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Room to roam.
The Ruffwear Roamer Leash gives your four-legged friend room to roam without violating the strict on-leash policy of your city park. The integrated elastic core gives your pooch up to an additional 4 feet to smell and investigate. Taking your Weimaraner for a run in a futile attempt to tire her out? The padded handle adjusts to be worn around your waist so your gait doesn't get completely wacky. The Talon Hook keeps this stretchy leash firmly fixed on your pup's collar, and an accessory loop means you're not carrying an overly full poop bag for miles. A traffic handle near the hook gives you a way to yank your oblivious friend out of harm's way.
- Stretch webbing
- Talon Hook
- Adjustable padded handle, can be waist-worn
- Accessory loop
- Traffic handle
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old version but
Basically the same! At least for the part of leash that is shown -- this is a great hiking and running leash. Only difference in this model and new model is how the hook works on the handle/strap - and the bungee is a little tighter in the new model.
Good leash - not much h as changed!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used both the older and newer models of this leash - not much has changed other than the new hook closure vs the old buckle.
With either version, this is an awesome leash - its great for hiking especially with a harness. You don't have to worry about your dog getting pulled or pulling you down or up a mountain. It's got a good buffer so he/she doesn't pull you and absorbs all the uneven terrain well. You also get to keep your hands free for trekking poles or balance. For similar reasons it is great when we go on runs.
If there's not enough length you can just clip it around your hipbelt so that you have that extra length.
It works well around camp because I can attach him to a tree or picnic table. The clip also attaches well around other leashes so you can lash a second leash (in our case a 20' rope) to give them extra room without letting them wander off.
It also works well around town. One of my friends used it after surgery when they weren't allowed to bear weight; their body absorbed it rather than having to struggle to hold on to a leash.
The only downside is that since there is such a bungee aspect to it there is no easy way to grab them close in a pinch. For that reason I prefer the slackline around town.
Just like a flexi-leash this should not be used for dogs that "pull" since it will not teach them that pulling is unacceptable!
Such a brilliant leash!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This leash was definitely designed by someone who knows what an active dog owner needs! It allows your dog to roam around a little without jolting your arm out of socket while still leaving you in control. There is also a traffic handle near the latch, so that you can have more control if/when necessary to keep your furry friend closer. You can also use this leash to wrap around your body while running which is great! I would highly suggest this leash to anyone who enjoys hiking and running with their fur babies.
A forgiving trail leash for your arm!
- 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.
As an avid runner with my German Shorthaired dog, Donner, I have tried every running leash known to man and dog. Most basically have buckle attachments and use a static line to tie you to your running buddy. Not the Ruffwear Roamer!
Finally someone sat down and said, hey how about a leash that gives a little? That's exactly what the Roamer does. It's not a static leash (so you would not want to use it, say in a crowded environment where you would not want your dog to roam). This leash is meant to move with you and your dog without jerking you all over. As a result this leash is perfect for running, hiking and recently, our backpacking trip. While it is on the heavy side for packing in, we knew that the trail would have stock animals and thought that, despite on the heavy side, it would be better not to have my arms pulled out of my sockets trying to keep Donner on the trail and focused on going up verses that last horse he saw, say a mile away. I was very happy with the results. The Roamer gave Donner enough freedom to sniff around but without knocking me off balance with my 37lb pack. Additionally, there is a grip handle you can grab that is static, which gives you direct control over your dog at the neck. Very helpful!!! I simply LOVE this leash!! Now if it was lighter, I would be ecstatic!
What is the length of the leash if the...
What is the length of the leash if the hip belt is adjusted to 42inches?
You still have about another 40 inches of leash left! It is plenty long and highly adjustable. Hope this helps.