Tool geeks rejoice! Leatherman has just released details of its latest creation — a wrist-top multi-tool. The Tread incorporates 25 tools into 11 links constructed from corrosion-resistant, injection-molded stainless steel. Each link includes two or three tools.
While not cycling-specific, this wearable multi-tool incorporates a number of tools useful to cyclists, such as metric hex wrenches and flat and Philips screwdrivers. Perhaps best of all, the clasp doubles as a bottle opener.
The Tread is also customizable. So users could, for example, swap links for different metric hex wrenches. It is also possible that we could see discipline-specific links down the road that could include tools such as a T25 torx, or maybe even a chain tool, made by Leatherman or possibly by third parties.
Pricing for the Tread is expected to start at US$150 for the polished stainless version. A black version of the Tread with a DLC (diamond-like-carbon) coating will also be available for US$200. Leatherman expects to begin shipping the Tread this summer.
A version of the Tread bracelet that includes a watch will be available this fall. The Tread QM1 (bracelet plus watch) in polished stainless steel will retail for US$500. The black DLC version will set buyers back US$600.
Leatherman marketing and communication specialist Kitri Maguire noted that the company is exploring other wrist-top combinations as well. "We certainly hope in the future to work with other companies who excel in their area to create functional alternatives for the Tread – GPS is one area we’d like to explore," Maguire said.
For more information visit www.leatherman.com.