Snowboard Leashes & Locks

Here’s how I use a Snowboard Leash & Lock. I was actually looking for one leash/lock combo but came up empty.

It used to be required to wear a snowboard leash. You couldn’t even get on the lift if you didn’t have one, and the lift operators would check every snowboarder.

Its no longer required to have a leash. I’m not sure why it changed, tbh, snowboards can easily get away from you, and then there’s just nothing stopping them all the way down. Skis at least have breaks which engage when the boot disengages.

You can’t even really find any snowboard leashes anymore, and the ones they do have are just a few inches long, and naturally nobody uses them, as the clip is really stiff and tight and hard to even clip onto anything. It’s so small, in fact, that you basically have to be strapped in for it to even reach your boot.

The original snowboard leashes had a thin 1/2″-3/4″ nylon flat strap with a braided nylon cord on one end that would go around the heel bar of a Binding, then it had a plastic squeeze buckle that would wrap above your calf. These cannot be bought anywhere anymore, even in world-class snowboard shops.

I assume people thought they were too big or just not cool, or somehow unnecessary. They must have missed the entire point of the Snowboard leash.

The best thing about them was that you could unstrap both feet, and just walk through the snow and your board would just slide along behind you, so you didn’t have to carry it, which was awesome for hikes and for just walking out of wooded areas where you got stuck, or just wandering around the slopes to get some place, meet up, hang out etc.

Another awesome thing about them is that you can clip the leash around the rear binding heel bar, and it makes a perfect carrying handle for your snowboard. You can carry it like a briefcase, or throw it over your shoulder, or even around your neck if you hold it with your hand under your chin. This way you can carry your snowboard bare-handed, even when your hands are cold and wet, and you don’t have to worry about slicing yourself on the edges, which can cut pretty easily if they are well-sharpened.

And, of course, you can also use it to strap it around a tree trunk or limb or something, just as an added measure of security while you’re out in the woods or off the side of the trails etc.

And you can also just clip it in at the snowboard rack when you go inside, just as a slight deterrent to people who would casually pick up your board and walk off with it.

And as for locks, they’ve really turned into bicycle locks, and a lot of people will say you don’t need them. I tend to think those are probably the same people walking off with them.

Anyway, so here is what I’ve done to bring back the Snowboard Leash for myself, and how I use my lock.

I found this leash, which is used for Powder Surfboards, as a matter of necessity, as there aren’t any bindings at all on Powder Surfboards, much like regular surfboards. It’s a bungee leash sewn into straps with adjustable clip-in loops on one half. I’m pretty sure its just some sort of dog leash though.

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I took the key ring from the side with the adjustable loops and put it on the end with one big loop instead. I then ran that big loop through the slit/gap in the heel bar of the front binding, and ran the leash through itself and cinched it down tight, with the Key Ring hanging off the back side.

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Then I put the D-clip through the small loop at the very end of the other side, this just clips to your side belt loop.

The leash is long enough that you can run it through the heel bar of the rear binding and back over to clip into the Key Ring on the front binding.

 

If you hold both straps, it rests nicely under your arm when hung over your shoulder. If you just hold it by one strap, it hangs down lower by your waist, making it great for walking around with your hands free. It’s also long enough to go across your body if you wanted it to.

Now you can just wrap it around a tree or limb or whatever and clip into the Key Ring and you can walk around, take photos or videos or whatever, without worrying about anyone riding by and scooping it up, or someone hitting it with their skis and flipping it over on its base and sending it flying down the slope at max speed.

This works a lot better for towing behind you as you hike than the original leashes. It stays pretty straight and just glides up hills with the bungee power in tow. And when you’re going down a hill it can just go tail side first out in front of you.

For the lock, I use the DaKine Snowboard lock which is big enough to lock up a few boards/skis. I use it in combination with the tiny leashes they use now, which they give away for free half the time, which have heat shrink rubber coating over the knot area.

I take out the pin lock in the back and run it through the tiny loop in the little boot leash. I put the Key on a stronger Key Ring than the one it comes with, then put that ring over the other end of the loop of the boot leash. So I use the boot leash as a Key Chain, basically, which attaches to the lock. I found that’s the best way to ensure I don’t lose the key, or forget it.

 

Then I just take the boot leash key chain with me in a zipped pocket while I’m inside having lunch or doing whatever. The lock is pretty small and I don’t really notice it in my side pocket.

So anyway, that’s how I keep everything easily locked up and secured wherever I am.

And here’s what I use for a carrier for my snowboard boots, you can even keep them off the snow this way by strapping the Velcro strap around a bar or limb or whatever, which makes sure they don’t tip over and get snow inside etc. It’s better to replace the clip with a bigger D-clip for climbing, then just clip the one clip through both loops on the back of the boots.

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