The Black Diamond Spinner Leash is an elasticated Y-section leash with a swivel, that keeps your ice axes tethered to you without tangles. With the Spinner Leash you can climb leashless safe in the knowledge that cannot loose your axes.
The Spinner Leash can be larks footed through the belay loop of your harness and then can be attached by small locking carabiners (included) to either the bottom or the top of your ice axes depending on circumstances. As the leashes are elasticated they do not loop down when climbing, so you do not catch them on your crampons, and they extend without hindrance when at full reach. The swivel freely spins, so when you swap hands on your ice tools the leash stays tangle free.
Note: The Spinner Leash is not rated to hold a fall on to your tools and should not be used in this way.
Black Diamond Spinner Leash Features
- Proprietary elastic webbing stretches for maximum reach and absorbs less water than nylon
- Locking mini carabiners (not weight bearing) for attachment to head or spike
- Built-in swivel ensures tangle-free use
Customer Reviews of Black Diamond Spinner Leash
My spinner leash has come in really handy and saved my axe on at least one occasion in the French Alps. It generally untangles itself but can get caught up in the rope depending on if you are leading or seconding. Also you will have to move the clip from the top of your axe to the bottom depending on the type of ground you are moving over. This can be annoying at times but I don't there is any real solution to this. Just be ready to swap back to the low clip point on your axe as you approach your next pitch of steeper rock/ice/mixed.
Black Diamond spinner leash is light weight easy to clip on and off spins with ease and packs away into a small bundle. Everyone should have one, I've had my eye on this for a long time and wish I'd got it the first time I thought about it so grab yourselves something you won't regret :-)
Another great product from Black Diamond. Used these tethers last season for ice climbing, and now in the summer for alpine climbs, and they worked like a charm. Takes some time to get used to, but after few climbs you would not want to go without. I've got long arms, and the leashes are long enough and not blocking movement in any direction - the swivel makes sure you wont get tangled easily when switching axes or doing other tricky manoeuvres.