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Best surfboard leash reviews 2018

Best surfboard leash reviews 2018

A piece of urethane cord attached to the deck of your surfboard near tail is called a surfboard leash. It is very common fact that Beginners falls very often while riding the waves. So a good surfboard leash is very important to quickly recover your board and return back to sea shore if required. But there are a few questions may arise in your mind about surfboard leash, like surfboard leash length how long it should be? What is the best surfboard leash for longboard and so on? In this little piece of article, we will be covering all aspects of a leash as much as possible to make your understanding easy.

Types of leash

Basically, there are two types of leash available in the market Competition Leashes and Regular Leashes

Competition leash:

  • These leashes are thinner.
  • You will feel less drug on water.
  • Less likely to wrap around your legs or fins while approaching or riding strong waves.
  • Less durable than regular leash due to a thinner profile. However, there are a few quality leashes are available in the market which is relatively durable.
  • These leashes are Recommended for pro riders under 7 feet board.
  • Thickness 50% 50%
  • Drag on water 10% 10%
  • Durability 75% 75%

Regular Leash:

  • These leashes are thicker.
  • Feels relatively more dug on water as compare to comp. leashes.
  • Due to their thicker profile, Regular leashes are more durable.
  • Recommended for Beginners as they fall frequently, So need a strong leash and for big wave riders.
  • Thickness 85% 85%
  • Drag on water 60% 60%
  • Durability 90% 90%

Component details of a Leash

Here we have explored every component of the leash for your best knowledge and helpful buy. A surfboard leash can have the following components surfboard leash plug, Leash Edge string, Rail saver, surfboard leash Cord, swivel, and cuff.

  1. surfboard leash plug: It is the plug where you attach the edge string of the leash. It is not actually a physical part of a leash but without a plug a leash is worthless. That’s why we have mentioned it here.
  2. Leash Edge string: This is a piece of string generally made up of polyester, nylon or polypropylene which connects the board and rail saver of the leash. A quality leash has a quality Edge string.   
  3. Rail Saver: it is the fabric attached between the leash cord and leash string. Its job is to protect your surfboard rail from getting scratch or damage. From the protection perspective, wider and longer rail saver is more preferable for beginners. However, it does remain a personal choice as a wider and longer rail saver causes more drag on the water surface.
  4. surfboard leash string or surfboard leash Cord: This is the piece of string which connects the cuff and rail saver typically made up of polyurethane. The complete length depends on the cord length. Generally, thicker cords are more durable and strong but create little bit more drag on water.
  5. Swivel: Some leashes have this feature to connect the cord to cuff and Rail saver to spin and twist leash without having any impact on the rider cuff or leg. That increased safety level and comfort and recommended for beginners.
  6. Cuff: Sometimes referred as Velcro cuff which you generally attach to your ankle or calf. A double wrap-around Velcro cuff is more preferable to get extra strength and security. Some cuff comes with a key pocket as well. Cuffs are generally attached to either ankle or calf. So based on that we can further divide leash as Ankle leash and Calf Leash

Things to keep in mind while buying a surfboard leash

  1. Length: A leash should be equal to or slightly longer than your board. It shouldn’t be too long or too short. If your leash is too much longer. Your board will be far away from you during a wipeout and it will take more time to reach to your board and you may hit by another surfer. On the other side of you have too much short leash chances of fall out while riding is higher and it may hit while rebound after fully stretched. So recommended round up to the next closest size.
  2. Thickness: Competition leashes and Regular leashes roughly up to 4.7mm and 8mm thickness respectively. So while choosing thickness it is always recommended to consider the length of your board, types of wave and your surfing ability. More thickness is recommended for beginners and big wave riders.    
  3. Design: Generally leash comes with straight, coil or Straight-coil-Straight design. Each one has their own advantage and disadvantage as well. Straight with thicker design will drag in water and less tangle. Whereas coil design thicker or thinner, tangle a lot with no drag in the water and Straight-coil-straight design is a balanced one. You have to choose what you think is best for you.
  4. Ankle strap diameter: Many surfers wear surfing wetsuits and surf bootie while surfing. So the diameter of the ankle strap should accommodate wetsuit and bootie.

Best surfboard leash to buy

Based on the Leashes type and cuff placement. Here we have divided leashes into four categories. We have also included a few “surfboard leash reviews” in this article for you. Here we go !

  1. Regular Ankle Leash
  2. Competition Ankle Leash
  3. Regular calf leash
  4. Competition calf leash  

Best Regular Ankel leash Reviews

FCS SUP Regular Ankle Paddleboard Leash – Black

Pros:

  • This leash comes with three variations in size 9 ft./10 ft./11 ft. So you can use this leash from 8.5 ft. to 11 ft. longboards. 
  • It’s Smooth Rotating swivel assembly is good for safety and comfort.
  • 7mm thickness is strong enough to handle heavy wipeouts.
  • A great combination of coil and straight cord which provides fewer tangles and relatively less drag, can be used in variety of conditions.

Cons:

  •    If you only paddle in Flat Water you should go for a complete coil design. rather than coil or straight-coil-straight design.

SBS 10′ Coiled SUP Leash

Pros:

  • Cost efficient
  • Comes with key pocket. So you can keep your car or bike keys easily and comfortably along with you while riding waves. 
  • A super Strong 7mm urethane cord makes this leash super strong as well to survive heavy wipeouts.
  • It’s stainless still swivels, good for safety and comfort.
  • No drag on the water.

Cons:

  • Due to fully coil design, it tangles and can be a hassle for many riders.

DAKINE Sup 10′ x 5/16 Coiled Ankle Surf Leash

Pros:

  • Incredibly Strong and solid built.
  • Straight-coil-straight design keeps the leash out of the water to reduce unwanted drag.
  • Multiple choices available in color.
  • Marine grade stainless steel swivels.

Cons:

  • Available only in 10 ft. size.

Dakine Longboard Kainui Ankle Surf Leash

Pros:

  • Double brass swivels, Increases safety and comfort
  • Solid triple wrap rail saver
  • Cuff is having a key pocket
  • Available in 9 ft.-10 ft. size
  • Cost efficient
  • No tangle at all

Cons:

  • The straight design will drag on the water, may annoy a few riders.

Tagvo Sup Leash

Pros:

  • Fully coil design extends up to 10 ft.
  • extremely comfortable ankle cuff suitable for all ankle size from 1 to 14 inches
  • 7mm TPU polyurethane cord
  • Comes with a waterproof waist pouch to keep mobile phones, wrist watch etc. safely.
  • 7mm cord thickness

Cons:

Due to fully coil design, sometimes it’s tangle. 

Best competition Ankle Leash Reviews

Channel Islands Dane Reynolds Comp Leash

Pros:

  • 6 ft. long
  • Quick dry neoprene ankle strap. That’s what a good leash should have.
  • It has a double precision stainless steel swivels.
  • Strong and durable polyurethane cord.
  • Having a Key pocket.
  • Detachable rail saver
  • Even though the cord is fully straight with string style puller you will find to no drag in the water. That is one of the coolest things about this leash.

Cons:

This one is best but have to pay a hefty price as compare to other leash.

Sticky Bumps Day-Glo Comp 6′ Leash

Pros:

  • 6 ft. feet long
  • 5mm cord thickness.
  • Molded rivets
  • Industrial strength hook and loop
  • Double webbed rail saver
  • Comfortable and pressure-relief padded ankle cuff
  • 4mm neoprene with elastic binding

Cons:

  • Still a bit Costly

FCS Adjustable SUP Race Comp Knee Paddleboard Leash

Pros:

  • 6mm cord thickness is pretty good in competition series.
  • Adjustable cord length best suiting boards from 12ft. 6 inches – 14 ft.
  • 8ft – 3.3ft adjustable rail saver and straight-coil-straight cord design keeps leash out of the water and eliminates drag.
  • A smooth rotating swivel assembly gives you ultimate comfort .

Cons:

  • Only suitable for Flatwater and open ocean

Ocean and Earth Pro Comp One-XT

Pros:

  • Strong 5mm thickness
  • Marine grade, stainless anti-corrosive free-spin swivels for tangle-free surfing
  • Easily detachable rail saver.
  • Flex neck strap plug allows 360º movement of the leash and offers more comfort when the leash is under load
  • Comfortable inner strap.
  • Leash string can be easily slipped through the surfboard plug.

Cons:

Up to 4 ft. wave size. Many surfers find not it compatible beyond this

FCS Premium 5.5mm Comp Surfboard Leash

Pros:

  • Engineered polyurethane cord with 5.5mm thickness
  • Modular rail saver and cuff.
  • Stainless steel swivels.
  • Deluxe padded ankle strap with key pocket.
  • Very much cost efficient

Cons:

  • We found it okay. But some riders reported that Velcro is fraying after usages of less than a year.

Best Regular Calf leash reviews

New Dakine Surf 9Ft Longboard Calf Leash Stainless Steel

Pros:

  • 9 ft. long 
  • high-quality urethane Dura-Cord with 6.5MM thickness
  • molded neoprene ankle cuff provides comfort.
  • Marine grade stainless steel swivels Posi-Lock hook and loop closure

Cons:

  • The straight design will drag water and not recommanded more than 9ft. longboard.

Dakine Longboard Kainui Calf Leash

Pros:

  • Strong and durable urethane cord
  • Over-molded leash ends
  • Quick-release calf cuff
  • Double swivels
  • Triple-wrap rail saver

Cons:

  • The straight design will drag water, may annoy a few riders.

FCS Stand Up Paddle Board Regular Calf Leash

Pros:

  • Come s with variable length 9/11/10 ft.
  • The straight-coil-straight design makes comfortable and less drug in water.
  • Durable calf with key pocket
  • Stainless steel swivels

Cons:

  • Not for intermediate longboard riders.

FCS Regular 9ft 0 Coaxial Calf Surf Leash

Pros:

  • Perfect and good performance in big waves
  • Quality stainless steel swivels from FCS
  • Perfect for 8ft. 6 inches. or 9 ft., will keep your board close

Cons:

  • The straight design will drag water, may annoy a few riders.

Sticky Bumps 9′ Regular Weight Surfboard Calf Leash

Pros:

  • light regular weight
  • super comfortable calf cuff
  • super strong tether

 Cons:

  • The Straight design will drag water, may annoy a few riders.

Best competition Calf leash reviews

WAVE TRIBE ECO Surfboard Leash

Pros:

  • Cost efficient.
  • Available in almost all size.
  • Made with recycled plastic as Strong as Other Surfboard Leashes.
  • High-quality cuff and Velcro with key pocket
  • 1-year guaranty

Cons:

  • The ankle strap diameter is a little bit less. If you have 5 mm or more thick wetsuit and wanna surf along with surf bootie. This will be a problem otherwise it’s fine and a very good leash. 

Earth River SUP ANKLE/KNEE LEASH

Pros:

  • Cost efficient
  • Less tangle
  • 7mm PU cord is strong, durable, and completely unaffected by salt water
  • Can wear both ankle and cuff

 Cons:

  • The straight design will drag water

Pro-Lite Comp. Leash 9’0-Knee

Pros:

  • Strong urethane cord with 5.5mm cord thickness.
  • Finished neoprene ankle cuff for maximum comfort.
  • Stainless steel double swivel.
  • Custom Pro-Lite mold with super flexible ends to reduce pull.

Cons:

  • Good for only small waves.

Conclusion:

Wearing Leashes are like wearing a seat belt in your car. This increases safety and confidence in the water. Choosing a right leash is one of the essential surfing gears for you. We hope this Article is informative enough to meet your requirement. If you have any suggestions and comments kindly write us in our blog comment section, we will be happy to look at.  

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