Vehicle Preparedness Kit

Leatherman ambassador Jeremy Hill is a big advocate for preparedness in all shapes and forms. With his background as a skilled woodworker, he understands the value of having the necessary tools on hand and then a few extras for when things come up. As somebody who spends a lot of time in his truck (picking up slabs of wood and delivering finished furniture), it’s no wonder he’s got his vehicle equipped with everything you can think of. Here is an extensive list of some of the items he recommends you keep in your vehicle.

I am distilling the list down to what I consider to be a well-rounded, concealable kit that could be used in the event of an emergency, but is also portable enough if one needs to abandon their vehicle in a bad situation. Since I also like to keep items concealed to limit attention for break-ins, I’m dividing my list into two categories: In the console and under the backseat.

In the console: My truck has a decent-sized console between the front seats, which is also lockable.

1. Lighters: A butane torch style and a regular Bic. I’ve used them to light my backpacking stove, sterilize a needle to remove a deep splinter, light cigarettes, and even start a fire or two. I keep both kinds just to have a backup because you never know when something might fail.

2. Flashlight: Ledlenser, runs on AAA batteries. A flashlight is so useful for seeing into dark places: under the hood at night, along the side of the road, or just into your backseat when you’re looking for something in the dark. I’ve had to stop my truck and readjust a strap or bungee cord in the dark, and the flashlight was invaluable.

3. Headlamp: I use a Black Diamond, runs on AAA. Sometimes you need two hands to work under the hood or perform a task in the dark. A headlamp makes it easy to see what you’re doing right in front of you.

4. AAA batteries: Batteries are finicky and always seem to go out at the worst time. I keep a pack of 8 AAA’s in my console just in case.

Vehicle Preparedness Kit

5. Leatherman Surge: It can handle minor truck repairs; cut wires, wood, and seatbelts. I’m no mechanic, but I can fix the basic problems that might occur under the hood. With the Surge and bit kit, I’ve tightened loose battery cables, stripped wires, loosened stuck valve stem caps, and even cut a completely jammed seatbelt in an old Chevy with my Leatherman.

6. Map and Compass: Gas station style folding map of the Georgia and US Southeast, because sometimes GPS isn’t available; and an inexpensive Coleman Compass. I have never had to navigate using a compass in my vehicle, but I have a small compass attached to my backpack. I have however, needed to consult a good old-fashioned road map in areas of poor or no reception. I keep one in the glove box, and aside from having to fold it back up, have never regretted having it.

7.  Phone charging block and extra charger: In this day and age your cell phone is a lifeline. Why not take the extra step to make sure you have a charge in the event that your vehicle battery is dead, or that you are forced to go on foot and keep in touch with your people on the other end?

8. Sunglasses: These are valuable for a number of reasons, not only do they keep the sun out of your eyes while you’re driving, they can keep dust out of your eyes in windy conditions, and shield your face from the sun if you are stranded or forced to go by foot. They reduce eye strain, which also reduces fatigue.

9. Paper and pencil: Small Field Notes notebook and pencil for leaving notes, making a list, writing down information. In the event that you need to leave your vehicle, sometimes it’s wise to leave a note saying when you left or when you plan on being back. You can leave personal information such as phone numbers if need be. Or maybe you are on hold waiting for an insurance agent, or a wrecker service, and you need to write down information that they are giving you. I keep a little log and jotter book in my door pocket for just such instances.

10. Cash: I have an Altoids tin in the console with $50 in it just in case. These days, most people rely on cards or NFC payment methods with their phone; I know that I do. However, I can’t recall how many times I have needed cash in a pinch because some gas station credit card machine wasn’t working, or there was a sign on the door that said cash only. Having a little bit of cash tucked away in the console is a handy thing.

11. A hat or knit cap: Keeps the sun off your head and out of your eyes if you have to walk, can shield your eyes from the sun while driving, or help to keep your head warm if it’s cold.

Under the Back Seat: I purchased a simple plastic molded divider that was made to fit beneath my back seat in my Ford F-150. It has ample room for all of the items listed below and more. Otherwise you can also keep a medium sized Rubbermaid container under the back seat with these items in it.

1. Basic change of clothes: T-shirt, track pants, fleece pullover, socks, underwear, lightweight inexpensive rain jacket, pair of older hiking boots or tennis shoes. I keep these in the backpack in the event I have hike out somewhere, or get stranded in a less-than-ideal situation. I want to be comfortable and safe; not trying to navigate a potentially unfamiliar place in a pair of dress shoes or flip flops. I keep clothes that are lightweight, flexible, quick-drying so that they aren’t too hot, allow me to move with alacrity, and keep me dry.

2. Toilet paper in a gallon size ziploc bag: Besides its primary and most obvious use, toilet paper has may virtues from applying pressure to a wound to using as tinder to start a fire. The Ziploc keeps it dry, clean, and can serve as a waterproof container or trash bag. Needing to answer the call of nature is, well, natural and inevitable. Not having to use leaves to clean up is a big plus. Or, if you’re walking and start to develop a blister, some folded layers of toilet paper between the blister and your shoe make a world of difference. If you find yourself in the unfortunate need of making a fire to stay warm for the night, a little TP makes a great firestarter.

3. Simple food: Lance cheese and peanut butter cracker packs or Nature Valley granola bars that won’t melt or get sticky. I rotate these things every few months. They keep well in cold or heat. These are great to have on hand if you’re stranded waiting for help, or if you’re trying to keep hungry kids settled while you work to remedy whatever situation you’re in. Keeping your energy up and blood sugar stable allows you to feel better, think clearly, and make better decisions.

4. Jet Boil Zip: It’s a small backpacking stove and .8L pot all in one. Very packable, very easy to use. You never know when you might need to boil water quickly to prepare a freeze dried meal, make water potable, or sanitize something. In the event you are stranded and/or forced to shelter in place, the ability to prepare a hot meal or water is both physically and psychologically beneficial. Maybe you’re broken down in a remote area, or help won’t be available for a while. If it’s cold out, or you need a moment to regroup and think clearly, it’s remarkable what the normalcy and ritual of a hot cup of coffee or tea can do to calm you down and revive your spirits.

5. Food and drink: I keep three Mountain House freeze dried meals (I like spaghetti and meat sauce, breakfast skillet, and chili mac with beef) in my truck. All of these come in the smaller, vacuum packed Pro Packs, which don’t take up much room. All are able to be prepared with boiling water, and can rehydrate in the pouch. I also have a few Starbucks Via coffee pouches, an insulated Yeti 10oz Rambler, a lexan spoon, and 2 bottles of water with the Jet Boil. If you’re in a situation where it looks like you will be stranded all night, it’s really a boost to your morale and your health to have a hot dinner and/or a hot breakfast. A few years ago, I was stranded in an ice storm in Atlanta, GA. The South doesn’t handle snow and ice very well, and I had the misfortune of being stranded on a back road, hemmed in on either end by accidents, which blocked the road. I was miles from home, and decided to wait it out for a while. A while became hours, and the weather continued to worsen. Authorities recommended sheltering in place, and I agreed it was in my best interest to do so. While I would have survived the night without, I was able to stable off boredom and discomfort by preparing some Mountain House beef stew, and a cup of coffee. It was after Dawn before things started to clear up, and another few hours before I could start moving again. I made Mountain House biscuits and gravy and kept myself busy and full while I waited.

6. First Aid Kit: A small backpacking kit has basic supplies (bandage, gauze, triple antibiotic ointment, bandaids, tweezers, butterfly bandages, ibuprofen, Imodium, Benadryl). There are a thousand reasons to keep a first aid kit handy. I work outside a lot, and it’s not uncommon to be stung by yellow jackets, or sustain a minor injury lifting something heavy or using a tool. Having Benadryl or ibuprofen on hand can be a lifesaver. In the event of a cut, it’s important to be able to treat a wound and keep it clean in the field.

7. Gloves: Firm Grip Flex Impact – for changing tires in wet conditions, warmth in a pinch, general hand protection when loading/unloading payload from truck. Gloves have saved me from busted knuckles, scraped fingers, cold hands, or simply from getting dirty many times. Such an easy thing to carry, and even trucks have a “glove” compartment.

Vehicle Preparedness Kit

8. Backpack: Simple, nondescript, roomy and comfortable. I have a black Kelty daypack that I keep under the back seat. The bag is to load my gear into if I am forced to leave my vehicle for some reason and walk to safety. It’s important because in the event that I might need to abandon my truck and walk (if I’m broken down in a dangerous area or situation, or decide it’s better to seek assistance on foot), it’s important to be able to take enough supplies to be as comfortable and confident as possible.

9. Duraflame firestarter: In the event that I might need to make a fire in winter conditions. I understand that this may seem a little extra, but I was raised believing that it’s better have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. Maybe you won’t need to make a fire in an emergency, but you might need it on a camping trip. The small bricks take up 5 inches of real estate, and last indefinitely.

10. Blanket: Rolled up fleece blanket for warmth. I think everyone should keep a blanket in their car. Maybe you’re stranded and it’s cold, or maybe you or a family member has sustained shock – a blanket will help. Or, maybe you’re just on a long road trip, and your wife is like mine and gets cold at 74 degrees… I leave mine folded on the back seat. It has come in handy with everything from keeping me warm to protecting the leather in my truck when I put something heavy or sharp on it.

 

11. Sawyer mini water filter: An inexpensive and very lightweight way to ensure clean water in an emergency. This is another thing that many people might consider to be extreme. But, clean water is necessary for survival karma and at only a few ounces, it’s a serious game changer if you find yourself needing to purify water to drink or cook with. I have several of these for backpacking so it’s extremely easy for me to put one under the seat just in case.

All of this may seem excessive to someone who has never been in a situation that required preparedness, but all of it weighs under 15lb in the backpack, and easily fits under the back seat and in the console of my truck with room to spare. In a perfect world, you would never need any of this to get by, but things happen. Chances are if you carry a Leatherman tool you’ve given some thought to being prepared in some way or another. The peace of mind that preparedness brings is worth it even if you are lucky and never need to utilize your provisions. 

-Jeremy Hill

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Disclaimer: This preparedness kit is a suggested guideline compiled by Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. Leatherman does not guarantee users to be safe or free from hazards associated with these activities. Please consult medical personnel in the case of an emergency.

 

 

 

The Leatherman MultiTool’s Inventor on the One Thing He Never Uses It For

The Leatherman Mul.-Tool’s Inventor on the One Thing He Never Uses It For

Tim Leatherman, inventor of the eponymous multi-tool on his other knife, how he hacks pens and the decades he spent manually rolling his car windows down

Philips NorelcoI’m prey sure that my hearing loss is caused by having the same very noisy  oscillating razor up next to my ear every day for about 50 years. But a while back, my luggage was temporarily lost and my host loaned me a new rotary shaver that was nice and quiet. Ever since then I’ve been shaving with a Philips Norelco electric razor, most recently a Philips Norelco Shaver 3500.

MultiPenAfter my longtime ballpoint pen went out of production, I went on a big search for something new and finally found the Zebra 4-Color Multi Pen and Pencil. Of course, it wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I modify it with gel ink cartridges from a different pen so it flows smoothly. I play tennis against my business partner using a Prince racket – the same one I’ve been swinging for years. For the most part, I don’t credit or blame equipment for my performance on the court.

In most cases I tend to be a person who keeps things for a long time —I’m always one of the last to embrace something new. It was only in the last few years that I started driving a car with electric windows. For the 23 years prior to that I drove a 1988 Nissan Stanza Wagon that I nicknamed “The Box.” Now I drive a 2013 Toyota Prius. I most appreciate the fact that it can get as much mileage as it does and still offer such power and acceleration. I hope it lasts as long as my Nissan.

Pair KnifeWhen my wife and I travel, I always carry a paring knife in my suitcase because she loves fruit. And the worst thing you can do with a Leatherman knife is to peel fruit because the juice squirts out into the tool and gets between the blades into the hinges. When it dries, it really gums things up and you can’t open and close the blades anymore.

Multi-tool Maker Launches Leatherman Grant Program

Leatherman Grant

Leatherman debuts its first-ever grant program, donating $100,000 to inspire and develop the next generation of problem solvers

Portland, OR — June 12, 2018 — In 1983, after eight years of perseverance, Tim Leatherman created the world’s first multi-tool, and it became an icon. Over the last 35 years, Leatherman multi-tools have prepared people around the world to tackle challenges, and in some cases have even saved lives. Now, the creator of the original multi-tool wants to inspire and support the next generation of doers who may someday save the day and change the world.

Today, Leatherman is launching the Leatherman Grant Program. This inaugural program will donate $100,000 to support non-profit organizations that aim to inspire, prepare, and develop the next generation of problem solvers. The goal is to unleash the potential and fund the efforts of pioneering non-for-profit organizations who are solving problems to make the world a better place, just like Tim Leatherman did 35 years ago.

“It took eight long years and lots of perseverance to create a multi-tool I liked and finally, that the market liked too,” said Tim Leatherman, co-founder and chairman of the board. “We created this grant program to provide funds for fresh innovative ideas that have the potential to make a big impact. We hope we can enable someone to make their mark and make a difference.”

Grant applications will be accepted from June 12, 2018, until August 31, 2018. All 501(c)3 organizations or the global equivalent are eligible to apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. A team of Leatherman employees including Tim Leatherman will choose 10 to 15 grantees. Grantees will be announced in October 2018.

For more information about the Leatherman Grant Program, visit www.leatherman.com/grants

About Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman and Steve Berliner, Oregon-based Leatherman Tool Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools (Leatherman) and LED lights (Ledlenser), with more than 120 million tools and lights sold, and distribution in more than 86 countries. For more information visit www.leatherman.com, www.ledlenser.com, or find us on Facebook at /leatherman and /ledlenserusa.

Leatherman Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Revival of Original Pocket Survival Tool

Leatherman South Africa

The first-of-its-kind multi-tool returns: The Limited Edition PST

Portland, OR — January 23, 2018 — This is the first Tool Tale: In 1975, recent college graduate Tim Leatherman and his wife Chau set off on a roadtrip throughout Europe. Along the way, the unreliable Fiat the newlyweds had purchased for $300 required multiple roadside fixes. Tim had the right know-how, but not the right tools to fix it. Tim returned home with an idea for a multi-tool to tackle life’s unexpected challenges. He asked his wife if she could support the family while he pursued his idea. He thought it would take him a month to develop a prototype. After eight years of toiling in his garage and multiple rejections, the Pocket Survival Tool (PST) was born. In their first year of business, Tim and his co-founder hoped to sell 4,000 tools; instead, they sold 30,000. And over the next decade, they would sell over one million PST multi-tools.

Today, on the brand’s 35th Anniversary, Leatherman is continuing Tim’s legacy of unwavering perseverance, ingenious design, and commitment to quality with the revival of the Limited Edition PST.

“I’m incredibly proud to introduce a Limited Edition

Leatherman 35th Anniversary

Pocket Survival Tool nearly identical to my original design. Every tool is crafted just like the original, but not in my garage!” said Leatherman, who serves as chairman of Leatherman Tool Group. “Seeing it brings back memories of what it took to launch this company. I’m in awe of how it has grown over the years and thankful for our dedicated employees and faithful fans who helped us reach this milestone.”

The PST is limited to 100x pieces in South Africa and will retail for around R3600,00. Made of 100% stainless steel, the Limited Edition PST has 14 tools in one including: Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Wire Cutters, Hard-wire Cutters, 420HC Knife, Wood/Metal File, Phillips Screwdriver, Large Screwdriver, Medium Screwdriver, Small Screwdriver, Awl, Ruler (8 in/20 cm), Can Opener and Bottle Opener. Each PST is stamped with Tim Leatherman’s signature and comes with an American-made leather sheath, emblazoned with a diagonal wordmark in gold foil, a throwback to the original. The Limited Edition PST will be available January 23rd at select Leatherman retailers.

About Leatherman

Founded in 1983, Leatherman is the world’s largest manufacturer of tools that prepare people for both expected and unexpected challenges, journeys and adventures. Co-founder Tim Leatherman’s real life experiences inspired him to build the world’s first multi-tool, and his dedication to his product philosophy of creating multi-purpose tools with the highest quality, most functionality, least space, and least weight has driven Leatherman for 35 years. The Oregon-based company distributes its high quality Leatherman multi-tools, manufactured in Portland, in more than 86 countries. For more information about the original American multi-tool, visit www.leatherman.com.

Leatherman Expands Wearable Multi-Tool Series with TREAD Plus Watch

Leatherman Tread Plus Watch

Responding to customer demand, Tread™ Plus Watch including Tread LT debut

Portland, OR — November 21, 2017 — It’s high time for this product introduction from Leatherman. This summer, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. will debut the long-awaited TREAD™ Plus, a watch-meets-multitool to have on hand for the expected and unexpected. Known for its ingeniously designed multi-purpose tools, Leatherman is further expanding the collection of wearable tools with the TREAD™ LT which is 20 percent narrower and 10 percent lighter than the original TREAD. Fans have been clamoring for both the watch and a smallerversion of the original TREAD which first hit the market in fall 2015 as the world’s first wearable tool.

“The idea for the TREAD originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said Ben Rivera, president and CEO of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. “I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying my Skeletool, which has a blade. I was unwilling to give it up, so I took it all the way back to my hotel room and spent the rest of our trip thinking up ways to carry a multi-tool with me that would be accepted by security.”

When he returned from his trip, Rivera, who began his tenure at Leatherman Tool Group in 1991 as an engineer, began by wearing a bike chain bracelet to see how it would feel. As the design concept took shape, he brought his idea to the engineers at Leatherman who helped fast track his plans. Leatherman had intended to launch the TREAD with a time piece, but the engineering team had to go back to the drawing board to ensure the watch could withstand the torque placed on the link tools in the band. This November, Leatherman delivers on time with the TREAD PLUS.

Leatherman Tread Plus Watch

TREAD PLUS

This unique and much anticipated watch combines a TREAD band with interchangeable multiple tools in each 17-4 stainless steel link with a premium, Swiss-made timepiece with precision quartz movement. The timepiece shows the time and date and has a rotation unidirectional diver’s bezel, glow-in-the-dark hour markers and hands (stainless only). A shock resistant sapphire crystal ensures scratch resistance for heavy duty wear, and the curved watch limits reflection and increases outdoor visibility. The watchband comes with six links with the following tools: 3/32″ Screwdriver, 6mm Hex Drive, 4mm Hex Drive, #3 Square Drive, #1 Square Drive, Pozi-Driv #3. Three more interchangeable links are included: 8mm Box Wrench, Pozi-Driv #2, and 11mm Box Wrench. It is water resistant up to 200 meters, TSA-friendly, and adjustable both in link choices and wristband size in 1/4″ and 1/2″ increments. The clasp can also adjust by 1/8 inch. It comes in stainless steel and black and with a five-year battery warranty, two-year movement warranty, 25-year band warranty. It is perfect for the job site, through airport security or out on the town.

Leatherman Tread Plus Watch

TREAD® LT

The TREAD LT is 20% lighter and smaller than the original TREAD and comes with the following link tools: 3/32″ Screwdriver, Cutting Hook, 6mm Hex Drive, 4mm Hex Drive, 8mm Box Wrench, #3 Square Drive, #1 Square Drive, Pozi-Driv #2 and 11mm Box Wrench. It is also TSA-friendly and comes in stainless steel and black and carries a 25-year warranty.

In all of the TREAD products, each complex link is metal injection molded for strength and intensity. The bands are crafted to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, so the user can rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼ inch. Even the clasp is functional with a bottle opener and #2 square drive.

As with all Leatherman products, both new TREAD styles come with a 25-year warranty.

“I began wearing prototypes myself to test comfort and usability, and to ask for feedback,” said Rivera. “Folks immediately associated the design with a watch and asked, where’s the watch? It took us a little longer to perfect the watch version, but we’re glad to finally deliver it to our avid fans.”

About Leatherman

Founded in 1983, Leatherman is the world’s largest manufacturer of tools that prepare people for both expected and unexpected challenges, journeys and adventures. Founder Tim Leatherman’s real life experiences inspired him to build the world’s first multi-tool, and his dedication to quality engineering and craftsmanship has driven Leatherman for more than 30 years. The Oregon-based company distributes its high quality Leatherman multi-tools which are manufactured in Portland in more than 86 countries. For more information about the original American multi-tool, visit www.leatherman.co.za.

Leatherman Introduces the Signal™ Survivalist Multi-Tool

Leatherman Signal

Leatherman has designed a tool for those who participate in activities away from civilization. They found that Leatherman users often appreciate the preparedness that a multi-tool can bring them, and they’ve used that feedback as inspiration for this new tool. The new Signal multi-tool comes equipped with vital survival tools like a ferrocerium fire starter and whistle.

“We spoke with a lot of professionally trained survivalists and if you’re lost, or need to stay overnight outdoors, the main things you want with you are fire, the appropriate tools, and a way to communicate without relying on technology,” described Jason Carpenter, Sr. Product Manager. “If it is part of the tool already, you won’t have to think about bringing it. You’ll already be prepared.”

The Signal is designed for the adventure enthusiast who participates in activities like hunting, fishing, geocaching, camping, and hiking outdoors. “The goal for Leatherman was to design a minimalist tool that was specific to these outdoor users, taking out tools they may not use as much and replacing them with tools that they’ll need on these adventures,” said Carpenter. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

The Signal also comes complete with traditional Leatherman features like pliers, can opener, saw, awl and removable pocket clip. In addition, it includes popular features like a hammer, replaceable wire cutters, diamond-coated file, and bit driver. From natural disasters to the unpredicted during outdoor events, Leatherman hopes to help people to feel prepared for the unexpected.

Coming in a black and yellow color scheme, Signal adds a new look and feel to Leatherman’s full-sized multi-tool line. “It was important to communicate that this was the first Leatherman of its kind. The rugged, nature oriented design was a focus during our research,” said Kenny Lohr, Industrial Designer. “Leatherman strives to be authentic, and we weren’t going to let Signal fall short.”

Tim Leatherman visits South Africa!

Tim Leatherman South Africa

Over thirty years ago, whilst on a nine-month trip around Europe and the Middle East with his wife, Tim Leatherman, repeatedly attempted to repair their car and faulty hotel plumbing using his simple pocket knife. What he really needed was an additional tool with firm grip to hold, bend and compress objects. He began sketching and by 1983 Leatherman’s first “Boy Scout knife with pliers” was launched as a mail-order product. 33-years later, the Leatherman multi-purpose tool is a household name.

In May, Tim Leatherman returns to South Africa where he will be hosted by selected stores for talks and signings in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Listen to Tim Leatherman speak about the development of the Leatherman products and meet the man behind the concept of building a pocket knife around a pair of pliers.

You are invited to bring along your Leatherman multi-tools for him to engrave (free of charge), turning your hard-working multi-tool into a collector’s item.

Dates & venues:

10:00 – 13:00 Saturday 14 May 2016 at Trappers Cresta Shopping Centre, Johannesburg

10:00 – 13:00 Sunday 15 May 2016 at Cape Union Mart Mall of Africa, Johannesburg

8:00 – 16:00 Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 May 2016 at Nampo Agri Show, Bothaville

11:00 – 14:00 Saturday 21 May 2016 at Cape Union Mart Centurion Shopping Centre, Pretoria

10:00 – 13:00 Sunday 22 May 2016 at Trappers Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Pretoria

14:00 – 16:00 Sunday 22 May 2016 at New World Menlyn, Pretoria

10:00 – 13:00 Saturday 28 May 2016 at Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre Canal Walk, Cape Town

10:00 – 13:00 Sunday 29 May 2016 at Outdoor Warehouse Willowbridge, Bellville

Leatherman Introduces the Tread™ Wearable Multi-Tool!

Leatherman Tread

This year, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. debuted an industry first: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. 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 and screwdrivers available at a moment’s notice.

“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said President Ben Rivera. “I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Skeletool. I was unwilling to give it up, so they made me take it all the way back to my hotel room. I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security.” When he returned from his trip, Rivera, who began his tenure at Leatherman Tool Group 24 years ago as an engineer, began by wearing a bike chain bracelet to see how it would feel. As his thoughts took shape, he brought his idea to the engineers at Leatherman who helped fast track his plans.

The Tread bracelet began taking shape. Each complex link was metal injection molded for strength and intensity. The bracelet was crafted to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, so the user could rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼”. Even the clasp is functional with a bottle opener and #2 square drive. Other link tools include a cutting hook, hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker.

“I began wearing prototypes myself to test comfort and usability, and to ask for feedback,” said Rivera. “Folks immediately associated the bracelet design with a watch and asked, where’s the watch? We decided to make a timepiece an optional part of the Tread.”

A version of the Tread bracelet that includes a watch will also be available in future. The Leatherman Tread QM1 will feature a unique Leatherman-designed and Swiss-made timepiece with precision quartz movement. A shock resistant sapphire crystal ensures scratch resistance for heavy duty wear, and the curved watch limits reflection and increases outdoor visibility.

The Leatherman Tread is available in all major outdoor stores and selected independents nationwide!

The first Leatherman for kids!

Leatherman Leap

Recently, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. launched an engineering first: a multi-tool crafted specifically for the younger generation. Recognizing that its maturity and proper training that determines when a user is ready for more responsibility, Leatherman designed the Leap multi-tool with features made specifically for new tool users, including with the unique ability to be used without a knife blade. When the user is ready, the 420HC knife blade can be permanently added to the multi-tool.

“Having kids myself, I’ve found there isn’t a perfect tool for their size and ability that I feel comfortable letting them use,” said Product Manager Jason Carpenter. “The Leap is something I’d feel safe using to train and teach them the proper ways to use a tool and blade.”

Leatherman recognized a market need for a tool engineered specifically for kids when they heard Leatherman owners were passing down full-size Leatherman tools to the next generation. “A regular Leatherman is meant for adult hands, and isn’t comfortable or safe for smaller users,” said Carpenter. “Our goal was to craft a multi-tool made explicitly with kids in mind.”

The Leap’s tool set will be similar to a traditional Leatherman: needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, saw, ruler, tweezers, soda bottle opener, optional 420HC knife blade precision ground specifically for each tool, and Phillips, medium and small screwdrivers. Other special safety features of the Leap include safety locks that never put the user’s fingers in the path of the tools, a two-hand opening knife blade for safer blade deployment, and glass filled nylon handle scales with an ergonomic grip specifically designed to train the user to operate the blade in the opposite direction of him/herself.

“Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my father who took the time to pass on a valuable skill or life lesson,” said Product Design Engineer Peter Parker. “These experiences often took place outdoors, away from television and other modern distractions, and involved a level of trust and recognition of maturity. Now as a father, I see the value handing down the same knowledge and expertise to my children. The Leap gives the younger generation a tool designed just for them.”

The Leatherman Leap is available now in South Africa in three colours: red, green, and blue.

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