Having owned a shop dedicated to selling dog gear for over a decade, my dogs have been spoiled, to say the least. They’ve patiently tried dozens of collars, leashes, backpacks, coats – the list goes on. In the end, we have a core set of gear that works well for us, for the activities we do most often. The Ruffwear Front Range Leash recently made the cut!

The Front Range Dog Leash

I’d describe the Ruffwear Front Range Leash as an ultralight leash. At ¾” wide and 5ft long, it weighs about 3 oz! The length is good for walks and the padded handle is comfortable where other light/narrow leashes may cut into your hand if your dog is a puller.

Ruffwear Front Range Leash Crux ClipThe new Crux Clip is strong, crazy light and you can operate it easily with one hand; not to mention it just looks really cool (click the image for a larger view).

The Front Range Leash has an accessory loop for a poop bag holder and a traffic handle for quick restraint. And, if your dog is into fashion, the leash comes in six colors to perfectly match the newest Ruffwear Front Range Harness.

The price point for the leash is $19.99. It’s pretty much what I would expect for a piece of quality gear backed by Ruffwear.

Best Uses of the Front Range Leash

Ruffwear Front Range LeashFor me, the Front Range Leash has earned the coveted spot in the truck door map pocket. It may sound insignificant but from April through October we spend a lot of time moving the dogs in and out of the truck where leash laws are strict. The leash is so light and takes up little space, it’s the perfect fit. I’ve also taken to using it for regular weekend morning walks around the campground. It barely feels like anything in your hand but remains comfortable when my big dogs excitedly tug.

Ruffwear Front Range LeashYou might find the leash a good fit for stops at the dog park or as a backup leash when off-leash hiking or running. Again, it’s so light and small, it takes up hardly any room in a pocket or pack.

Despite its compact size, the Front Range dog leash is strong; I have no reservations using the leash with small or big dogs.


I wouldn’t consider this the best fit for on-leash hiking or running – in most cases, you’ll be better served with a longer leash that can clip around the waist.

Check out the Ruffwear Front Range Leash