Leatherman Tread Wins 2015 ‘Best of What’s New’ Award


Leatherman Tread Wins 2015 ‘Best of What’s New’ Award

The wearable, travel-friendly multi-tool was chosen by Popular Science Magazine as one of the top 100 tech innovations of the year

Portland, OR—November 19, 2015— Leatherman Tool Group Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools and inventor of the multi-tool category, is pleased to announce that the Leatherman Tread has received a 2015 “Best of What’s New” Award from Popular Science Magazine. The Tread was a winner in the Home Category, with the magazine citing the innovative design of the world’s first wearable multi-tool that “you’d never need to leave at home – or even in a toolbox.”

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The award is Popular Science’s top prize, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of nominees—are each a revolution in their respective fields.”

The Leatherman Tread is crafted of high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional tools each, making a total of 29 usable features like box wrenches, screwdrivers and a SIM Card punch available at a moment’s notice. Created to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, Tread users can rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼”. The Tread is available in stainless steel and DLC (diamond like coating) black finish. MSRP is $165.00 and $220.00 USD, respectively.


“The idea behind Tread originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said Ben Rivera, president of Leatherman Tool Group. “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. We are so thankful to be recognized by Popular Science for this innovation from Leatherman.”

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year—breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories: Automotive, Aviation, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green, Entertainment, Security, Software, Home, Health and Recreation.

About Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools (Leatherman) and LED lights (LED LENSER), with more than 128 million tools and lights sold, and distribution in more than 80 countries. For more information visit www.leatherman.com, www.ledlenser.com, or find us on Facebook at /leathermanusa and /ledlenserusa.

About Popular Science

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.