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How to Use the Safety Leash on a Glove or Mitt

Video by Backcountry Edge
Learn how to use the safety leash on your gloves or mitts to secure them to your wrists while skiing or climbing to prevent drops from lifts or belay stations.

How to Use the Safety Leash on a Glove or Mitt

A lot of gloves and mitts come with an extra feature inside the gauntlet: a removable cord. Sometimes it’s called an idiot cord or a safety leash or security cord. The idea behind this is that you can attach the glove or mitt to your wrist by the cord and be able to pull your hands out and have use of your fingers with good dexterity. You can then put your hands back in the gloves without having to hold onto them and without losing them.


To use the safety leash, pull the cordlock all the way out to the end so you’ve got a large opening. Slide your hand through it, hold the end tab, and then take the cordlock and cinch it down around your wrist. Next, take your hand and put it in the glove; the end of leash beyond the cordlock can either dangle or you can tuck it inside the gauntlet.


After the leash is secured to your wrist, you can freely use your ungloved hand without fear of losing your glove. For example, say you're out skiing and you get on the lift and need to use your hands to blow your nose or check your phone; all you need to do is take your hands out of your gloves    the leashes secure the gloves to your wrists so they don't fall to the ground under the lift. When you get to the end of the lift, just tuck your hands back in your gloves, and you're all set to go.