Hi everyone. I'm having some problems with ski brakes. Namely, I can't get a set of them to stay in one piece for very long. I do a lot of 180s, which tends to result in wrecks from time to time. The problem is, when my skis come detached on a botched landing, they are facing backwards.
As near as I can tell, the brake deploys, and since it is facing backwards, instead of gently skidding across the snow, it gets jammed into it, and this force wrenches on the brake and, more times than not, pulls it clean off of its mounts. This has happened to me probably around four or five times now after a failed backwards landing. Twice it has resulted in a ski running away down the mountain (most recently my ski actually took off from another jump without me after coming detached and having the brake fail, which looked kind of badass, but I digress.)
This problem isn't specific to any one binding or any one brand, it's just an overall flaw of the ski brake design, they don't work backwards. This has happened to me with multiple brands of bindings. Is there any other device I can use to keep my skis from running away? I've thought about leashes, but I've heard that there's a big potential for injury there. I'm also a little concerned about the leash also putting too much force on whatever part of the binding I attach it to and ripping it off of the ski.