Review: Amotaios Dog Leash
As a hiker and amateur photographer who lives in a busy city (NY Metro) and hikes with her dog who pulls and failed obedience school, I was looking for more features in a leash than most dog owners. For 4 years, I have settled with leashes that did not have everything I wanted. Then I found the Amotaios dog leash.
Amotaios is not a popular brand among dog products, and I myself cannot guarantee the company’s trustworthiness. It seems that the company manufactures different products from lights to baby proofing kit. Seems sketchy? Probably. But I bought the leash anyway because it was the only leash that had all the features I was looking for. For $20.99 (now $15.99 at the time of this post), I thought it was worth trying. I’m very glad I did.
2 IN 1: HAND-HELD OR HANDS-FREE
With the Amotaios dog leash, it was quick and easy to switch from hand-held to hands-free. The leash came with a belt that had a metal D-ring. The main handle had a movable metal hook that easily hooked to the D-ring on the belt for hands-free option.
This feature is very useful when I need to take pictures while I have my dog with me. With my previous leashes, I move the handle towards my elbow while I try to take pictures with both my hands. If my dog moves, my arm moves creating a blurry shot. In addition, being hands-free gives a sense of freedom while still following the rules of most parks where dogs need to be leashed.
The webbing is as thick as most of the leashes I have owned, and not too stiff. It looked durable and has held up for more than 8 months now. The leash is about 42″ in length and can extend to 54″ when the bungee is pulled. There was reflective trim on both sides of the leash webbing, but only on one side of the shock-absorbing bungee portion.
The generous neoprene lining of the main handle made it very comfortable to hold, even in very cold temperatures when my hands get stiff and sensitive. Comfortable handle is very important to me as my dog is a puller and winter temperatures get really harsh on the hands. The main handle had a movable hook that attaches to the belt for hands-free option, and to one of the D-rings on the leash when tethering the dog to an object.
TRAFFIC CONTROL HANDLE
The leash had a traffic control handle close to the collar/harness hook. The side of the handle that you hold is lined with the same generous amount of neoprene as the main handle, and it was very comfortable. I use the traffic control handle when my dog and I are crossing a busy street or if I don’t want my dog to get too close to something. The handle worked very well for me, but not so well for my husband. The handle was too low for my husband. My dog is 17″ tall and my husband is 5’10”.
The middle of the leash was a shock-absorbing bungee that worked great with my 34-lb dog who pulls on leash. With the shock-absorbing bungee, there was a considerable decrease in the tension when the dog pulls suddenly. If you have a dog who pulls, I highly recommend getting a shock-absorbing leash. I bought one before the Amotaios, but the shock-absorbing part of the leash was so tight that it ended up being useless, so make sure the shock-absorbing portion of the leash you are buying is not too tight.
The leash had 2 metal D-rings. One D-ring was located between the main handle and the accessories handle, and the other on the other end of the accessories handle. They could be used for accessories. I have attached collapsible bowls, bag clippers, even a doggie water bottle to the D-rings; and it held up pretty well.
One innovative use of the D-rings that I love is that it can tether your dog to something like a pole. To tether, loop the main handle end of the leash around an object (e.g. pole) and clip the main handle hook to one of the D-rings.
The leash had an accessories handle right below the main handle. I got a poop bag holder with 2 velcro loops that loops around the leash webbing. I attached the bag holder to the accessories handle using the velcro loops. However, the handle was too big and the bag holder kept moving up and down the handle. Don’t get me wrong; it was still better than attaching the bag holder to a leash with no accessories handle where the bag holder can move up and down the whole length of the leash. To prevent the bag holder from moving, I looped one of the bag holder’s velcro loop around the main handle and the other velcro loop to the accessories handle. I am looking at a similar poop bag holder with a clip on one end so I can loop both velcro loops around the accessories handle and attach the clip to one of the D-rings to prevent it from moving.
The belt was adjustable from 31″ to 41″ and had reflective trim. It had a plastic buckle, but so far it has held up to my 34-lb puller. It had an alloy D-ring where the leash is attached. It had neoprene lining on about half the length of the belt. The width is 1″ like the leash. I think it would be more comfortable if the neoprene lining lined the whole length of the belt and if it was a little bit wider. I wish it had another D-ring where I can attach accessories to, instead of attaching the accessories to the leash.
I have been using the leash for 6 months now, for city walking and hiking in the woods and mountains of NY. Except for small paint chips on the metal hooks and rings from use, the leash is still in great condition. The shock-absorbing bungee is holding up very well, too and has not slacked.
I initially bought the leash for $20.99, and I think the leash is worth more than that with all the features. I liked the leash so much that I bought another one as back-up 2 months after for $16.99. I believe it is $15.99 now at the time of this post. So is it worth it? Definitely. I recommended it to all my friends with dogs.