Ruffwear Roamer Leash

Ruffwear Roamer Leash

With the New Year comes New Year resolutions, and, if your resolution includes more exercise for you and your pup, grab a dumbbell for one handed curls (see I'm helpin' you out already) and keep reading!

My husband and I decided to forgo big gifts this past Christmas and stick to stocking stuffers. Unlike myself, he is a big runner (I'm the first to go in a zombie apocalypse) so I stuffed his stock with gear for jogging. Among the balaclava and wireless headphones, I knew a hands-free running leash for Whiskey would be a great fit. After researching a few options, I purchased the Ruffwear Roamer Leash from our friends at Happy Hound.

The Ruffwear Roamer Leash is a lightweight, six foot, hands-free leash. One end attaches around the waist with an adjustable Talon Hook™ and the other attaches to the dog's collar with a scissor clip. Near the scissor clip is a convenient traffic handle (in case you need to quickly control your canine). The a significant portion of the leash's length includes internal elastic which provides some give and resistance when stretched. We found that all the hardware and straps were well crafted, durable, and comfortable.

The first thing you'll notice is the Talon Hook™ which secures the padded handle around your waist. This can be a bit tricky at first use. The quality of the straps are very tough as it's meant to last quite a while, so the webbing loop can be stiff when first used. Fortunately, Ruffwear has a great video on their website explaining how to release the loop from the hook. Over time, the loop has broken in and is significantly less difficult to remove. FYI - the padded handle can also be used as a regular hand held loop, so the Ruffwear Flat Out can perform regular leash duties as well!

So how does it perform? Extremely well. The waist strap is easy to adjust and fits comfortably without becoming loose during the run. The length of the leash gives Whiskey some freedom without being so long he feels too far away to quickly stop if need be. It's also short enough it will not drag on the ground or present a tripping hazard. We also really appreciate the built in traffic handle as we never know if we'll be in a situation where we need to keep him close (passing other dogs, wildlife distractions, crossing traffic, etc.). Based on the huffing and puffing hubby is doing in the above photos (and the smile on Whiskey's face), I'd say the leash is a hit! Go me and my Christmas gifting abilities

There is one caveat to the use of this leash. It is not designed for a dog who isn't already leash trained. The elastic within the webbing is convenient in a sense it provides some gentle resistance when your pooch reaches the end of the leash's length. This is so he won't pull you over by suddenly unbalancing you from the middle and also so he won't effectively clothesline himself in the process. But dogs who don't understand leash etiquette and consistently pull will stretch out the elastic over time, creating a longer leash. Keep this in mind when considering any type of hands-free leash.

Overall we love the Ruffwear Roamer Leash - both in concept and performance. It's durable, functional, takes seconds to attach, and comes in many different colors besides the very manly black and grey (I didn't think hubby would appreciate pink). It's also easy to care for by hand washing with mild detergent (the hardware could damage your appliances if machine washed). But its biggest pro is the idea behind its use - that exercising can and should include having fun with your dog. That's one resolution we can run behind!  

Review by Bethany Williams (