Leashing yourself to your skis in the backcountry has benefits and drawbacks. If you are prone to yard sales and subsequent difficulty finding your skis, it can be a good idea to tie yourself in. If you are prone to getting caught in avalanches and swimming for your life, the last thing you need is to be anchored to anything that could pull you down. However if you end up resort skiing from time to time, the benefits are clearer: they are typically required by ski patrol who are keen to avoid untargeted missiles on their watch (targeted ones are usually banned at a higher jurisdiction).
The Dynafit Guide Leash is especially designed for the Speed Radical and Speed Turn bindings, which both happen to come with a set. If you need a replacement or want to fit another binding with leashes, give these a look. They have a detachable clip built into the line that lets you clip in and out easily. Weight is 18 grams (0.4 ounces) each. Sold in pairs.
Questions & Reviews
Are these considered 'break away' leashes, say in the event of an avalanche? Or does a zip tie system or something need to be used with them?
If you like the shorter leash, these Dynafit leashes are excellent quality. The construction is first-rate.
Finally, as others have pointed out, an avalanche-breakable link seems natural to be included in these leashes (like on the B&D), and their absence is notable.
I use medium strength zip-ties as the "connection" on my boots. The rational is that they would break away under heavy load (avalanche) but stay put under normal circumstances (typical wipeout on area).
Until something better comes along or i prove myself wrong i'm sticking with this system.
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