Lil' Ripper Gripper Kids Ski Harness and Snowboard Harness with Retractable Leashes and Tip Connector
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- Retractable leashes - These eliminate the cumbersome strap that is used on many other harnesses. The retractable leashes also safely store away in the waist holsters when not in use. No more worries of getting loose ends caught on the chair!
- 5 point adjustable harness - The harness will fit all body shapes using the adjustable clips. Furthermore, the use of 2 part clips makes putting the Lil' Ripper Gripper on, and taking it off, very simple!
- Waist mounted leash ponits - Puling back a young skier or rider at a point above the waist generally results in them becoming unstable falling backwards. By attaching to the waist (sides for skiers, front & back for riders), the Lil' Ripper Gripper better allows young skier and riders to adjust their weight and stay in control.
- Rear safety handle - The handle on the rear of the leash (shoulder area) allows you to hold onto your lil' ripper while riding the chair, or to easily pick them up after a wipeout!
- Tip connector included - Lil' rippers need to start off right by making the perfect snowplow. That is why we include the Lil' Tip Gripper ski tip connector with every purchase!
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The Lil' Ripper Gripper is the first kids ski harness and snowboard harness with retractable leashes (Canada and USA patent pending). The harness is constructed from nylon webbing for added durability and weather resistance. The leashes are attached with metal D-rings that are sewn to the hips for skiers and in the front and back for snowboarders. The positioning of the attachments allows the Lil Ripper Gripper to change from a kids ski training harness to a kids snowboard training harness in seconds. Finally, a kids training harness that all Lil' Rippers can use! The leashes are 4m (12 ft) long and retract when not in use. The leashes can be locked at any length up to 4m. When retracted, the leash handles are securely stored in the holsters on the sides of the harness - for additional safety when riding the lifts. A safety handle has also been sewn to the back of the harness to help keep a grip on those Lil' Rippers while riding the chairlift - or helping them up from a faceplant! Every Lil' Ripper Gripper purchase includes a Lil' Tip Gripper ski tip connector - to help make those perfect snowplows!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.96 x 3.94 x 11.02 inches; 1.95 Pounds
- Date First Available : February 11, 2015
- Manufacturer : Lil' Ripper Gripper
- ASIN : B00HV5EY2W
Best Sellers Rank:
#79,349 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #42 in Climbing Harnesses
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USER AGREEMENT: - Max. weight 50 lbs - Beginner slope use - Only for ski and snowboard training. - BOTH leashes must be attached when in use, and secured in holster when riding the lift
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Well, the day we got this we skipped the bunny hill/tow rope and jumped straight on the lift, and we were able to take her skiing al over the hill for about an hour and a half. Huge win!! It will take a bit of getting used to, but it’s super easy to use. And FYI, having two RETRACTABLE leashes is the most brilliant innovation!!!!! Two = steering ability. Retractable = so, so, so much easier to handle.
I’m a former snow sports instructor who was worried about inadvertently teaching my daughter to lean backwards on her skis, since I feel like most harnesses cause a child to be pulled backwards and have bad posture. This in anchored low enough on her body that it’s no longer a concern. Definitely worth a try for tiny kids.
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I tried it yesterday an it was really awesome. First of all my kid loved putting it on and its hilarious to test it out at home (definitely a sled dog/Santa's sleigh kind of affair). Pushing the button on the leash allows you to control the length which even indoors was immediately appreciated.
On the slope the first thing that really made me happy was the handle that is on the back of the Littleripper. The harness is easy to fit and the weight is distributed and I can lift my kid, skiis and all, off the ground without any complaints from him. This was very nice for getting off the 'magic carpet' and surely will be useful once we get to the lift. I don't think a back-pack type harness would be as easy for this.
Finally in terms of skiing with the leash. It was great to be able to adjust the distances on the fly. My son wanted me close at the top and then I could let him go ahead. There was quite a bit of distance between us when they are fully extended. He still hasn't got the hang of turning and it seems like to just wants to go fast. In one of our straight runs down the hill, he fell I could easily ski around him will retracting the cables and be there to help him get up without having to deal with a mess of tangles. Tangles would have happened if I had dodge my son and gather up the slack at the same time as would be the case with more traditional harnesses. Compared to my first day when I was running after him or skiing really close behind, this harness makes me much more comfortable when my kid just wants to fly down the hill. At the end of the day he started to turn and the two leashes make it possible to guide the turns.
The harness is solid, the two retractable leashes also seem well built. I think think this product will hold up nicely and if it does should be easy to sell again. The edgy-wedgy thing included also worked. It looks like the other screw-on mechanism for sale on Amazon and I saw many reviews talking about the challenges with fastening it on the skiis. I could fasten them and the edgy-wedgy work. However its annoying to have to do up screws every run and this be even worse with cold hands. I saw the ski school had much nicer ones with a clamping mechanism. Nevertheless, even if the Littleripper didn't come with an edgy-wedgy thing it would still be a good value.
I am really happy with this purchase. Its not a gimmick, its a good idea in action. It makes teaching kids to ski a lot easier than I remember it!
I hesitated at first because this product is more expensive than the other harnesses. And skiing is already such an expensive sport!
But I watched other parents on the hill, struggling with the non-retractable harnesses, and wasting so much time gathering up the ropes after every run. And you definitely need a harness to teach a toddler to ski. It’s excruciating and back-breaking to have to bend down to hold your kid while teaching them to ski. Especially if you are tall.
Plus, this product includes the thing to clip onto the front of the skis. So that’s a value of like $11 or $12 that you have to factor in! This thing popped off when my toddler threw a tantrum and kicked her legs, but otherwise it stayed on.
So if you need a harness don’t even bother looking at the other types, trust me, we were thrilled and proud to have this product when we looked at how other people were struggling with the cheaper products!
Now as for how it worked:
The harness can be set up pretty fast, it’s not any harder than doing up a car seat or stroller straps. (Easy to adjust even with cold fingers in the ski hill parking lot!) Check the measurements to make sure it will fit your kid.
We only used it for one day, but found it to be easy to use and reliable. The holster for the handles sort of interferes with the child leaning back in the chairlift but this didn’t seem to cause a problem for us. The fact that it has straps between the legs, around the waist and over the shoulders makes it very secure.
We were able to take our 3 yr old down the hill from the top, safe in the knowledge that she wouldn’t escape our control, and even able to guide her a bit.