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Leatherman Tread

A full review of the Tread wrist multi tool by Leatherman.

Day 1

So the Tread has arrived.

First impressions: DLC coating and general finish is excellent (very impressed TBH) the size of this thing out the box is huge. So after some reductions it slipped on well. It is a weighty thing but that’s something I suppose I will either get used to or not.

The tool quality looks great (yet to be used).

So was the price tag worth it?

I will get back you on that

And, lastly, the big question will it be used? I will just have to wait and see. Although having hex bits and more available that I never carry normally would have been useful last weekend.

So what do you get?

Leatherman details.

  • PRODUCT TYPE: Wearable
  • CIRCUMFERENCE: 8.56 in | 21.74 cm
  • WEIGHT: 5.9 oz | 168 g
  • BAND WIDTH: 1.2 in | 3.05 cm
  • BRAND: Leatherman
  • MATERIALS: 17-4 Stainless SteelAnytime, anywhere.
  • The functionality of a Leatherman tool, with you everywhere. Our engineers designed multiple tools in each 17-4 stainless steel bracelet link, making usable tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box wrenches available at a moment’s notice. Adjustable to accommodate any wrist size and fully customizable with the links you need most, the Leatherman Tread® is as stylish as it is functional.
  1. #1-2 Phillips
  2. 1/4″ Box Wrench
  3. 3/16″ Screwdriver
  4. 6mm Hex Drive
  5. 10mm Box Wrench
  6. 5mm Hex Drive
  7. 1/4″ Hex Drive
  8. Oxygen Tank Wrench
  9. 3/16″ Hex Drive
  10. 1/8″ Hex Drive
  11. 3/16″ Box Wrench
  12. 3/32″ Hex Drive
  13. 3/32″ Screwdriver
  14. 1/8″ Flat Screwdriver
  15. 4mm Hex Drive
  16. 8mm Box Wrench
  17. 3mm Hex Drive
  18. 5/16″ Screwdriver
  19. 3/8″ Box Wrench
  20. 1/4” Flat Screwdriver
  21. #1 Phillips
  22. 6mm Box Wrench
  23. #2 Phillips
  24. Carbide Glass Breaker
  25. Pick/Sim Card Tool
  26. Cutting Hook
  27. 1/4″ Socket Drive Adapter
  28. Bottle Opener
  29. #2 Square Drive

First Review After 1 Week

So it’s been just over a week now with the leatherman Tread and thought I would give my honest opinion to this thing.

I think it’s easier to break it down into sections so…

Appearance

Even after a week I still find myself just looking at it. It’s always going to be a ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ type of item but I like it more than I thought I would. When it’s visible I have had many people glance at it, some have commented, some have double take and some have just looked with the expression of WTF is it? I even had someone ask if it was made of lego and some bloke stopped me to say it was awesome so it’s been a real mixed bag. For me I will say it’s a winner in the looks department.

Actual Use

I have used it three times. Could I have used another tool? Yeah maybe, but I did need an Allan key and the Tread is the only thing I carry with any (one of the main reasons I wanted it). Every time the Tread worked well with no issues at all. I wouldn’t use it if I needed to do something with a lot more force but I’m sure the Tread would give as good as it gets.

Wear and tear

The coating is very clean although it will scuff and scratch over time (like any coating would) the tips will mark up when used as well but I think it will just add to it’s appearance.

Everyday wearing

I’ve worn the Tread all day and over night and then all day and took it off on a night. I’ve had long shirts and short shirts, coats and jackets. Not once have I caught myself or my clothes, on this I’m very impressed. It’s easy to wear and comfortable, not as big as you may fear and sits just like having a good sized watch on. The weight is something I really like (some people may not like the heavy weight feel mind you).

Cost

It’s very very expensive for an item that will get little use. I still think it’s very over priced and they would sell a lot more if they just dropped the price. I got it for an OK price and 50% off the full value however even this is maybe just above where it should be. Don’t get me wrong it very well made and a lot of production and effort goes into the Tread. If it was around £60 Or $80 It would be a no brainer.

Overall

Would or could it be a replacement for a multitool?

The easy answer is No.

The ‘No’ however does come with some caveats as while it doesn’t have all the function of a full multitool it can be a great addition to your EDC.

Yes I would recommend one and yes I am very glad I now have one. It will be a firm part of my setup from now on and it will become very useful at random times

7 Month Update

I’ve had the Tread around 7 months now and still love it as much as I did when I got it. It’s been used and worked every time I’ve needed it. I still stand by my original review that it’s expensive but it’s worth getting if you can get a good price.

Two Year Review

I am happy to report that after two years of constant wear the Tread has held up magnificent and has certainly got me out of a few incidents when an Allan key or quick screw driver was needed and I’m sorry to be that guy but I didn’t want to scuff my expensive pry tool or knife. The Tread has held up to all the abuse I have given it and never faltered.

I have recommended this to other people and would still do that today. Its great. But the problem remains that this item is an ‘extra’ bit of kit. Not the go to item, but a secondary item that can be easily carried and is used as and when it comes to those times when you need something else, in most cases it is an Allan Key or pick I have found. I have undertaken some stress tasks and even those have held up well.

If you had a purpose made screw driver you wouldn’t use the Tread, if you had a set of hex bits, you wouldn’t use the Tread. But this is the clever bit. Most people and by that I mean nearly every one except the A-Team and McGyver don’t carry everything on them. So if you want to be covered for more than you are it’s a must have.

The other problem I have is still the price. It’s expensive. Yes! It’s very well made. Yes! It’s good to look at and Yes! It’s cool. But it is on the costly side for an item that is only a secondary tool.

But if you can get one for a good price I would say do it. You’ll love it.

Ben Radley (co-founder EDC Cooperative)

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