I have purchased roughly 7-10 bungee lines, looking for the perfect one for canicross. Some were too long, some too short, some had too much give, and others just weren’t the correct color. The one I acquired most recently, has been the best match for what I was looking for.
I use the Ruffwear Omnijor system. It has a great belt, great harness, and a line that is way too long for the very congested races we typically run. Thus, my search for the perfect line. As I mentioned, I went through a lot of lines trying to find the one that suited us best. Soon, I will post a pros and cons list on all the ones I’ve tried. Today, I’m tallking about the one I like the most.
Through lots of trial and error, I finally found the Kurgo 48” Springback Leash. Kurgo describes the Springback Leash like this:
Designed for active dogs and owners, the Springback Leash is the perfect leash for your next hiking trip or trail run. The leash is constructed with tough 1" tubular webbing, has a breathable, padded handle and a D-ring to clip any necessary accessories to. An internal bungee gives you an additional 6" of stretch for when Fido makes unpredictable pulls or directional changes, and it has an additional training handle if you need to grab him quickly. If trail running is your thing, the Springback Leash works well with our Go-Tech Harness (sold separately).
It is a near perfect length for our races. Kurgo also makes a 30” version that is great for someone who wants to be a little closer to their dog while canicrossing, or even better, for someone who likes to have their dog heal at their side while they run.
The shock absorbing factor, or ‘bungee’, in a canicross line must feel just right. Too soft of a spring and you and your dog are jarred during the start and at every tight turn. Too stiff of a spring is a little better but produces close to the same effect. Kurgo got this one right. It also happens to fit pretty well into our color scheme!
I tested this product with several runs, in varying environments. A 4 mile road run, a 5 mile smooth trail run, and a 3 mile rough trail run. It performed well in every environment. The only place still left to test it is in a race and I will be doing that next month in Destin, FL. I expect it to perform just as well there as it has in training. This is now my go-to canicross line for almost every situation!
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