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new powder cord / leash finalized design for sale

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hello, I have finalized my latest idea for a powder cord / leash combination. I have been tinkering with various ideas for a while now, and have built many prototypes. My last thread had so many different pictures on it that I decided to just start a new thread. I have tried to find suppliers of high quality low cost mini biners for a while now without much success. All of the biners are either really poor quality or too expensive, so I worked out a way around the biner connection to the ski. I wanted a quick way to attach to the ski, so that it is easy to deal with for riding trams, snow cats, etc.. Also, I really like the leash aspect of this design, the idea being to retain the ski during a gentle fall or inadvertent release, but to break away during dynamic falls leaving the powder cord attached to the ski. This is important if skiing in difficult, remote terrain or if getting caught in a slide. There was a lot of discussion on this in the old thread.

 If any one would like to order a pair of these, just send me a private message. I am charging $43.00 for these including first class shipping to the lower states.

 I can still sew the more basic simple powder cords if anybody wants them, but the new design is so much more convenient, and reliable, I would really like to encourage folks to take a good look at them.

Pray for snow!!!!!!

 

post #2 of 30

Nice, though I recently bought your previous detachable version (below pic) and...not to spur on any buyer's remorse, but what's the advantage of the newer gray/stretchy portion vs. the coiled orange design that I got?

post #3 of 30

How long are they?

post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hi, ski-Ra, The main difference is that the coiled line style requires a small carabiner, and I just could not find a reliable source for the carabiners that were both high quality and inexpensive. Those small biners that you got were about  $2.00 each, and I couldn't get a price break even if I ordered 100 of them. I really like the coiled cord style, but they are expensive and time consuming to make. I have thought about having some made overseas, but I really want to just keep it local. The newest style is all about sewing, and they are time consuming to make, but the materials are easy to get, and relatively inexpensive. They both accomplish the same thing in slightly different ways. Have you had a chance to use yours yet? Please let me know how they work for you.

We haven't had too much snow here yet, so I have only been skiing firm snow mostly. 

 

 

Hi, 1000 Oaks, The ribbon is 8 feet long, and the leash intact is about 12" long total.

Let me know if you need any more info?

 

Thanks for your interest, Mike

post #5 of 30

A-OK re: changes in the new design (I think I like the carabiner and the less-bulky curly cord better anyway).  Just came back from the first 12" day of the year, but the base was so impenetrable that I didn't bother with the cords.  Hope to soon and I'm sure they'll be great.  Thanks Again!

post #6 of 30
If you still have the old style I would be interested in 2 pairs.
post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hi, Redjma, I do still have the older style available. Just send a private message, and I can give you details. I can sew any style really to custom order. Basically (2) pairs of the older style with holster is $43.00 including shipping.

I guess I need to change the interval on my notifications when I get replies on these threads. I get  a notice whenever someone sends me a private message, but only once a week on regular posts.

Thanks, Mike      Pray for snow!!!!!

post #8 of 30
I think sometimes new people on the board don't know that to send a private message, they click on your user name in the upper left.
post #9 of 30

my email is xxxxxxx@gmail.com

 

Mod note: email removed

post #10 of 30
He is asking you to use the private message service. You really shouldn't be posting your email in a public message anyway. Every robot out there will pick it up.
post #11 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone. I'm back in business for another ski season sewing powder cords. Hoping for a better snow year than we had last year. 

 I have gotten some great feedback on my newest design, a combination powder cord and leash. $45.00 pair including shipping to the lower 48.

 

Mike

post #12 of 30

Bumping and featuring this thread. Always a good idea to support small-local businesses! Thumbs Up

post #13 of 30

I've got to have a set.  This season especially.

 

(he says sardonically)

post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 

Let me know via private message if interested in ordering some. that is the easy way to keep track of people.

 

Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

 

Mike

post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by fly2mike View Post
 

Let me know via private message if interested in ordering some. that is the easy way to keep track of people.

 

Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

 

Mike

 

Thanks Mike — I was being sardonic. I ski (when that's possible) in the East.

post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 

Maybe you can make a trip out here to the Pac. NW, we are getting hit with snow after a terrible year last year!

 

Merry Christmas, Mike

post #17 of 30
Its been dumping up here in the PNW for the past week, and I just picked up two pairs of Mike's powder cords for my brother and me. I can't wait to get out in the deep with these. No more cord issues when jumping onto the gondola. The quality of them by far surpasses any mass produced product. Thanks again Mike, if anyone askes, I'll be sending them your way.
post #18 of 30
ready to buy
Will PM
post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 just send me a private message with which model specifically you are interested in. I will give you my paypal info. It is easier to keep track of orders when they go through the PM system.

 

Thanks, Mike

post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by fly2mike View Post
 

Hi,

 just send me a private message with which model specifically you are interested in. I will give you my paypal info. It is easier to keep track of orders when they go through the PM system.

 

Thanks, Mike

That's what will PM means :D

 

I might be interested as well. Still on the fence as I will shortly be moving to the desert but I will let you know. 

post #21 of 30
Thread Starter 

You can always use the powder cords when you travel to the mountains on those epic days;) You'll get tired of being in the desert pretty quick unless you are flying some kind of ultralight aircraft.

post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by fly2mike View Post

You can always use the powder cords when you travel to the mountains on those epic days;) You'll get tired of being in the desert pretty quick unless you are flying some kind of ultralight aircraft.

That's why I might still be interested. Unfortunately I don't have much choice in the matter as that's where I am being stationed next. So I'm there for the next 2-4 years
post #23 of 30
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your service!!

post #24 of 30

Best powder cords ever! I finally used my new powder cords. I asked Mike to shorten the grey part by 1 - 2 inches for women's boots and I'm happy to say they fit perfectly. No dragging. I loved how nobody could see them when I was walking around. The quick releases attach easily with just one hand. Perfect design. I wouldn't change a thing.

post #25 of 30
Thread Starter 

Great! Glad you like them, and thanks for the feedback!

post #26 of 30

Mike can you explain how the are attached to the binding exactly? you just looping them through??

 

I've used leashes that turned into more of a headache than anything

 

thanks
 

post #27 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hi, yes basically just looping through a hole in the heel, depending on the type of binding you have. On a Marker heel for example, I have drilled a small hole and tied in a small loop of cord  more or less permanently. Then the leash can be attached with either looping it through the permanent loop or with a small carabiner / quick link type of connector. It is easy to leave the lower portion of the leash with the bungy cord attached to the ski all day, and the other half attached to your boot, then just clip in and out via the side release buckle. Pretty easy and simple really. These are very lightweight and don't interfere with your bindings function.

 

The other way you can attach is at the brake arm, this is not ideal for sure, but it will work, especially in a half hitch type of attachment, with the spring loaded toggle to snug it down tight against the arm. There should be a couple of pictures showing how I do that somewhere on the threads here.

 

 

Thanks for your interest!

 

Mike

post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hello again. It looks like another ski season is close at hand! I will be making powder cords again this year. Anyone who is interested, just send me a PM.

 

Mike

post #29 of 30

On a lot of bindings it is easy to drill a hole in the heel piece lever and put a metal key ring through it, which makes it easy to clip on a powder cord.  They sell the key rings is various sizes at any hardware store that duplicates keys.  Since the lever is up when you are in the binding it makes the clip in point as high as possible so you do not have to bend down very far.

post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 

I just like to play with knots:D

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