The Leatherman Tool Group will debut the Leatherman Tread, the company’s first wearable tool, this summer.
The bracelet will feature 25 corrosion-resistant stainless steel tools, including a cutting hook, hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, a bottle opener, and a carbide glass breaker. It will be available in two finishes and will retail for $150–$200.
“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said president Ben Rivera in a post on the company’s website. “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.”
Rivera said that while wearing prototypes, many people mistook the bracelet for a watch, so they decided to include the option of adding a timepiece.
The version of the Tread with a watch will be available in fall 2015. The watch will be Leatherman designed and Swiss made with precision quartz movement, shock-resistant sapphire crystal, and curved watch limits.
The bracelet is TSA compliant, and Rivera has traveled internationally with it without incident.
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