Leashes can be very valuable if you’re prone to dropping your skis off a mountain. The Plum leashes are a coiled cable and carabiner that can be hitched to your toe pieces and then to your boot. The length is spot on for a perfect amount of versatility without getting in the way while skinning. It’s long enough that you can the leash attachment point on your boot and still have enough length left over to remove skis and manipulate climbing skins. Also, long enough to forego a built-in leash attachment point altogether and wrap it around your leg. If your ski comes off, the leash will keep it attached to your leg. If your leg comes off, then all bets are off.
These are the same leashes that are shipped with every brakeless Guide binding. Sold in pairs.
They're long, and they're strong, and they're down to get retention on. Plum claims the break strength is 65 kg (143 lbs), so add a fuse link if you need breakaway. Mine came with clips very similar to the Dynafit guide leashes (aluminum, anodized grey with a laser etched Plum logo) and black cord loops (vs. green). The Skimo product image doesn't match current Plum production. Get 'em if you want to handle your skis without disconnecting your leashes.
Hi Trevor, depending on your leg you might be able to really stretch this to make that happen, but generally speaking I wouldn't say they are long enough to go around your leg/boot. They will work well with the Alien RS though, because Scarpa was thoughtful enough to put a handy D-ring for attaching leashes on that boot.
Thoughts on wire vs cord? Need some leashes for some big glaciers in europe. Maybe cord will break away if loaded adequately? I just need to not drop a ski in a crevasse and turn a skiing trip into a walking trip.