I absolutely love cool things you can wear that are also very functional. In this Leatherman Tread review of their fairly new bracelet, I want to show you exactly what you will get before you purchase something you might end up regretting.
What is the Tread Bracelet?
Leatherman is always coming up with something new as far as multitools are concerned. What we have here is multitool in the form of a bracelet. Yup, a bracelet.
This is one of the few multitools that can actually pass through TSA and has somewhat of a decent look to it.
The Tread comes with 25 actual tools, that are all functional. You can get it in stainless steel (cheaper) or flat black, which costs about $50 more.
Who This is For
I’d like to say this is for the outdoorsy manly guy, but I find this to fit more for the person looking to use this as an accessory rather than have it do what it’s supposed to do.
Although a multitool, I find the look of this to be more on the gothic side. I like the concept and all, but I don’t think this will fit everyone’s style.
Now it’s made out of stainless steel so you can expect this to be durable and get you to turning a screw and maybe cutting some 550 cord.
The tool has two price points that come with the two different models.
Stainless Steel – $164.87 on Amazon.com
Black – $219.85 on Amazon.com
Personally, I think that is pricey especially with all the complaints that I’ve come across doing some research on the web.
Complaints of the Tread Bracelet
The biggest complaint that can be the deal breaker with this purchase would have to be about the screws falling off. They are not the biggest of screws so having one fall off is not going to make you a happy camper.
Occasionally this tool will lock up and would require a penny or something to get it unlocked. Actually, this happens more than you would like it to, so maybe having a coin handy would fix it?
I wouldn’t like to deal with that. Period. For that price I’d expect this thing to be flawless. I mean, if a keychain type multitool can come with a scissor and a knife for less than $30, this Tread has to at least be functional.
Final Opinion of the Tread
I’m going to give this one a 2/5 star rating. I’m all about functionality rather than style, so this product will fall more on the fancy side of things.
Then again, this gives you more of a gothic look, rather than the “I’m a survivor” type look. So this is going to really be up to you.
It is not the best option as far as multitools are concerned, but it is out there. Now if you’re looking for something a little more simple with great functionality, you’re better off with something like the Gerber Dime, which I find to be super handy.
Before You Buy
Don’t forget about the complaints that came with this. Losing screws fairly easy is not something you want happening after you spend $200 on something.
Do remember that Leatherman always has their 25 year guarantee to backup their products. So if something happens to any of your gear, please get a replacement.
Well that’s all I have to say about the Leatherman Tread bracelet. If you have any experience with this, please feel free to share your thoughts below.
To buy or not to buy?