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Powder straps

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I've been looking all over to pick up some powder straps for an August trip to Portillo, Chile (they are getting dumped on with snow this year). I'm in the east and haven't seem them in the shops I've checked here.

I've tried numerous google searches and all the places I've bought ski gear online but can't find anything. Any suggestions as to a web site I could order from?

I suppose I can buy them when we get there but I'd hate for the shop to be out or something and end up loosing a ski!
post #2 of 29
Flaggers tape works well and it's inexpensive.
post #3 of 29
Try Powder Leash

Here's one http://ecom1.sno-ski.com/product81.html
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks!
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post #6 of 29
The link Buzz provided did not work, but I found the site and just ordered a bunch of stuff there. I think their powder cords are the best deal you will find. They are not tape, but nylon web. The tape kind get broken off the first day you use them.

I will put the link in again, but if it does not work, it is www.tognar.com and go to widgets.



http://www.tognar.com/widgets_access....html#SKT-TOOL
post #7 of 29
You could make a pair quite easily that will cost next to nothing.

1) Go to a fabric shop and ask for bright ribbon piping (about 10-15cm width) - should come in 3-5m reels and cost a couple of $$
2) Pick a suitable colour - neon yello / orange
3) Tie one end of the ribbon securely to your bindings and tuck the rest into your cuffs
post #8 of 29
Good advice by all. I jumped onto this thread looking for a quick way to use them. I find they are a bear to use, especially when it is cold and you have to take off your gloves just to snap into your skis. Then, becuase it is cold,,,you ride the gondola---again, you have to take off your skis....bla bla bla. I was thinking about fastening hooks and then drilling a hole in my binding or JBwelding a loop on the ski...click, click and I am in with my gloves on. Any thoughts?
post #9 of 29
I fastened quick release hooks on my straps that I can easily undo with my gloves on. Handy when getting out of your skis to hike or in a gondola. There are several hook types you can use any well stocked hardware store will have what you need. The Marker bindings have several areas on the heel piece that you hook onto. Otherwise you could drill holes or attach a ring by some method. As far as the ribbon, I bought one set and then made another two sets by buying very bright ribbon from a fabric store. Powder straps are great, saves digging for a ski, thats for sure.
post #10 of 29
They save time hunting down a ski so you can get back to skiing that beloved powder:

post #11 of 29
How many times have you seen someone digging for their skis? And they are still digging when you come up the lift again? Yep, powder cords for sure. Yet, they are not fullproof, of course. I was at Snowbird once with 25 inches of fluffy over hardpack and a ski went through the fluff and skidded along the hardpack for many, many feet. It took about 45 minutes to find it.
post #12 of 29
Yep we got some really Powder skiers here. Never lost a ski but I've dug for a few.: After I first dug myself out. Only problem I see with straps it reminds me of the inhuman Stafety Straps of yesteryear. Or you could Snowboard on Powder days.:
post #13 of 29
These are totally safe. They do not attach to you like snowboard cords or the runaway straps of times gone by.
  • One end attachs to binding.
  • Other end is rolled up and freely tucked into the bottom of your pants leg; it is not attached to you in any way.
When the ski comes off the trailing powder strap gets yanked from your pants leg or cuff and saves the day. I've never ever felt the tug when I've fallen in powder. ..which almost never happens of course.
post #14 of 29
Alert:

Just go my powder cords from Tognar Toolworks (linked above). Despite what the woman on the phone told me, these are not what I wanted/expected. I asked if they were nylon WEBBING and not nylon TAPE. The tape ones, tear the first or second time you or someone else steps on them (they fall out of your cuff with some regularity).

So, I am returning them (I bought a bunch to give to my friends too). I am going with the neon piping from a fabric store.
post #15 of 29

here they are at $7.99

Always skiing-These are the ones you are looking for
http://www.ekusa.com/item/23.20.328/

...although I also have the ones you got from Tognar and have not had a problem with them ripping.
post #16 of 29
We have used ones made of shinier, thinner ribbon type material and they do seem to fall out easier. I skied many times with a tape trailing behind me and they do cut under your edges. We are currently using heavier nylon webbing type material that stays tucked in better - more friction. I think we got them at REI. I have played around with looping them over the toe piece on my Salomon 912 bindings since there are spaces in there. This allows me to release my skis without pulling too much of the cord out. Then I just clip the loop and any extra material under the toe buckle on my boot to keep it out of the way while I am walking around. This seems to take less effort than tucking them back into my pant legs every time I take my skis off. I keep trying to invent something easier, but it wouldn't be marketable because I bet a half a dozen people cringed when I said I looped them around my toepiece and many more of you cringe at the thought of anything possibly hooking you to your ski like the old days. Imagine what the lawyers and insurance companies would think.

There has to be an easier way. My hands get cold on those nasty days, but I know what digging feels like and I once met a guy finishing his run off of Highland Bowl with only one ski.
post #17 of 29
One option is to get hold of a pair of safety lanyards that ppl wear round their necks with keys/passes etc attached. They have a simple breakaway clip that is quite secure but pulls apart with a small amount of force. To reattach, simply clip back together.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by mlls
One option is to get hold of a pair of safety lanyards that ppl wear round their necks with keys/passes etc attached. They have a simple breakaway clip that is quite secure but pulls apart with a small amount of force. To reattach, simply clip back together.
What would be the point? Those lanyards are at most a foot long. That's not gonna do much in pow.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by BakerBoy
What would be the point? Those lanyards are at most a foot long. That's not gonna do much in pow.
you missed the point, you attach it to your neck dood. how you gonna lose skis that way?
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag
you missed the point, you attach it to your neck dood. how you gonna lose skis that way?
post #21 of 29
In order to make the clips easier to hook and unhook to my bindings on my powder skis I drilled small holes in the plastic heel pieces and threaded 25 cent key rings through the holes. It makes clipping in with gloves on very easy, plus I don't have to bend over so far to do it. Just make sure you use a a fairly heavy duty ring. It is much easier than clipping them to your brakes.
post #22 of 29
Hi. This is what you are looking for. Check it out. www.powdercordpouch.com.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by mountaincruiser View Post

Hi. This is what you are looking for. Check it out. www.powdercordpouch.com.

Nicely done.  Do you guys supply time machines to deliver them back to when the OP needed these?
post #24 of 29
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They save time hunting down a ski so you can get back to skiing that beloved powder:


this post is funny cause Jim S is pretty freaking cool, but he apparently skied on K2 with markers and needed powder cords cause those marker are sure to prerelease.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Caucasian Asian View Post




Nicely done.  Do you guys supply time machines to deliver them back to when the OP needed these?
LOL!
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by mountaincruiser View Post

Hi. This is what you are looking for. Check it out. www.powdercordpouch.com.


Have any bears tried these out before?

post #27 of 29

it's a bit more expensive than cords but a sleek alternative:

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/neverlose-ski-and-snowboard-tracker-anti-theft/x/12760174#/

post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by skimyres View Post
 

it's a bit more expensive than cords but a sleek alternative:

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/neverlose-ski-and-snowboard-tracker-anti-theft/x/12760174#/


I like that that you can use the same device on skis or a snowboard in the winter and then put it on a bike during the off season.  For a traveler who has to fly to big mountains, really don't have that many days where it's needed on the slopes.

post #29 of 29
I lost a ski in April waste deep once. It was a K2 Pro Staff (the pink ones) so i looked until trollers took me off the mountain (not my choice) and left the ski and my info with the resort. 2 months later a troller was out hiking and found it. The resort mailed it back. Best summer ever and I bought powder cords before my next trip!
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