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B & D Ski & Board Leash


Ski Leash on BootTraditionally, ski leashes have been a pain in the rear. For years I used the short, unyielding ski leashes that are so common. Having to disconnect my leashes every time I needed to clear ice from the binding, or change my skins made them very undesirable. Even worse I had to worry about being beaten with my skis if my bindings released. Plus, the concept of disconnecting them in areas that may slide made me think "what use are they?" But the chance of losing a ski in the backcountry, and seeing guys searching for hours in vain for a missing ski always instilled in me the need for leashes. A while ago I started trying to create a leash that would allow me to exit my bindings to change my skins without removing the leashes, along with a breakaway feature that would provide some added safety in a slide or other situations when I wanted to part company with my skis. I have experimented for years, and a few summers ago I finally came across a design that really made it work.

The elements of our leashes are designed to work together.

1. A coiled cord that stretches out without considerable force, but returns quickly to a coiled shape to stay close to boots and bindings. The cord also provides a method of dispersing the kinetic energy released in a fall, providing a way to absorb or dissipate the energy over a longer period, thus dropping the peak forces on the leash in a fall. Think crumple zones in a car, or load limiters in climbing.
2. A plastic fuse link that will break around 40 lb or 60 lb depending on the size selected.
3. Vinyl tubing protects the attachment cord from; shearing over sharp features, wear, and stress concentration.
4. A snap hook that can be opened with thick gloves, and provides quick attachment/detachment.

The power of this leash is in its ability to reduce the shock of a fall as it is strong enough to resist a minor fall but can break free in an avalanche. The stretching action of the leash minimizes the peak forces placed on the leash during a fall, allowing the attachment (fuse link) to have a lower breaking value. In turn this allows the attachment to break in a situation that has a constant force, such as in an avalanche. The leashes should actually break away at a significantly lower force than your bindings' release point.


1.Our leash allows you to exit your bindings to do common actions in backcountry skiing such as installation and removal of skins. You can tour all day without removing the leash. You can even exit your skis to take breaks with the leashes attached.
2. Our leash provides some relief from the ski in a fall, extending to 6 ft.
3. They have a fuse link that will give way when a constant force is applied.
4. Easy hook up and release. It is easier to connect a leash by wrapping it around the boot, or hooking it to back of the boot, than reaching down to the toe of the boot. This counts double when carrying a heavy pack.
5. You can also attach the leash to your boots before taking your skis off your pack! This is a saving grace when trying to get into your skis on an icy 40 degree slope after climbing down a rock face.

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Skinning up with Leashes
The ski leash can remain on while changing skins or taking breaks. The ski leash coils up to about 12 in (30 cm), and can extend to approximately 6 ft (2 Meters).

Ski Leash Kit
The ski leash comes as a kit with leashes, four rubber sleeves, two sizes of fuse links (that break at approximately 40 and 60 lbf), attachment cord, and vinyl tubing to protect attachment cord from sharp edges.

3 oz (85 gms) per set

Kit sells for $34.95

Small Rubber Sleeve
The small rubber sleeve is used to increase the closing strength of the claw for those users who feel the claw opens too easily.

Ski Leash on Boot
The lobster claw trigger snap is small and light, can be opened with thick gloves, and is easy to use.

Picture shows leash looped around boot, but leash can be attached to back of boot to provide even more range. We prefer to attach leash at back of boot.

Close-up of Attachment
The fuse links should be protected by rubber sleeves, but the sleeve pulled back in this picture for clarity. The fuse links provide a breaking strength of approximately 40 lbf and 60 lbf respectively.

Note the leash is shown with Dynafit bindings, but they can be used with any binding system, telemark, AT, split board, etc.

Upgrade kit

Upgrade kit sells for $12.00

only availbable for current leash owners


Ski mountaineering is an exceptionally hazardous activity which often results in severe injuries and death. Any person purchasing, or using our equipment, assumes the responsibility for seeking proper training in its use. They also assume all risk for injury, or damage, sustained while using any of our equipment. Our equipment is not to be used for any other purpose other than which it is intended. Failure to follow these warnings increase the risk of injury or death. B & D Precision is not, and shall not, be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, or other types of damages arising out of, or resulting from, the use of our products.

Always test your gear before heading to the backcountry!

B & D Precision © 2013, Page Last Updated 11/15/2013