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An affordable and stylish leash.
That old, ratty climbing rope you call a leash needs to die, once and for all. Not only does it clash with your pooch's Hoopie collar, but it's about to break for good. Pick up the Ruffwear Flat Out Leash—the low-profile webbing maintains a bit of your climbing style, and the Talon Clip is easy on your paws and won't tremble in fear when the squirrel taunting escalates. The padded handle won't rub your hands raw and can be adjusted to go 'round your waist when you're taking your dog for a run. The traffic loop gives you a solid place to grab when you need to keep your pup close around cars or other dogs.
- Tubelok webbing
- Adjustable padded handle
- Talon Clip, ergonomic
- Traffic handle
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Flat Out the Best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm not sure that I had many expectations for a leash other than to keep my pup nearby, but the thoughtful design of the Flat Out leash has amazed me.
I'll start at my hand and work to my dog's collar, pointing out notable features:
The webbing is light, but strong and looks great after its fair share of abuse on muddy hikes. The padded hand loop isn't bulky but provides some comfort that is much appreciated on long trips. The hand loop is adjustable for use as a waist leash (something I've yet to do), but also unclasps completely to quickly wrap around a tree, post, or that railing outside the local coffee shop. I was a little skeptical of the loop staying secure, but after seeing the design and using it, I feel confident that the loop will only come undone when I want it to. Near the dog-end, the traffic loop allows me to keep my pup nearby when we're waiting to cross the street or passing a less-than-friendly dog on the trail. Finally, the clasp quickly and easily attaches and detaches from a collar or harness (not that my dog has a problem patiently sitting, but...OK, we're both incredibly impatient). Even when the collar loop is hidden from sight by fur, I find it's easy to get the leash securely fastened.
There have been a few times when a leash of a different length (longer or shorter) may have been ideal, but I find that this is a good all-around length. Many parks actually require a leash that is 6' or shorter, so this fits the bill quite well. Friends and dog sitters who have used the leash have commented on how great it was, and despite my apprehension to get too excited about a dog leash, I must agree.
Flat Out Goodness
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
First off, I'd like to say thank you to Backcountry.com and Ruffwear for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.
Out of the box and easily clipped to Gracie's collar, we are ready to go! Of all the leashes I've used, the ease of the Talon Clip design is way ahead of its time. Seriously, say goodbye to all the wrist-wranglin' attachments of yesteryear when it comes time to getting your pooch attached in a hella quick manner!
At 6 feet long, the Flat Out leash obeys all the leash laws and then some. Shoot howdy, there is even an adjustable traffic loop for city sidewalk strolls to keep the pup close; heck yeah! The padded handle is a nice touch too.
Out of the city and down the beaten path, the Flat Out handles like a champ. We've got a strrrrrong puller on our hands and it definitely keeps her in check. We like to use it in conjunction with the Webmaster Harness or even the Float Coat at times as well. So far, the durability and strength of the Tubelok webbing is taking everything we throw at it.
The only drawback we found with the Flat Out was its length on certain... extreme trails. Every so often, some of our hikes turn out to be more like crazy scrambling sessions going up some rather boulderous terrain. Sometimes, a bit more length is required (I'd say by another foot or two; seven to eight feet total) so when your pooch finds their next step, you've still got some slack in the line. This is crucial so your pup doesn't lose footing and fall backwards if there is not enough slack. Ack! But like I said, this only comes into play when doing some more extreme trails where the longer length would be required.
If you're looking for a great, easy to use leash, stop looking and snag one of these already!
A view of the slack when you use the waist attachment. The final length of the leash will (obviously) vary depending on how big you are.
There is also a good view of the handle near the collar for when you want a little more control.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
We got this leash to tame our border collie/cattle dog, Bandit and aren't disappointed in the least! The leash itself can function as either a traditional, hand-held leash OR can snap around your waist. Before you start thinking to yourself, "do I really want to be that nerdy person attaching their dog to my waist?" give it a shot.. we were those skeptical folks and have been completely impressed!
The leash is super easy to swap between modes as well as completely comfortable around your waist. It's light and it doesn't dig in at all.
The magic with this leash happened, however, when we started trucking with Bandit. She's not great with other dogs so you always have to be cautious when you're passing by people on the trail. When you have her hooked-up to your waist she feels confident enough that we found she didn't even flinch when we walked past other dogs along the way. To make things better, there is an awesome handle near the collar that is super easy to grab for those moments when you do want a bit of control.
My husband and I were impressed with what this leash brought to the table with Bandit. She pulled less overall and not having her react to other dogs on the trail was an added bonus. I highly recommend this leash for all dog owners out there, but especially for those who might have a pup that pulls or needs a bit more assurance with other dogs along the trail.