Sure, that Apple Watch may have haptic feedback – you can tap out your SOS to someone. Maybe track your sleep with a FitBit? None of the smart wearables for your wrist can crack open a beer or assemble a toy set for your kid.

Enter the Leatherman Tread. It’s a wearable multi-tool that actually looks surprisingly good. Whoever Leatherman kidnapped for the industrial design should be kept around.

The standard version comes with 25 tools made from 17-4 stainless steel. The band features links that perform 2-3 functions, adding up to the 25. You have your drivers, box wrenches, glass breaker and a cutting hook.

Oh, and the absolutely necessary bottle opener. Hey, after constructing that sadistic birthday present for your kid, you could stand a drink. Maybe one during assembly and a celebratory drink.

President Ben Rivera talked about the timeline of developing the Leatherman Tread. “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.”

Leatherman Uses

What immediately springs to mind is the EDC (Everyday Carry) market. This would immediately free up pocket space for those that carry a traditional Leatherman. Slap it on your wrist if you can get by with something smaller.

Survivalists, or preppers, are another market. Your bug-out-bag would look stylish as hell with something like this. It’s all about keeping weight down and multi-use. This seems to fit the mold pretty well.

In the end, it’s all about functionality. Leatherman is known for its utility . Now it’s adding some much needed style.

Once the standard version releases, Leatherman plans to release a watch version. I’m a tech geek, but damn if I don’t like the look of this better than a smartwatch.


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