The crew from POD Australia just sent a link to check out their latest surf-leash technology.
The stress-test video demonstrates the incredible strength of POD leashes and got me really psyched to try one out in big surf. The leash looks pretty awesome.
After watching the video a few times I am pretty baffled by the strength of the leash, but have a few concerns about the incredible 6X stretch capabilities.
I’m not saying that POD leashes have any of the following characteristics, but many brands making overly stretchy leashes do.
Leashes that have incredible stretch often times recoil, shooting the board back at the surfer. I have had to visit the hospital because of leash recoil on multiple occasions.
Having an overly stretchy leash can also be dangerous because they tend to hold the surfer’s board underwater longer than standard-stretch leashes that break. This “tombstone” can be very dangerous and result in longer underwater hold-downs.
My final concern with an overly stretchy leash is that they tend to get “shot out” (stretched out) after a session or two. All of a sudden your 6-foot leash is 12 feet long.
I’ve never used any POD products. Maybe their technology is so advanced that they have built the best leash on the market.
I need to try this leash and let you know how it worked firsthand.
Until then, check out POD on the Web.
If you have used any POD products, please let us know how they worked for you in our comments section below.
“POD Original Series Leg Ropes are produced with Premium Grade Components, designed for total freedom of movement in the ocean without the loss of reliability between a surfer and their surfboard.
“The surfboard leash has two moulded insert 316 marine grade stainless steel swivels at each end of the urethane cord combined with a detachable rail saver ensures maximum strength in surf conditions and the double padded neoprene strap allows for extra comfort around the ankle.
Detachable rail saver
Precision moulded fittings
Double padded neoprene strap
7.0 Maximum strength urethane
2 Stainless swivel & set screws”