Leashes. So many options! I figure, when it comes to safety, you should always take extra precaution – kind of like climbing where you double or triple everything up in case something fails. Of course, nobody really likes a loose ski whipping down the slopes like a missile – especially on the receiving end.
Jeff over at Bluebird Day Gear has sent us a pair of Bluebird Day Leashes and we had an opportunity to run these through some of the worst conditions we’ve seen in a long time…
I chose some Crispi boots, Atomics, and some Black Diamond 02s. This minimal setup is a lot of fun for carving in the rain and those powder days when you’re feeling like a minimalist. But the real reason why I chose the 02s for these leashes is because the bindings are blue!
Today, I get to test these leashes in some pretty dicey conditions: rain, and a thick glassy coating of ice on top of powder. I really don’t want to fall today…
Weight & Construction
The leashes came in plastic packaging with instructions on how to use them. Instantly, you can feel the weight of these. In comparison to the 7TM and BlackDiamond leashes, the Bluebird Day leashes are heavier.
Of course, if you happen to break these, which I doubt, Bluebird Day will replace them for free.
A common problem with leashes is the amount of fiddling you have to do to open the jaws, and connect it through the loop on your boot. With most leashes, I usually find myself taking my gloves off to make the connection. With Bluebird Day leashes, the mechanics have been somewhat reversed: instead of pushing the jaws apart, you basically grab the cable, pull upwards, and connect the jaws to the loop. This is ingenious because you don’t need the dexterity of your fingers make this work.
Ingenious design to solve a very common problem with leashes, burly construction, and top notch materials make this our favorite leash. These leashes will withstand pretty much anything you throw at it, and if you happen to break them, Bluebird Day will replace them for free – something you don’t see too often these days.
What kind of leash do you use? Give us a shout down below!