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ski leashes...

post #1 of 5
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These darnfangled contraptions seem like a good idea for a guy like me, but I don't really know how they work. Ever since I jumped off a side trail in Game Creek Bowl at Vail this year, losing my ski for 6 hours and "monoskiing" for two of those in the process, I have thought about getting a pair of leashes.

But how do they fit on the ski? Obviously the clip straps/velcros/secures somehow onto the boot or the buckle. But the other end, the loop, how does that work? Does part of it actually contact the snow? Does it loop around the binding before you click in with your boot? If someone had a picture of the apparatus actually in use, that would be just dandy. Otherwise, a diagram/sketch/just plain old explanation would work nicely. I appreciate the help, especially when I have lost all hope of saving face... :
post #2 of 5
Maxi- actually, you have it backwards (I know- it certainly isn't very intuitive!) The velcro or loop or clip mechanism attaches to your binding (on my Markers, I attach it to an arm of the ski brake, on other bindings there is sometimes a way to attach it to the binding itself). Then the long loose end gets stuffed up your pant leg (from the bottom up, of course!!). The idea is that if you fall in deep snow, your ski comes off, but leaves this long fluorescent string trail hanging on to it and sticking out of the snow. You follow the cord and you find the ski at the other end. Nothing is attached to you at all- the cord gets pulled out of your pants leg as the ski comes off. This is why they are more properly called powder cords- they are not actually leashed to attach you to the ski. They work, too!

[ November 09, 2003, 08:26 PM: Message edited by: dp ]
post #3 of 5
Hahahahahahaha... Oh, nevermind.
post #4 of 5
If you use powder ties, you may wish to also wear a helmet.

The above post is correct: they tie to your binding and to your pants leg or around your calf.

Since there is no really good place on the toepiece of a binding to tie the tie, it is very natural to tie it to the heelpiece, either through the brake or through a hollow release lever.

This puts the tie/cord behind your boot, and this has serious drawbacks.

In a binding release event where your body falls forward the ski is very likely to ride up on the cord. The length of the ski and the length of the cord add up to smash the tail of the ski into the back of your head.

I still have a 22-stitch scar back there from the days of 207cm+ skis and no helmets.

The most sensible powder tie I've ever seen tied to the _front_ (toepiece) of my BD Skyhoys. If you cannot tie the cord to the front of the binding, make blasted sure you keep it short!
post #5 of 5
Anything that leashes your ski to your body is a really, really bad idea. If that ski wind mills, you want to be in the next county. Of course if you biff hard enough to create the wind mill, you might already be in the next county ;~)

You want Powder Cords. Attach them to your ski brake and stuff them into the cuff of your boot. You'll end up doing that every couple of run's as they tend to work their way out, but they do save the hassle of looking for the buried ski.
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