Oh la la, DPS Wailer 99 Pure with a new set of Speed Radicals and some Sportiva Spitfires. Ski brakes would be blasphemy with this light of a system, so leashes it is. The Speeds come with Dynafit brand leashes, and they’re cable contraptions without any provision for breakaway. More, I couldn’t figure out any elegant way of making a temporary leash anchor on the Spitfires. So here is how it went down.
For the leash fuse, see Maruelli’s website.
The Dynafit leash is called their “Guide Leash” and is available as an accessory. It has the best clips we’ve seen. Just clip off the steel cable — or use as a stock item. Beyond Dynafit, to obtain nicely sized clips you can sometimes find them at the hardware store, or buy a donor set of leashes such as these from 22 Designs. (If you purchase Dynafit Radical Speed, the clips/leashes come with them.)
For a previous ski leash blog posts, check here.
Weight of Dynafit stock leash, 35 grams. Weight of homebrew system, about 16 grams depending on lengths of cord. Also note that the new Speed Radical has that bit of steel cable as a leash anchor, which adds a bit of weight but does work nicely (can easily be removed).
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.