The 2015 SHOT Show Recap

We had so much fun this year at SHOT Show. We launched three innovative new products, along side LED LENSER, who launched amazing new groundbreaking lights and headlamps as well.

Here is a recap of the three new tools we brought this year:

  1. Tread – the 25 tools you can wear on your wrist. Inspired by a trip to Disneyland, and our President being asked to remove his Skeletool, we wanted something that was this bracelet is the ultimate accessory to everyday. TSA Compliant. Watch Optional. Black DLC or Stainless Steel. The bracelet will come up late spring 2015, and the watch should be here fall 2015.
  2. Rev – the entry level multi-tool. This tool was designed to be the light, easy to use, and low-cost entry-level multi-tool for users. Carrying 12 useful tools this becomes an upgrade from pocket size, but not as heavy or complex as the Wave, this tool makes a great household or light activity tool. Comparable to the Sidekick and Wingman, the Rev removes the scissors which are costly to manufacture and also the spring-loaded pliers, allowing us to give you a lower cost with same great quality.
  3. Signal – the survivalist multi-tool. This tool comes packed with the must-haves if you ever should come into trouble. A ferro rod to start fire, a whistle for communication and the favorite or useful outdoor tools like Pliers, wire cutters, hammer, saw and knife…among others.

All these tools are backed by our 25-year warranty, and will be available starting Spring 2015. More information coming, like final MSRP pricing, final release times, and where to buy information, as we get farther in development.

Want more? Check out our Leap children’s multi-tool for your 9-12 year olds. And buy them ready for purchase now, here. Available in green, red and blue.

Questions? Contact us at info@leatherman.com.

LED LENSER’s 2015 New Products

SHOT Show is one of the biggest trade shows of the year for us and we always take this opportunity to launch some of our newest products to our distributors and attendees. Some you may have seen these before in soft launches, but SHOT show has made it official. Plus, one new product, which you’ve probably never seen – we wrote a separate blog for that, here.

Also, we upgraded our SEO line, check that out! 

Upgrades for our SEO Headlamps

LED LENSER, a Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. company, announced a refresh to their lineup of powerful and lightweight SEO LED headlamps. LED LENSER has added consumer-requested features, boosted lumen performance, and given a new look to the ISPO Award-winning SEO 3, SEO 5, and SEO 7R.

New features to the SEO line include a silver focusing ring to eliminate light loss from the edges of the lens and new ergonomic headbands for the whole line. The SEO 3 has been completely rethought with LED LENSER’s Advanced Focus System™ and a new LED chip that boosts lumen performance by 10%.

All the lights in the SEO line feature Smart Light Technology™ for switching quickly between high and low power and a signal mode and LED LENSER’s patented Advanced Focus System™ for either a wide beam for reading a map, or a powerful spot for long distance visibility. All SEO lights feature a red light mode for preserving night vision.

The SEO 7R pioneered a new patented technology for LED LENSER, OPTISENSE™, which measures the light level in the user’s surrounding area in real time. The light then adjusts its brightness automatically, saving battery life and providing the user with just the right amount of light, hands free. SEO 7R also comes with a rechargeable battery pack that allows the user the option of charging via a conventional plug or USB, or using three AAA batteries.

All SEO headlamps weigh less than 3.5 ounces, have a helpful carabiner clip for carrying on the go, and feature a swiveling head to direct light exactly where it’s needed. The green SEO 3 provides 100 lumens on high; the SEO 5 headlamp, which comes in a gray or red option, provides 180 lumens; the blue SEO 7R provides 220 lumens. All three lights operate on only three AAA batteries.

The wearable tool, the new Leatherman Tread

[UPDATE] Need more info on specs and links? Our Tread product page is now live, click here. 

This summer, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. will debut 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 25 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 be available in Fall 2015. The Leatherman TreadTM 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.

Introducing the new Leatherman Signal Survivalist Multi-tool

If you are far away from civilization on an exciting outdoor adventure, or making sure you’re ready when the unexpected happens, the new Signal multi-tool helps the planning become just a little bit easier 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 was designed originally for the adventure enthusiast who participates in activities like hunting, fishing, geocaching, camping and hiking but has morphed into something that can keep you ready and safe in any stressful unexpected situation.

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.

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.”

The new XEO headlamp: Groundbreaking Dual-LED Technology, all in your control.

LED LENSER, a Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. company, has designed a groundbreaking and versatile headlamp for the ultimate adventurer. The XEO headlamp is the first of its kind with a bright 2000 lumen output in two independently operated LEDs, state-of-the-art technology, and transformative design that allows the user to wear, carry and mount the light comfortably for all situations.

Holding two separately controlled LEDs, the XEO’s patented structure will allow easy independent manipulation of each light. “The ability to focus and control each lens freely lets you design the light for your activity,” said Chris Currah, LED LENSER Product Manager. “You can decide to have one light on spot and one light on flood, or you can choose to have both on the same setting for a more defined spot or flood beam.”

The XEO was created with a new user-friendly dynamic control pad that lets the operator easily adapt the light between settings. Light modes and brightness can be changed with the use of the five intuitive programmed buttons on the top of the light, making lighting favorite activities simpler than ever.

The XEO will also introduce three new advanced features including a USB charger and power bank, OPTISENSE™ technology and an air intake chamber. The remarkable USB charger and power bank will let the consumer use the headlamp battery to charge a phone, GoPro®, or other electronic devices on-the-go. OPTISENSE™ technology uses an integrated brightness sensor to give the light the ability to measure the output needed in real-time and then adjusting accordingly. The air intake chamber was designed to allow air enter into the headlamp as the user moves, cooling the LEDs so the XEO will maintain peak performance and brightness for longer.

“We wanted something that can be used without the user worrying about switching between modes or features at a moment’s notice,” said Currah. “It’s one of our most sophisticated headlamps, letting you effortlessly control the light for your needs during any activity.”

The XEO headlamp will include a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack, optional extended power cord and run for up to 40 hours. It is designed with IPX6 splash-proof housing, and is backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty. The XEO also has a variety of mounting accessories that can be used in a number of original ways: like clip it to a belt or bag, transform it to a handheld flashlight, mount it to a helmet, or even attach it to a bike during a ride.

A recap on our chat with Ben.

In case you missed it, we recently had a Twitter takeover by our very own President, Ben Rivera. Ben sat on our Twitter account for one hour, from 2-3pm PST, and answered any questions coming his way as they piled in. We gathered some of the more popular questions, and have recapped the event for you here.

Ben’s most popular questions and his responses (summarized):

  1. Why doesn’t Leatherman create more fixed knife products?
    1. There are a lot of people who make knives and are really good at making knives. When we make them, we would like to make sure it’s perfect and unique to the market. I wish we could show you how many different prototypes we’ve made, but unfortunately we can’t.
  2. Why has Leatherman shifted its focus to skateboard and surfboard tools instead of more tools for more diverse groups?
    1. We make a variety of tools for specific groups, skate, surf and snow are just a version of that. We have developed good tools for emergency response, gun use, tradesmen, DIY, etc. We’ll continue to appeal to other markets, but developing tools that are up to our standards, while maintaining our current line, takes time and commitment.
  3. Which element of the multi-tool do you think absolutely every tool should have?
    1. The obvious answer if pliers, otherwise your multi-tool is probably a knife. My favorite feature is surprisingly the knife, in conjunction with other Leatherman popular tools. I love the Skeletool, the design and engineering is forward and modern.
  4. Why don’t you get into wearable tech?
    1. I think wearable tech is a good way for Leatherman to venture out, but we’re not experts at technology right now. What I like about the idea is that it’s relevant to today, and it keeps attention. People don’t need another copy of what’s already being done. We’ll probably focus on what we’re most educated in and continue to create new, modern tools.
  5. Can you make a full set of MUT style wrenches? A full metric or standard set would be perfect. 
    1. Oh, that’s an interesting idea. The next questions I have is who already does this, and how can we do it better so it’s different and helpful. I’ll keep this in mind.
  6. Can you start putting s30v blades on all your tools?
    1. We offer it on the Charge TTi, but it’s expensive. There is a variety of materials people prefer, we try to keep a little bit of it all. Realistically, the only time we could see this happening is if we ever figured out tool customization, but right now that would be too expensive.
  7. Can you create customization for tools, so we can pick the parts we want and create our “perfect tool”?
    1. Yes, but it would take a lot of time, and a lot of resources. It’s something we’ve definitely thought of a lot, but haven’t mastered yet. When we do it, we want to do it right. In manufacturing, logistics, design – there are a lot of ways it could go wrong that would still need to be worked out.
  8. Any plans on a Super Tool (or other tools) with a built in LED Light? 
    1. No plans, but we’ve thought of it. Again, it goes back to time and resources, we’d need to re-work and think this through. There are a lot of questions that would need to be answered to pull this off.
  9. Which tool do you suggest me to get?
    1. Without knowing anything about you, I’d say the Wave. If we got the opportunity to talk more, I’d ask more questions and get the chance to figure out what tool is perfect for you. Do you use a AR-15? Mut. Are you a fisherman? Surge. Do you work as an EMT? Raptor.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We had a great time. Stay tuned for more fun on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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Handling Routine Car Maintenance with Everyday Tools

[GUEST BLOG]: Tools and auto repair have been long-time buddies for as long as we can remember. While some are fluent in auto maintenance, others need direction as to what tool works best for each need. Who better to tell you some of the top tools necessary for DIY auto repair and maintenance than The Armored Group, a company that renovates everyday trucks into armored trucks?

Here are some must-haves for your vehicle’s tool kit for any minor repair or maintenance task!

  1. Illuminate the Dark - No matter if it’s dark or light outside, you will definitely need a flashlight. Take these small rechargeable light options for example. These small handheld lights pack a punch with adjustable light modes, so you can see all the nooks and crannies of your engine or vehicle’s interior! All of the above options come with a five-year warranty!
  2. Pliers Hold ’Em - Pliers are a great tool for various maintenance tasks. Use the clamping version, such as Leatherman’s Crunch, to hold down a part end, while you use a wrench to loosen a bolt or other fastener. Needle-nosed pliers, on the other hand, have tapered, slender tips that are good for getting into those tight spaces.
  3. Precisely Tight Spots - Certain types of wrenches serve different purposes in car maintenance. Traditionally, wrenches for vehicle maintenance come in both US customary units and metric sizes to accommodate the different fits for nuts and bolts throughout your vehicle. If you don’t want a deluxe size set, try the pocket-sized, such as the Piranha 2!
  4. Choose Flat or Phillips - Screwdrivers are great for tightening or loosening clamps, as well as taking care of any screws that hold protective pieces to the main part you are seeking to reach. Opt for the bit kit accessory pack to attach to your Leatherman.

Granted there are many more tools that were used to create your vehicle, but for simple vehicle maintenance, having a flashlight, set of pliers, set of wrenches and sockets as well as the two types of screwdrivers will get the minor jobs taken care of. Need more ideas on how to use tools for everyday maintenance? Contact your local tool specialist today!

The Armored Group LLC takes ordinary trucks and converts them into extraordinary science marvels with their bullet-resistant plating and glass. Our vehicles have been used in military, tactical and even money-transporting businesses for over 25 years, and we will continue to do so to protect every passenger, every time. Fill out our contact form to get more information about our updated inventory today!