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Hands-on with the Leatherman Tread Wearable Multi-Tool

29 functional instruments, worn on the wrist

by David Graver
on 28 July 2015

Nothing can replace a fully-stocked tool box in terms of effectiveness and safety. However, for those on the go or looking always to be prepared, the Leatherman Tread delivers quick, functional and valued support—in bracelet form. With some 10 stainless steel links, the bracelet features 29 distinct tools; from a Phillips Screwdriver and a box wrench to a cutting hook and SIM card pick. Even the clasp features a bottle-opener and a socket adapter. Each component can be removed to maximize the tool function, though plenty of them work simply by unfolding them. And despite its thickness, it's actually quite stylish.

Why wear tools on your wrist? The Tread is a compact system that could definitely aid travelers—especially cyclists and those venturing off road—whether you need to fix something on the fly or simply crack open a beer. Regardless of the tools' small sizes, each is fully functional and the overall design of the piece allows for ease of use. You may also notice that it looks a lot like a stainless steel watch band—a nice touch that makes it all the more wearable.

The Leatherman Tread is available for purchase online, where the black DLC version retails for $220, and the stainless steel version for $165.

Images by Cool Hunting

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