A good stand up paddleboard leash is a must for safety of both you and others in the surf. The Coiled SUP Leash from XM is a great leash for when you are in flat water because the coiled design keeps the cord above the water to minimize drag.
Some other key features of this leash include:
- Double swivel stand-off design
- Velcro ankle cuff
- Detachable railsaver
- Key Pocket
Available in 3 lengths: 9ft, 10ft, and 12ft
Available in assorted colors (NOTE: color may not be Black)
A great safety feature that you can add as an option to this leash at checkout is the Power Clip. With the yellow EZ-grip emergency pull tab, just simply pull the loop to release the ankle cuff from the leash.
One main difference among paddleboard leashes is whether they are (1) straight or (2) coiled.
- Straight paddleboard leashes:
- Pros: better for paddleboard surfing waves because your SUP can pull farther away from you in a wipeout for safety to prevent your SUP from smashing into you.
- Cons: the straight leash is a lot of cord that sits on the water to create additional drag that can slow you down.
- Coiled paddleboard leashes
- Pros: optimized for flatwater paddleboarding, or racing our touring, like in bays, lakes or rivers where you prefer to have your paddleboard close to you without having to worry about the wipeout / danger component of your board being too close to you. The coils will still unwind some with a pull, but then coil back, bringing your paddleboard closer to you.
- Cons: not optimized for paddleboard surfing waves, where you prefer to have distance between yourself and your SUP in the event of a wipeout.
- Hybrid paddleboard leashes combine the best of both worlds, with half the leash coiled where it's closest to your ankle, and the other half flat where it attaches to your SUP. This provides a balance between cutting down on drag and making sure you have the paddleboard leash length you need.
I have a 12 foot, 6 inch inflatable used only for flatwater. What length coiled leash do you recommend?
For paddling on a SUP in flatwater, you are probably fine with either the 10' or 12' length leash. Since those water conditions normally shouldn't be very thrashy, you don't necessarily need more leash length if you wipe out. So it is more personal preference on if you think you want a little extra length, and either should be fine.
Got a new leash on life
Posted: April 8, 2018
Ha!! Yes. We all need them!! Why not get one before you are swimming after your board since the old faithful leash finally gave up the ghost!! I truly like coiled leashes better for my SUP surf sessions!! Highly recommend!! :-)
Posted: August 9, 2017
Leash is well made and durable looking. I got the 10' coiled for a 12'6" touring board. Keeps all the slack out of the way.
Posted: September 14, 2016
Every thing I expected. Quality product
Rugged and comfortable
Posted: February 20, 2016
Works as advertised. Love the comfortable padding. The coil keeps it out of the way.