9 Best SUP Leashs in 2020
Stand Up Paddlers get by with comparatively little equipment. When it comes to the equipment, many people naturally think of the SUP Board, the SUP Paddle, the appropriate clothing and life jacket, which children, untrained swimmers should always wear and adults should also put on better when sailing in rough waters. However, the SUP Leash is often forgotten.
The SUP Leash is an important part of the equipment and belongs to the basic equipment of every Stand Up Paddler. The leash is attached to the board with one end and the other end is attached to the paddler’s ankle or below the knee. If it goes into the water unplanned, the board cannot swim away. Wind, currents and waves can cause the board to build up considerable speed. Even experienced swimmers will then have difficulties in catching up with the board.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a suitable model. In our guide we will go into more detail on the individual aspects. However, you won’t go wrong with the holding lines from our best list. These have already proven themselves in practice or have convinced in SUP Leash tests.
Meanwhile there is a whole range of different SUP Leashes on the market. It is not easy to keep track of them. In the following we will therefore take a closer look at some of the best SUP Leashs. You won’t go wrong with these models.
The best SUP Leashs
|WOOWAVE SUP Leash 11 Foot Coiled|
|WOOWAVE Surfboard Leash Premium|
|BPS 'Storm' Premium Coiled SUP|
|WOOWAVE SUP Leash Premium Stand Up|
|Unigear Premium SUP Leash 10'|
|redder Coiled SUP Leash Surf Paddle|
|Tagvo SUP Leash Coiled 10ft Super|
|Retrospec Helix 10' Coiled Leash|
|BPS 'Storm' Ultralite Surf SUP|
Guide: Buy the right SUP Leash
Before we go any further into the characteristics to consider when choosing an SUP lease, let us introduce the different types of leases. There are different types, depending on the skills and the area of application:
- Simple poker: In contrast to coiled leashes, this type of tethers are simple, straight lines. Nowadays this type of holding lines are rarely used in popular sports, but they are still used in competitions. The reason for this is that coiled leashes can restrict the movement on the board a bit. With simple lines you have more freedom of movement, which is advantageous for experienced paddlers who quickly change their stance position and generally work more with the whole body.
- SUP Leashs for the hip: There are also holding leashes that can be worn around the hip. Some paddlers prefer this kind of SUP Leashes because they are even less noticeable when worn or because they are simply more comfortable. In flowing waters, rapids and white water, SUP Leahs must be worn around the hips. Otherwise life is in danger. If the leash gets caught on obstacles, this can be fatal in the flowing water. In the year 2016 alone, there have been three deaths on the River SUP. The problem is that a classic ankle leash is very difficult to solve once you are trapped in the water masses. For this reason, the so-called Hip SUP Leashes have emergency triggers, so that in dangerous situations the board can be quickly released from the body.
The rule of thumb is that the SUP Leash should ideally be about as long as the board. If the leash is too short, you may hit the board if you fall into the water, because the leash will pull the board along. A very long leash, on the other hand, will drag in the water and will get dirty quickly. The leash also has a water resistance and therefore (slightly) brakes out. Furthermore, long leashes can get caught on plants, rocks or other obstacles, which can lead to nasty falls. With coiled leashes the problem occurs less often, because they are much shorter than the board when coiled.
The best SUP Leash in the world will do you no good if it feels uncomfortable. The nice thing about leashes is that you don’t even notice them when you’re driving. When choosing a leash, you should consider the comfort of wearing it. Especially when touring, you have the leashes on your feet for a long time.
Many manufacturers therefore pad the ankle support of their leashes or use materials such as neoprene for the side that is attached to the foot. The soft material adapts well to the body and is extremely comfortable to wear.
A SUP Leash is a very affordable purchase. However, since the holding lines are part of the basic equipment and you wear them all the time while paddling, you should invest money for a high quality model.
The saying “if you buy cheap, you buy twice.” is not always true and does not necessarily apply to SUP Leashs, but in fact, cheap models save on production costs. Cheap SUP leases are often less padded and less likely to offer additional features (such as a key compartment.) Furthermore, coiled leases usually cost slightly more than simple tethers. However, the latter are still not a good choice due to the higher risk of injury.
The name of the manufacturer always plays a role in the purchase decision. Some companies have already made a good name for themselves by producing high quality SUP accessories for many years. These big names include Aqua Marina, Mistral, Fanatic and Naish.
There are also a number of smaller companies active in the market for leases. This does not necessarily have to be a disadvantage, as these new manufacturers often come up with something new to stand out from the crowd. In many cases their offers are also hard to beat in terms of price.
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about SUP Leashs answered
Why should you use a SUP Leash?
The simple answer to the question is that a SUP Leash is much cheaper than a new SUP board. We have often heard of paddlers who simply couldn’t catch up with their board after a fall in the water.
Wind, waves and currents can accelerate the board so much on lakes and rivers that it is almost impossible to catch up while swimming. This is why leases are created. With a SUP Leash you don’t have to worry about the board in an unplanned waterway.
Especially important are the tethers for inexperienced swimmers, who should not do without a leash in addition to the SUP lifejacket. If you can’t swim fast, you will have problems catching up with the board. In fast flowing waters and in white water, however, care must be taken.
Commonly used coiled leashes, which are attached to the ankle, are not the method of choice for flowing waters. Too great is the danger that the board gets caught on an obstacle after a fall, but you will be pushed underwater by the current. A leash attached to your foot is very difficult to remove in these situations. In the worst case, these situations can even end fatally.
For such applications, normal SUP leashes are therefore strongly discouraged. Instead, only SUP leashes with a waist strap may be worn. These models for the hip also have emergency triggers to further reduce the amount of handling required in an emergency.
How long should an SUP Leash be?
The length varies from model to model and is ultimately a matter of taste. In general, the leash should be longer than the board. For example, a 335 cm (11 ft) leash would be perfect for the classic 320 cm all-round board. With very long Touring SUP Boards or Race SUP Boards the leash doesn’t have to be longer.
With regard to length, please note that a leash that is too long often drags behind the board when riding. This slows down a bit, leads to a quick twisting of the leash and is also dangerous because the leash gets caught more easily on plants or other obstacles. Coiled leashes that are too long are less problematic, because they lie (almost) completely on the board anyway due to their spiral design.
A too short SUP Leash can also be dangerous. If you fall into the water, you might hit the board. With the short leash, the board could be pulled right along. A short leash could also restrict your freedom of movement.
That doesn’t matter. The leash can be worn on the left leg or the right leg and the result is the same. The main thing is that the leash is attached to the board and leg, is not too short or long and is comfortable to wear.
Our observation is that most stand up paddlers put the leash on the dominant leg. Right handers tend to wear the leash on the right leg. For left-handed paddlers it is the other way around. The reasons for this are not quite clear, but for many people it just feels right.
Another thing to pay attention to is the way you stand on the Stand Up Paddling Board. Most of the time your feet are on the same level and point forward. So in these cases both legs are at the same distance from the rear D-ring where the leash is usually attached.
In some situations a stand with one front and one rear foot is also chosen. This can be the case, for example, when you want to make fast turns with a kickpad or when you want to accelerate with as much physical effort as possible.
If there is a chance that your stance is not always parallel, the leash should be attached to the rear foot. This way the leash does not always cover the whole board and the danger of getting tangled up is reduced.
A SUP Leash consists of three main parts. At one end is the ankle strap, which is either made of neoprene or has padding for extra comfort. Then there is the actual leash, which used to be a simple cord, but nowadays the leash is usually rolled up like a spool.
The other end is attached to the board with a Velcro fastener. In most cases the leash is attached to a large D-ring, which is located at the back end of the board. Only a few models have the D-ring at the front of the board.
Regarding the material of the leash, we recommend models made of plastic. Urethane is one of these materials, which has proven itself in practice by its high durability.
Stand Up Paddling has taken the world by storm. The trend first became big in the United States, but the sport is also really well known in this country. The mixture of muscle training, closeness to nature and keeping your balance makes the sport unique. The latter can be done well on calm waters after a short acclimatisation period.
In flowing waters or other turbulent waters, however, even experienced paddlers lose their balance now and then. A SUP Leash is especially important when paddling on open waters or in wind, waves or currents. The leash prevents the board from floating away.
Water and weather can clog the leash. For this reason you should invest in a good model that is durable and tear-resistant. As far as the different types are concerned, coiled leashes for the ankle are the best choice for the vast majority of paddlers. Only in flowing waters should a SUP Leash be used for the hip.