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squishydonut 03-06-2008 01:53 PM

Are those leashes w/locks on them worth it?
 
Anyone have experience with those leashes with the 3 digit combo lock built in?

Worth it over a $6 regular leash?

colortv 03-06-2008 10:07 PM

normally i just use a leash to keep the board from flying down the hill, and thats when i DO use it, but a leash that acts like a bike chain lock thing sounds like a decent idea. but then again how much more is it? you could always just store it with the mountain if they have a board check

PaoloSmythe 03-07-2008 06:16 AM

leashes are shit - i wouldn't use them

locks are useful if you cannot sort out a friend to keep an eye on your stuff when you go for a piss or whatever and your resort is full of thieves....

but frankly, why you would be up a hill without the thing strapped to your feet beats me! ride it... don't leave it lying around!

danemeyer20 03-07-2008 10:30 AM

I never understood the need for a leash, you are already strapped into the board. If your bindings are letting the board fall off your feet a leash is the last of your problems. SOMEONE explain why you need a leash, i am really curious

scottland 03-07-2008 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danemeyer20 (Post 41057)
SOMEONE explain why you need a leash, i am really curious

Because of stupid people that unstrap from their bindings for whatever reason and let their board go flying down the hill. I saw two loose boards at Snowbowl last weekend, and I stopped another down by the lift lines.

FrankDaTank089 03-07-2008 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scottland (Post 41063)
Because of stupid people that unstrap from their bindings for whatever reason and let their board go flying down the hill. I saw two loose boards at Snowbowl last weekend, and I stopped another down by the lift lines.

yea, basically they come standard on rental boards, and i believe those are the only people that need to actually use them, becuase of that. a lot of my local slopes have up signs that say all snowboarders need leashes, but nobody ever enforces that rule.

lol, i remember riding up a chairlift, and about 50 feet away, parrallel to my chairlif was another chairlift with a slope beneath it. some kid with a rental board unstraped for some reason and his board went flying into the woods. there was some guy that worked there ridding up the chairlif at the same time, and after he stopped laughing, he told the kid to put his leash on so that wouldn't happen again. only time i have actually seen that rule inforced.

its a great rule and is there for a reason. to keep a board with the new rider at all times, but if you know what you are doing and know your board is gonna stay straped in till you get to the bottom of the slope, then i see no need for it.

SpAcEmAn SpLiFF 03-07-2008 03:19 PM

if anything skiers should have leashes.

that being said, i did lose my board once, on my first day of riding way back in the day :)

squishydonut 03-07-2008 09:00 PM

i've only seen a board go flying once, an older chick ate it (not real hard) and the thing came off.

wtf? how does that even happen?

i'm not really diggin' the need for a leash, i like the idea of a lock though. just seemed like a useful combo.

andrew_schenk 03-07-2008 09:57 PM

ive seen a ski go bootin down a hill pretty good, i guess the binding stayed in the clipped in position so the arms didnt pop down... at the bottom of the run there is about a 10 foot embankment then some spruce trees and parking lot... ski ended up in the windshield of a jeep

the place i usually ride at used to be pretty stickler about leashes but it seems like they have become more lax about it lately, or maybe its just shitty employees.

scottland 03-07-2008 10:20 PM

Odds are that chick had step in (clicker) bindings, and those are prone for popping loose. If for some crazy reason you still have clickers, then yes, get absolutely get a leash. But it's virtually impossible for two strap-in bindings to both break loose. And if you hit the ground hard enough for that to happen, you've probably got bigger problems than you board flying down the hill.

If you have a decent head on your shoulders, and know not to take off your board while on a slope where it has a chance of getting away from you, you can probably do without a lease. Also, if you set your board down, always put it across the fall line, and always BINDING-SIDE DOWN!!


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