Fetch is fine after work, but on the weekend, your best friend likes to get outside and explore, too. With the right gear, you can all enjoy your outdoor adventures. Here's what our hard-playing dogs and their humans have to say about the latest dog gear... (Probably only fair to tell you that this sweet pooch isn't one of our test dogs, but until they send us their head shots, we'll just have to create the mood with a stand-in.)

Marin Leash

A non-dog person could be forgiven for thinking a leash is a leash is a leash. It seems a pretty rudimentary technology - a rope 'tween you and the beast. Yet the subtleties can move most anything from ordinary to sublime.

The Marin Leash from OllyDog is made of something called Bio Thane. Whatever that may actually be, I can tell you it looks kinda like belt leather, but feels like a rubbery plastic. The stuff looks good, it cleans up with soap and water, and it's apparently really tough. We've (Red and I) been using it for a few weeks, and it hasn't gotten nicked or scratched up.

The leash has a good, one-handed clip for the collar. The part of the leash that I appreciated right away was the loop for my wrist--it's big enough for my paw to go through, yet it stays in a semi-rigid teardrop shape. So it stays on my wrist without having to hold it constantly.

It's a good piece of gear that has relegated our other leashes to the "backup" pile.

C.H, Nov '07

Price: $20-24 (sizes S, L)

Buy Online: 88x31 REI Logo,Sierra Trading Post

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