by Leo Jakobson | December 15, 2015

Leatherman Tool Group invented the multi-tool category in 1983, and has redefined it today with the award-winning Tread wearable multi-tool, a stainless steel bracelet with 10 links containing 29 separate tools, from screwdrivers and Allen wrenches to a bottle opener. And because it contains no knives, it can be taken through security lines. 

"The idea behind Tread originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family," said Ben Rivera, president of Leatherman Tool Group, in a statement. "I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying what they thought was a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Leatherman Skeletool. I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security. When I returned home I began to craft a wearable, customizable multi-tool -- which eventually became the Tread.

Winner of a 2015 "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science, the Leatherman Tread is made from high-strength, corrosion-resistant 17-4 stainless steel. The links can be added or removed and rearranged at the user's discretion. there's also a safety factor, as one link contains a seatbelt-cutting hook and carbide glass breaker -- everything you need to escape an auto.

The Leatherman Tread weighs less than six ounces and has a suggested retail price of $165, or $220 with a DLC (diamond-like coating) black finish. For more information, visit or email [email protected].