Blue Ice Hydra Leash

£55.00

Designed to secure all types of ice axes against being accidentally dropped, the Blue Ice Hydra Leash is quick to clip to your tools due to two captive wire gate mini karabiners.

Blue Ice Hydra Leash

Blue Ice Hydra Leash
£55.00
4 In Stock

Designed to secure all types of ice axes against being accidentally dropped, the Blue Ice Hydra Leash is quick to clip to your tools due to two captive wire gate mini karabiners. The leash system can also quickly attach to harness or rucksack with a simple lark's foot knot.

The 360° ball-and-socket swivel and strap length allow the ice axes to be freely manipulated without the risk of entanglement. At just 54g, this is the lightest leash system on the market.

  • Two ultralight elastic leashes (length: 80cm, stretching up to 135cm).
  • Two high spring tension karabiners with wide gates.
  • Ball-and-socket swivel allows for freedom of movement and avoids entanglement.•

Strength: 2kN.
Materials: Aluminium, UHMW Polyethylene, PES.

Weight: c 54g.

We have had reports of the wiregates on spring leashes becoming unclipped from iceaxes. This is easily resolved. Instead of clipping them directly to the axes, clip them to loops of 4mm or 5mm cord that are tied through suitable holes in the axes.

It is also easy to make yourself a bandolier to clip your spring leash into using a length (ca 2.25m) of narrow tape and a small screwgate krab. Tie an overhand knot in one end of the tape and clip it to your belay loop. Run the tape under your arm, up your back and over your shoulder, and tie an overhand loop in it at chest height. Continue the run down to waist level and make a third loop which is clipped into the same screwgate krab in your belay loop. The spring leash loop is now clipped into the chest loop.

The advantages of this system are that the elastic lanyards of the spring leash do not get tangled up with gear hanging on your harness and you are less likely to trip over them with your crampons. Another advantage is that the lanyards are effectively lengthened, meaning that they can be clipped into a point on the shaft of the axe rather than into the ferule (as per the photo) - this is much better when mixed climbing as the ferule and lower shaft of the axe may need to be jammed into a crack, tricky if it has a karabiner flapping around on it.

Photo: Needle Sports bandolier system about to be put to use. 

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