Step 3: Some sort of clip needs to connect the leash to the boot loop. It needs to be easy to work with gloves on. The expensive solution is to purchase a pair of telemark leashes, cut off the leash cable, and use the clip - but metal clips tend to become annoying taps as you travel up hill. G3's plastic telemark leashes might be the ticket, but you'd need to shorten the leashes and I don't have a swager. Since I blew out all the old-school lite-weight metal telemark leash clips I had, this year I looked for something new, preferably plastic. These S-carabiners seem to be good contenders, but the #0 was too small to work with, so I'm using the #2 size instead.
In the end, I want my randonee ski leashes to accomplish several goals:
- I want them to fail whenever the force on the released ski becomes to great, whether that's from a spectacular fall or getting caught in an avie.
- I don't want them to fail when I have a minor wreck in-bounds or when I drop into a crevasse. Leashes can also keep the ski secure when you're forced to step off or mount up on steep terrain.