I have had dogs my entire life and never have I cared about their leashes. I should rephrase that, never have I put effort into finding a leash I liked. There were leashes that I didn’t like, and leashes that I was indifferent about. It wasn’t until we won a Ruffwear prize pack from Valhalla Pure Outfitters last summer that I discovered what it feels like to fall in love with a leash.
The Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash makes me want to take Kirby for a walk. It is a fun colour, has a spot to clip gear or keys or tie on some poop bags and is oh-so-comfortable to hold. I also have no fears of it snapping or knotting (despite the name, ha ha) or unclipping from Kirby’s harness or collar. It even caught the eye of my brother-in-law who doesn’t even have a dog.
Being someone who walks a bouncy, happy, squirrel-chasing 45-lb dog, every single day, it makes a huge difference to have a leash that I love to use. And the Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash is that leash.
The Star of the Show: The Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash featuring…
- Strong, supple kernmantle rope (available in 4 colours & 2 sizes)
- Strong and secure locking carabiner
- Enhanced visibility with integrated reflective trim
- Convenient accessory loop for pickup bags or small clip-on items
- Comfortable, easy to hold tubular webbing handle
What we love about our Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash:
- It is the perfect length! At 5ft (1.5m) it allows Kirby enough distance for us to avoid tripping over him, but not so much that he can get up to no good. Also, many of the hiking trails in our area stipulate a 6-foot maximum leash length, making this leash ideal. And, when we’re in an off-leash dog park, the leash fits perfectly over one shoulder, clipped at the hip.
- It is SO comfortable to hold! Whether you simply hold the leash in your hand, slip your hand through the handle, or slide it up your arm while fiddling with a trail baby in his carrier, the leash is comfortable. So much so that I often forget I’m holding it.
- It is light and packable and we have the large size. When you see how thick the rope is you might think that it’s heavy but the whole thing, carabiner included, weighs only 5 ounces. And it rolls up nice and tight when you need it to.
- It is so strong I honestly would feel comfortable leading a horse around with it. This is a climbing-inspired leash made with tough rope and the carabiner is rated for up to 1100kg (and that’s more than twice as much as your average horse weighs!)
- It is easy to clean and dries quickly, which is very important to anyone with a muddy water-loving pooch. Kirby has dragged it through the mud and we’ve walked him in the rain. I give the leash a quick rinse in the tub with our trail dog and hang it to dry afterwards and it has yet to develop a smell or take more than a few hours to dry. The handle takes a little longer than the rest of the rope because of the tubular webbing.
- Ruffwear is a brand made for “ruffing” it. They have taken great care in designing a product that is safe, comfortable and built to last so that your four-legged friend can accompany you on every adventure!
- The money goes to dogs & the outdoors. Ruffwear is partnered with Best Friends Animal Society and The Conservation Alliance and every Ruffwear purchase you makes helps them continue to contribute to animal rescue and the conservation of the outdoors in North America.
What we would change if we could:
- It is too easy to lock which makes unclipping the carabiner a two-handed job sometimes. The lock spins very easily into a locked position, but I am not coordinated enough to spin it back the other way one-handed. However, I would much rather it lock easily than unlock easily.
- The carabiner is bulky when you clip it to a collar. Living in an apartment, we use this leash to take Kirby out to pee as well as for walks, so we clip it to his collar for those quick jaunts and to his harness for walks. If all you use is a collar, you might be happier with the smaller size.
- It is American – and like I say with all American products that I’ve reviewed, this is only a downside while the exchange rate is not favourable. At $34.95 USD, who wouldn’t buy this leash? At $50.00 CAD, I might hesitate only because we are on a tight budget and it’s an everyday leash for us. We easily spent that much on a specialized hiking leash, which I’ll be reviewing shortly, but not for an everyday leash. Having said that though, it is 100% worth it. The quality is there, and I do love this leash!
To get your hands on your very own Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash for $50 CAD, check out See Sawyer Run or Valhalla Pure Outfitters. They have a wide range of outdoor gear for dogs from leashes and collars to packs, toys and First Aid kits.
Have you tried any of Ruffwear’s leashes? Which is your favourite? I would love to hear about your experience with this brand in the comment section below.