Leashed. Spinlock has been stepping up their already-deep line of safety products, first with their award-winning Deckvest, and now with their ORC-legal Connect Range tethers. The two-clip tether that I tested relies on a girth hitch, rather than a metal clip, to affix it to a PFD’s hard point (Spinlock recommends also carrying a knife, should a user need to escape her tether). The tether features dual clips that are a snap to open, even with cold hands; one of the clips is sewn to an elasticized section of tubular nylon webbing to ensure that it won’t drag on a deck. The tethers also boast a load indicator, which alerts a user when the tether has been exposed to a certain amount of force and needs replacing. From $89. Spinlock LTD. , 802-362-5258, www.spinlock.co.uk

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