Leatherman supports the Britannia Classic

Downhill longboarding is a sport of friction. It’s how your wheels grip the tar, how tightly you hold your line, it’s that moment before your breath catches and you realize you’re going to have a new hole in your leathers.

At the Britannia Classic, all the gritty business is left on the track as laughs flow as freely as the shouts of exclamation directed at riders nailing a corner or an absolutely spectacular wipe out that turns the race on its head. This year, we got to participate as we gave each rider a Grind.

Many were surprised to hear that Leatherman had a tool directed at skateboarders and were even more shocked at just how much the tool accurately encompassed all their needs. We’re thrilled we were able to be part of a safe and family friendly event such as the Britannia Classic. It was awesome to witness their hard work pay off and young people to develop their skills and become world class athletes.
For more information on our action sports tools including Skate, Snow, and Surf tools: Visit our action sports page. 

A Leatherman Family

When I was 12 years old and a boy scout all I wanted for Christmas was a Leatherman like my dad. He had one that he used at work as a firefighter and around the house. I thought it was the coolest thing. I did get that tool under the tree that year almost eighteen years ago and I still have it today. I used it on every camp out and adventure that I went on as a scout.

Today I am a scout leader and a father and I still carry the same Leatherman I got all those years back. Now I am passing on the tradition to my boys by giving them a Leatherman like my dad did for me. They all got a Leap this year and it has been a fun time teaching them how to use their tools for everyday tasks like working on a bike or more simple things like cutting paper. I hope that when they get older they have the opportunity to share their skills with their kids too.

Cory L.
Las Vegas, NV

Cory was the winner of one of our Father’s Day Tool Tales prizes. For more information on how you can share your favorite story about Dad and win one of our Father’s Day prizes, click here. Final winner will be chosen on 6/19/2015. 

Bagpipes, Runners, and LED LENSER

LED LENSER had the opportunity to support the inaugural TEDxPortland 6K night run, held May 7, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. This non-competitive, family-friendly route took runners around the Portland Waterfront at sunset and continued into the evening.

The theme this year was “Paint the Town Red.” LED LENSER donated Red SEO 5 headlamps for pacers and volunteers of the event. The power and versatility of the SEO 5 was a hit among the runners and volunteers alike. Watch the video below and see the awesome spirit of Portland, Oregon!

Mother only asks for a Tread for Mother’s Day, what happens next?

Joel cut it pretty close and visited the Leatherman Retail Store on Friday before Mother’s Day. He was hoping to get his wife, Tarah, the one thing she asked for, a Leatherman Tread. Unfortunately, they’re not for available until June.

When we heard word of this and that the Tread is the only thing Tarah asked for, we couldn’t leave Joel empty-handed. Watch the story unfold…

SSgt Josh Burnett and Military Working Dog, Jecky

We sometimes hear about awesome organizations who use our products to give to military men and women around the world for various reasons. Very rarely do we get something as cool as an image of them in the moment with our products.

The Vietnam Security Police Association assembled some packages with Surge multi-tools and M5 LED LENSER lights to give to members of the Old Dawgs and Pups program.

Here, in the image below, you see Staff Sergeant Josh Burnett opening his new Surge and M5 with the help of his MWD, Jecky. Jecky must assume there’s dog treats in the box but there must be another package from his official Old Dawgs & Pups sponsor on the way for him.

This is a one-of-a-kind photo and we thank all the military men and women around the world for everything they do. 

New VP of Marketing at Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bobbie Parisi to Vice President of Marketing of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. as of February 16, 2015. Parisi will be located at our Portland, Oregon manufacturing headquarters and report to our President, Ben Rivera.

Bobbie Parisi

Bobbie Parisi

Parisi has an extensive brand management background in the outdoor industry in the Northwest. Prior to this role, Parisi served in executive level marketing and brand management positions at Yakima Products, KEEN, Dr. Martens, Nike, and Jose Cuervo.

Parisi is an outdoor enthusiast, active in the community, and passionate about getting youth into the outdoors. She is currently serving as a board member on the OIWC (Oregon Industries Women’s Coalition), a non-profit that promotes diversity in the outdoor, bike, and snow industries, and as a Board member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. She also serves on the Portland Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Council.

“At Leatherman, we place top priority on crafting quality products for end-users at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon,” said Leatherman President, Ben Rivera. “Bobbie Parisi will be instrumental in driving the global direction of our brand, product innovation, and communications. I’m very excited to have Bobbie join Leatherman as Vice President of Marketing.”

In this role for Leatherman, Parisi will be responsible for leading the marketing department, as well as global brand strategy, advanced product development, and product management. She will also be managing the LED LENSER brand for the US market.

WELCOME BOBBIE!

LED LENSER Becomes Exclusive Safety Partner of the 2015 Hood To Coast Relay

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with the 2015 Providence Hood To Coast Relay presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers as the Official Safety Sponsor. The 34th annual Hood To Coast/Portland To Coast Relays race participants run and walk through light and dark, and varying temperatures.

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As the Exclusive Safety Sponsor of the 2015 relays, our partnership will bring increased awareness to course safety and encourage participants to utilize LED LENSER products. LED LENSER flashlights and headlamps allow runners and walkers to control the light for their relay experience so participants can stay safe and extend the time they’re able to be involved in outdoor activities. Our NEO headlamp is a perfect light-weight headlamp at 1.9 ounces for every runner and walker. It has an ultra-wide 150˚ beam so participants can see more of what’s in front of them, and contains a rear blinking light for additional safety and visibility.

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“We are proud to partner with LED LENSER as our Exclusive Safety Sponsor of the 2015 relays,” said Race Director Felicia Hubber. “Our number one priority is to ensure that all of our runners and walkers have a safe and enjoyable experience. I know, as an experienced runner and user of the LED LENSER NEO headlamp, that these high-quality headlamps will contribute significantly to the safety and efficiency of our iconic relays.”

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The Providence Hood To Coast Relay is the most popular relay race in the world with over 19,000 runners and walkers participating in three events: the 34th annual Providence Hood To Coast Relay, the 25th annual Providence Portland To Coast Walk Relay, and the 18th annual Portland To Coast High School Challenge. This year, the three events include runners and walkers from all 50 U.S. states and 36 countries worldwide.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Visits Leatherman

On February 17th, we were host to Secretary Pritzker as she held a roundtable business discussion with leaders from around the Portland area.

Leaders from Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Intel, Portland Business Alliance, CH2M Hill, Austin Industries, City of Roses Disposal and Recycling, CMS Consulting, Columbia Green, ESCO, Greater Portland Inc., Greenbrier Companies, King Estate Winery, Pacific Northwest International Trade, Pacific Seafood, Portland Development Commission, Port of Portland, Schnitzer Steel, Simplex Aerospace, SolarWorld Industries America Inc., Vigor Industrial, Mayor Denny Doyle of Beaverton, and Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland were all part of the roundtable discussion.

Secretary Pritzker Speaking With Tim Leatherman

Secretary Pritzker Speaking With Tim Leatherman

Pritzker then wanted to visit with our President, Ben Rivera, and founder Tim Leatherman as she got a guided tour through our factory. They spoke about how Leatherman employs close to 500 Oregonians and exports our products to over 100 countries around the world – all from our one manufacturing facility here in Portland.

Secretary Pritzker Was Very Active During The Tour, Asking Many Questions About Our Processes

Secretary Pritzker Was Very Active During The Tour, Asking Many Questions About Our Processes

“It’s a fabulous company,” Secretary Pritzker said during her media interview later that afternoon. “It sells to a hundred countries around the world. It’s been in business since 1983. They employ 500 good folks – close to 600 now. That’s how we ended up here.”

Secretary Pritzker With A Leatherman Manufacturing Employee During The Factory Tour

Secretary Pritzker With A Leatherman Manufacturing Employee During The Factory Tour

The Light Series

Lately, we’ve been focused on launching a group of high-intensity headlamps for active outdoors, sports and running users. We’re extremely proud of these new products – check out our awesome new video here:

The lights featured in this video are the NEO, XEO, SEO 7R and the H14R.2.

  • NEO: The ultimate running headlamp, with features like 90 bright lumens of light, a 150˚ ultra wide beam and a rear blinking light. We want you to be safe, see clearly and be seen while enjoying your favorite adventures, and at only 1.9 oz, you’ll barely notice it’s there.
  • H14R.2: Perfect for hiking, camping, or extreme outdoor adventures.The rechargeable H14R.2 is a lightweight 12 ounces and it’s 850 lumens will keep your area more than well lit at all times.
  • XEO: Brand new, just introduced. This dual-LED light gives you the ultimate control over your light and adventure. Boosting at 2000 lumens, with the ability to focus two lights on beam or spot, you can light your whole area while still focusing on the task at hand.
  • SEO 7R: An optional red night-vision preserves your eyes in times you need it most. Packed with technology, the SEO 7R will sense the light level in your surrounding area and will adjust its brightness automatically to save battery life and give you light when you need it, without taking your hands from your task.

See more LED LENSER lights, for all kinds of activities and adventures. And make sure to take note of our popular SEO headlamp upgrades in style and function.

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 launched this year at SHOT Show:

  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 to design something that was the ultimate accessory to every day. A few notable facts are that this bracelet comes TSA compliant with 26 wearable tools, an optional watch, and black DLC or stainless steel finish. The bracelet will be sold 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 and 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 as we get closer to the release dates, stay tuned!

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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.