Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash review: a lightweight, compact dog leash that packs easily for hiking or backpacking adventures Dog Hiking Gear

Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash

Ruffwear's Ridgeline Leash is a compact, lightweight travel leash that offers fast collar clip-in and pocketable portability, while staying strong and secure. Our trail-tested review.

It’s no secret: we’re huge fans of Ruffwear’s collection of thoughtfully-designed and durably crafted outdoor gear for dogs. From dog leashes, collars and packs to collapsible pet bowls and dog beds, Ruffwear has us covered on our outdoor adventures with Jake, our lab pup who’s always up for an adventure.

Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash: a minimalist, lightweight dog leash for hiking, climbing, camping and dog park fun

We’ve been testing one of Ruffwear’s latest leashes, the Ridgeline Leash, on some of our favorite hikes near Asheville and trails at our favorite Georgia State Parks. It’s an ultra-compact, lightweight leash that’s made from stretch webbing. The leash’s stretchy length contracts to 2.5 feet and expands to over 4 feet when fully stretched, and the webbing serves as a great shock absorber, great for squirrel-crazy Jake’s random bursts of pure puppy energy.

Our favorite lightweight dog leash: the Ruffwear Ridgeline is a compact, webbed leash that's perfect for packing

Ruffwear Ridgeline: our trail-tested review

Why is this leash so great? While it’s no replacement for our favorite everyday leash, the Slackline, the Ridgeline is a fantastic, minimum-weight leash for walks, travel, or trips to the dog park. The Ridgeline’s minimalist design easily stuffs into a pocket when it’s not in use. And it’s great as a backup leash, too: we’ve been stashing it in our hiking packs for backup when we accidentally leave Jake’s everyday leash at home.

With its compact size and light weight, the leash takes up minimal space in our backpack (or glove box), perfect for storing until it’s needed.

The Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash features an oversized lightweight metal clip that allows for super-fast clip-in to a dog collar or backpack

Finishing off the leash is an oversized lightweight metal clip that allows for super-fast clip-in, to either Jake’s collar or our favorite dog pack, the Ruffwear Singletrak (read our Ruffwear Singletrak review for more details). The Crux Clip makes leash attachment a breeze, even with one hand – great for when a fast clip-in is needed, like at a dog park or at camp. And paired with the large v-ring loop on Jake’s favorite collar, the Ruffwear Top Rope, we can clip on the leash one-handed, fumble-free, and in a second.

Ruffwear Ridgeline Leash: review wrap-up

Fast clip-in, stretchy length, shock absorption and great design: this ultralight leash has won us over for its pocketable portability and quality construction. And while it won’t replace our favorite everyday leash, the Slackline, the Ridgeline will be hiking, camping and dog park-ing with us for many puppy-fueled adventures to come.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.