I sized the Tread down to fit my wrist. Eventually I removed a full link containing two Allen head sizes and an oxygen bottle wrench, and a half link containing two flat-blade screwdriver heads. Once on, the Tread feels solid and substantial but also very comfortable and stylish; it certainly drew some comment around the campfire! Some loved it; others said they’d never wear one … clearly it’s one of those items that’s either appeals to you or it doesn’t.
The Tread passed my TSA compliancy test which was essential as that’s its primary reason for existence. I wore the mine through Dubai, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey earlier this year and while it set the metal detectors off I never had it confiscated: mission accomplished.
I haven’t gone out of my way to use the Tread – but it has nonetheless come off my wrist surprisingly often, usually to adjust or tighten Allen head bolts on my mountain bike seat and tighten loose bolts on our RV; but to my surprise Jeremy Hanaray even managed to use it to skin the neck section on a Sika deer and remove the throat!! Oh and of course the bottle opener has had it fair share of use! The Tread also wears silently so you won’t reveal your location when you’re stalking game. All in all, Leatherman has really endowed the Tread with an intelligent and well-chosen level of capability for its intended use for quick repairs and emergencies, and it’s superbly engineered. It doesn’t have the full functionality of a traditional multitool but that’s not the point of it; it looks a lot better than a multi tool hanging off your belt, and it won’t get confiscated by airport security.
Should I Buy It?
If you want a full-functionality multitool buy a Leatherman Super Tool. If you want the most stylish multitool on the planet, buy a Leatherman Tread.
For more information on the Tread: www.tightlines.co.nz