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Old 02-14-2012, 10:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I dont use one because its a pain in the ass to use, especially with gloves on. A couple of weeks ago though, I was on the mountain and somebody's board got loose. That think went flying downhill faster than I would have ever imagined. It hit a small jump and went flying through the air and hit the side of a building. Could have easily killed somebody if it hit them.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It depends on where you are at. I don't ride with one on my board, but I keep one in my pocket just in case. That way you don't have to go to the resort shop and buy one for $8-$10. But I have found most hills in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois require you to have one. I was even stopped in Holiday Valley for not having one.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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That has nothing to do with a leash, if some douche takes his board off he'll take the leash off too.
They are stupid, period.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:45 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I saw an awesome leash a few years back, I forget the name though. Anyway, it was corded and stretchy, and attached around your skin so you could carry your board around without having to take the leash off. Pretty cool I thought.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:29 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MarshallV82 View Post
That has nothing to do with a leash, if some douche takes his board off he'll take the leash off too.
They are stupid, period.
Echoing what you said. How is there a purpose for leashes? if your binding broke, it would slip off, if you have just got off of the gondola, you can't have your board behind you like a ball and chain, and no other scenario I could think of makes use of the leash. Sounds like someone ho knows nothing about snowboarding made that rule...
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:48 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I think anybody smart enough should be able to deal without having one. I did see one dumba** this past weekend who probably should of had one, although as the comment above noted he might have taken it off as well. I was coming down a black trail, so the people should know what they are doing, and see a guy on the side messing with his board. I just figured he was checking the bindings where he fell and was going to get up, next thing I know his board is sliding down the hill. We both watched and hoped it would jump the side of the trail and run into a ditch, but no such luck. It kept bouncing in the trail and ended up running about a 100 yards down the slope when it hit a skier in the ankles and took him out. It is a good thing they have solid boots, otherwise his ankles would have been done. The board kept going and made it another 100 yards to the bottom of the trail. This is the only case where I have seen issues with someone losing their board. The skier ended up being fine, just got up and dusted himself off and rolled on with his day. I didn't see what happened to the boarder, but hopefully they gave him the boot for the day, this was on the second run of the morning after open.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Anyone responsible enough to properly use a snowboard lease is also most likely responsible enough to make sure if they take off their board they don't lay it flat based at the top of a run.

From time to time I see people that have a leash and want to adjust their boots or something, sure enough they end up taking the leash off anyway.

You could argue that even responsible people make mistakes, and it may prevent it. But, I think 9/10 it is some monkey who would have found a way to toss the board down the hill even if it was super glued to their feet.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The basic history is that they were necessary when there was a "movement" toward the old step-in / quick release bindings. I see some of them out there still. Leashes are most definitely necessary for these, and many hills just don't want to make a distinction between when they're necessary and when they're not. So, for the rare case I find myself on a hill that requires them, I ride with a "stealth" leash that runs from a point on the toe of the binding to a point on the highback. When strapped in with the snowpants bunched up at the ankle, the lifties don't notice.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:52 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I've got two nice telephone cord style. Never used them. I've been to a few resorts that I heard, required them. I bought them before the trip so I wouldn't be stuck with the limited resort selection if I was forced to buy one. Nobody's ever said anything so I've never used them.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:57 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Michigan law requires it. I keep one in my pocket in case I get checked. Even then, all I do is attach it to my binding only.
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