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#1 Airliner9

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:42 PM

Last weekend when we had a little bit of fresh snow, I went for a ride with a guy who lives across the lake.  He giggled at me when I hooked up my DESS tether to my jacket loop.

 I've always figured the 2 seconds it takes (added a big hook) is well worth it just in case you end up off your machine.  Especially so when you got a 4 stroke that could end upside down at the bottom of a hill.   At worst, it would save me some embarrassment.   Have never had it snagged yet going through the brush and kill the engine.

 

Question is, do you use the "dead man's switch" on your sled??



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:45 PM

Always tether.

 

My Yamaha did not come with one and the first thing I did was install a tether.

 

It should be standard on every sled.


Edited by Cubby, 06 January 2017 - 07:05 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:46 PM

I'm a user... It's the only safety switch it has...

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:46 PM

I never have, until this year, new 1200 enduro, after 2 min on it I said holy "edit for bad language" it's torquey, and I put it on my jacket, I like having it on there now, 725 miles so far and I don't see me riding without it, Just seems like common sense and safe if I come seperated from the sled.



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:47 PM

I've always used a tether since they were on sleds.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:49 PM

Always

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:50 PM

Watch the youtube videos of the "un-manned" sleds. Some of them are funny till the end. Wouldn't want to pick up the pieces of a lot of the results.......


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 06:54 PM

I began to wear my tether religiously after seeing the following video. Our rides have studs so I don't think we would be so lucky if this ever happened.

 

 

Hopefully this will encourage some of you to wear it if you don't 

 


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:11 PM

Started doing it last season. Theres a vid in one of those fail video where the guy jumps off a drop and crashes, he ends up under the sled and throttle is pinned.....good thing he didnt have studs.


Edit: didnt read all the replies before posting. ^^^thats the vid!

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:16 PM

I'm with everyone else, I do now but never used to. But after watching the above vid it kind of makes you think??

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:35 PM

My buddies nephew had a Polaris (Rush) and I don't think it had a tether.

Well he went off the trail over a hill and got separated from the sled, the sled ended upside down with the throttle stuck wide open. It took him a little while to get to the sled and dig out to reach the key. He was lucky it didn't grenade it was just screaming wide open with the track in the air.  


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:41 PM

If I have my helmet on and it's clicked chances are my tether's hooked to my jacket.....if I'm just going from here to there (loading, pulling from pump, etc) chances are it's clipped to the riser....


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:42 PM

Always.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:44 PM

Yep, in my boat too.
In fact I was going to name it "tethered wave"

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:46 PM

Yikes! I never have wore mine. We doo on the Sea-doos but not on the sleds. I will be after seeing that video. Good thing he wasn't alone. My father in law surprised me when he said his RMK didn't have one. I thought they all did. And I thought mountain guys always used them.




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