in the wild
Ruff Wear Roamer and Flat Out
When it comes
to enjoying the outdoors with my dog two
factors come into play: Safety and Comfort.
While testing Ruff Wear's Roamer and
Flat Out leashes I found they both
were terrific products.
Both the Roamer
and the Flat Out can be used as hand-held
or waist-worn leashes, or if needed as a
fixed leashes for clipping around a tree
or post. The latter is ideal should you
ever need to make a quick "pitstop"
out on the trails. The slide release buckle
on both allows for easy adjustment for the
padded handle and will go from a comfortable
hand held size to fit a 42" waist.
Each style is equipped with Ruffwear's exclusive
Talon Clip, which is strong, secure,
light weight and easily maneuvered with
one hand for ease-ability when clipping
to your dog's collar. They also have a traffic
handle for close control.
Here is how
they are different:
is made with sturdy tubular nylon webbing
and equipped with a dynamic elastic core
that is capable of expanding an additional
3 to 4.5 feet giving your dog just that
little bit of extra room to move all the
while keeping you in control. The Roamer
comes in two length sizes, small (length
when resting 5.5', length when extended
8.5', width 0.75") and large (length
when resting 6.5', length when extended
11', width 1").
The Flat Out
is made of a strong static webbing which
is 6 feet in length and does not allow any
extra moving around like the Roamer
Our canine gear
tester was eager to test both leashes. The
Roamer was more suitable for faster
paced activities such as running because
it allows space between us, without the
leash being too long and dragging on the
ground, and allows the pet to run comfortably
(a smidgen) ahead of me if need be.
Using the Flat
Out for hiking and walking around
the city works best for with this particular
Labrador Retriever because it offers the
added security of keeping him right beside
me. Being a Mom, I found having the ability
to walk the dog hands-free is important
because there is always a little hand that
Roamer leash and Flat Out leash
both offer safety and security when taking
your dog on outdoor adventures.