Leatherman has slashed the price on their Tread multi-tool bracelets and related accessories by 45%.
With this special sales or clearance event, you can save 45% on anything Tread-related – the full bracelets, individual links, and even the Tread watches with Swiss-made movements.
One of the big selling points about the Tread is that it’s travel friendly – partly because there’s no knife.
Is the Leatherman Tread awkward to use at times? Absolutely. Is it heavy enough to make its presence felt on your wrist? Definitely. But despite this, is it useful? Yes, it certainly can be.
This is have it on you in case you need it and make a fashion statement at the same time type of multi-tool.
Leatherman added a “Final Sale” clause to the new “special offer.” Does this mean that the Tread is on clearance and soon to be gone forever, or is the like being revamped with a new model?
The multi-tool bracelets shown above are priced at $82.47. If you’ve dreamt of picking one up, this might be the time to either break open your piggy bank or strike the Tread from your wishlist.
The biggest question to ask yourself about the Tread isn’t about whether you’d use it, but whether you’d wear it. Without pliers or a knife, it’s mainly going to be used for fastening tasks.
Personally, I think the watches are more appealing, and with this sales (or clearance) event, their prices are brought down from $400 to $220. I can’t recall the last time I wore my Tread bracelet multi-tool samples, but if one of the Leatherman watches suddenly came into my possession, I’d be very likely to wear it.
Do you think that the Tread bracelets or Tempo watches might be make for great gifts?
Curious who makes the actual watch and where. I think Leatherman is based in Oregon but I’m sure they’re sourcing the timepiece The bracelet makes for an interesting tactical look. Not my style, but interesting. I’d be praying that I’d never have to use it as awkward and inconvenient as it appears. Good for a couple “Hey, that’s cool”……….and into the drawer it goes.
They don’t provide details other than it’s Swiss-made.
The biggest watch “movement” makers are indeed in Switzerland and they make the movements for dozens of other branded watches.
Mostly vastly higher priced then Leatherman. Just check the Saturday WSJ Fashion editions and the Sunday NYT Sunday’s magazines.
Personally, I like the industrial look of the wearables. I actually think I like the look more than I imagine I’d enjoy trying to use them.
I had this bracelet some years ago and the darn this was trying it’s best to rather rudely manscape my wrist hair. Had to gift it to a friend.
Eddie the Hook
When i first heard they were making watchbands, yrs ago, i was looking forward to seeing it. But when i did, i was v disappointed.
If they made it a skeleton-style watch, this would be infinitely more gotta-have.
Except for the PST and maybe the Wave, the Tread is probably one of LM most copied designs. Fake copies abound on the internet, some with LM branding. Most of these fake clones are less than $50.
Is the clearance is due to discontinuance?
No idea. All they say is “Final Sale” with no returns.
I’m wondering how this thing is supposed to be adjusted to fit different size wrists? with a traditional metal watchband you can add or remove links. This could work the same way, but the links are very large so adding or removing one would make a huge change to the length of the band.
There’s a short link you can remove, or a larger link for bigger adjustments.
I have since read that there are in fact well over a dozen different links available which can be ordered individually from Leatherman with a variety of tool configurations including both sae and metric. There are also 3rd parties making the u-shaped pieces that join the tools together in slightly longer and slightly shorter versions for length adjustment.
I always really liked the idea of this… just not the price. The only other thing that would really have sold it for me was for it to be sold as a ‘watch band’ (not just as a complete watch). Don’t need THAT much ‘arm bling’…. and having this on my smartwatch would actually be very neat. I did find out that there are a couple of companies that made adapters to turn these into watch bands… but that adds yet another $20-30 to what is already, in my opinion, quite expensive accessory.
Very true dude.
Koko The Talking Ape
I always thought the way the individual “tools” are connected together was clunky. The screws seem oversized (and slot-head!) and the links between the tools bend outward and back in for no reason I can see. They could connect the tools in a more streamlined way that would weigh less and be less likely to snag on things, I think.
I assume that was an aesthetic choice. I personally like the appearance of some slotted screws but I’m not sure this is the best application for it. In my opinion it would look better with small flanged hex bolts. Or better yet, studs in combination with flanged hex nuts. Socket-head could work too. Hex would be fine, torx would be better, or perhaps one of the more exotic shapes might be more interesting.
Koko The Talking Ape
I agree, flanged hex or torx bolts (do those exist?) would look good, and would also just be better, because hex and torx are better than slotted. 🙂
Not surprising that they are doing a final sale on these. 83 dollars? Getting the watch would be a better deal to be sure. No deal for me.
I hope they come out with something more subtle – If I wore this with my small wrists, I will feel like a Terminator wanna-be
I spend a lot of time overseas working on foreign gear. I have a Galaxy watch and an S3 Frontier, both have Treads for watch bands. I love the fact that I can pull out a tool when I need it. I also carry a Victorinox Hercules with a few mods on it. But, I really like the Treads as watchbands. I will be receiving the Samsung S5 Pro by Friday so a new Tread for that one is also in the mail.
P. S. I also carry a Leatherman I bought in 1989 when I was getting ready for an overseas stint. It was very handy in Iraq during Gulf War 1.