Review: Ruffwear Slackline Leash
Ruffwear Slackline Leash is a good, high quality leash. But for a leash that doesn’t have most of the features I need, the price is too steep for me. I really want to love this leash, but I found another leash that suits my needs better. I currently use Amotaios hands-free leash.
The leash was both a regular hand-held leash and waist-worn leash in one, which is great for runners and walkers that like to free both their hands. However, it was very cumbersome converting the leash from hand-held to waist-worn and vice versa. Contrary to what people think, it wasn’t very easy for me to unhook the end of the leash from the Talon hook.
I love how easy it was to slide the slider with one hand to adjust the length of the leash. The slider also held its position pretty well, allowing the leash to keep its length and it didn’t loosen.
The webbing was thinner and stiffer than the other leashes I own, but it seemed durable. So far, it is holding strong. But I haven’t yet used it that long to know how durable and lasting it is.
The padded handle was not the most comfortable. The padding was thin and the padding texture (with holes) made it a little rougher on the skin. I usually prefer neoprene. When gripping the handle, the padding folded inwards into the padding exposing the edge of the webbing. Because the webbing was thin and stiff, it cut into my hand. A comfortable handle is very important to me as my dog is a puller and winter temperatures gets harsh on the hands.
Looking at the Talon clip photos online, I thought it would easily come off, but it didn’t. They didn’t show it in the photos (they should), but both sides of the clip overlapped each other, making it secure. It required a little bit more strength to open the clip compared to those standard leash clips where you pull a handle to open. The clips opens up to approximately 3/8″. The clip creates somewhat of a heart shape when opened so it sort of grabs the collar/harness clips making it easier to clip than the more common clips. The clip is also lightweight, it wouldn’t overwhelm smaller dogs. For those who say the clip comes off when they accidentally step on it, I found it a little hard to step on the clip without stepping on my dog. Maybe if it is attached to an extended harness that extends far enough away from the dog, then maybe there’s a possibility of stepping on the clip. The clip also turned parallel to the ground (horizontal) when I stepped on it so I couldn’t apply enough pressure to open the clip.
There was reflective stitching on the whole length of the leash, but on only one side of the webbing.
For $39.95, the Ruffwear Slackline Leash was on the expensive side. I could not justify the price especially that I now barely use it because the handle is not very comfortable especially in cold temperatures.