I’ve got a few Leathermans around the house, and one of my faves has a wire stripper, which I use quite frequently. Maybe it was years of Girl Scouts or just a love of gadgets, but I always thought they were cool. Well, things just got bumped up a notch as Leatherman recently announced their new gadget bracelet–Tread. I learned about this beauty from my friends at Makezine, and it’s fashion, function and fabulous.
The bracelet has up to 25 removable links that perform multiple functions. So, you’ll have your screwdrivers, wrenches and bottle opener close at hand. Plus, you may choose links with tools that have real geek appeal like an oxygen tank wrench, carbide glass breaker and Pick/SIM card tool. Hey, you never know when you’ll be part of an Ocean’s Eleven team.
This bracelet solves the TSA challenge of traveling with tools on a plane. So, hopefully in the future, your Leatherman won’t get snagged. Personally what I like about it is the look of the links. It’s reminds me of the bracelets made from old bicycle parts, and definitely has maker appeal. Hopefully there are some necklaces planned for the future. In fact, for those of us with skinny wrists, a necklace might be preferable since we can fit more links that way. Hmmm, I think there is a Tread hack in my near future. In fact, it will probably be in the summer since that is the planned release date.
Well, in the meantime, no sense moping. Get yourself this keychain sized Midnight Hacker Leatherman and you’ll be ready to strip wire next time you run into problems in the field with your RC plane. Or, fix your jewelry with the spring action pliers. This is an electrician’s delight, but it still has a scissors, bottle opener, file and other fun tools you’ve become accustomed to. Happy tinkering!
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