Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gear Review: No.6 The Vice That Binds Leash

A couple of years ago, I noticed that there was some hype surrounding the then-new No.6 The Vice That Binds leash. Wondering if this leash lived up to the hype, I decided to get one.

The hype that this leash received is duly deserved.

From a specs standpoint, the No.6 The Vice That Binds leash is a coiled bicep leash, which features an ergonomically shaped cuff band, BSP polyurethane coils, a brass swivel and a stainless steel connection ring with double reinforced stitching. The leash also features a rail saver and a top-threading leash plug. Lastly, this leash comes in three different sizes – small (2.75” diameter), standard (3.25” diameter), and wide (4.25” diameter) – and three different colors – black, gold, and silver.

The thing that immediately caught my attention was the comfort of this leash; it’s easily the most comfortable bicep leash that I’ve ever used. The comfort is attributable to the design of the cuff, which is more padded and wider than most other bicep leashes’ cuffs. On top of that, the leash strap stretches, which allows you to tighten the leash without overly constricting your bicep.

Beyond the comfort of this leash, it’s also very well made and durable. On top of that, the coils have good shape retention. Also, the rail saver is a huge time and hassle saver when you want to remove/attach your leash.

The only thing that could be improved is the stretchiness of the leash strap. It stretches a little too much so you can only tighten the leash to a certain degree. If the leash strap was a little less stretchy, you could probably tighten it a little more while still not overly constricting your bicep.

The No.6 The Vice That Binds leash is my preferred leash due mainly to its comfort, but also due to its durability and rail saver. I highly recommend this leash to anyone looking for a high-quality, comfortable leash.

As you can see in this pic, the leash cuff is well padded.

The rail saver: easy on, easy off

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