Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Product Review: Leashes by Liz Multipurpose Leash

I bought this Multipurpose Leash from Leashes by Liz at SuperZoo. It has a snap at either end, and fouro-rings braided along its length. This leash is made from braided paracord, and it is quite sturdy. These are made by hand in Colorado, and are available in stores around the country. Leashes by Liz offers them in a multitude of color combinations, with other styles and coordinating collars also available.
Braided paracord utility leash
Photo by Erin Koski

I am a big fan of utility leashes, but I'm not thrilled with the ongoing braided paracord fad. Most of the paracord leashes I encounter are stiff, bulky, and uncomfortable to hold. When I spotted these at SuperZoo, I knew they were something different. These are braided like I braid my hair, not like a survival bracelet. The leash is flexible, comfortable to hold, and quite substantial. 

Though I really prefer to use light leather leashes, Sisci Godzilla has taken to biting through them when she gets excited. She doesn't gnaw, she just snaps once or twice and I'm down yet another leash. This has led me to acquire some more substantial leashes to hopefully keep her and everyone else contained.
Multifunction paracord Euro lead in hands-free configuration.
Photo by Erin Koski

Multifunction utility leads come in a ton of different configurations. They are largely defined as having a snap at either end, and some number of floating and/or fixed rings all along their length. A lot of utility leashes have very heavy hardwear that tends to swing around and hit the dog if you are super clumsy (I am super clumsy). This Multipurpose Leash has four rings braided along its length, and they are integrated incredibly well. The o-rings are not heavy enough to weigh down the leash, so they aren't super noticeable when not in use.

Flexible braided paracord double snap leash.
Photo by Erin Koski
With so many options, this leash is often in use around here. I most often use it to walk Godzilla and Zip at the same time when I need to get them from the car to the house. I also use it as a tie out at work, either snapping the leash to itself around an object, or just snapping it directly to a fence. Sometimes I clip it around my waist, or over my shoulder. It also works well with the Freedom Harness, and any other no-pull harness with two points of attachment.

Leashes by Liz has a demo video where they also suggest using the Multipurpose Leash as a mobility aid. It's long enough and has enough rings that it can be wrapped around the dog's waist to help keep their rear up. It would also work very nicely with the Help 'Em Up Harness, clipping to the front and rear rings to help support the dog. 

Pros: Durable. Bite resistant (though not bite-proof). Strong and sturdy without compromising functionality. Ring placement gives it many different uses. Made in the USA. Comes in tons of colors.

Cons: The actual clips are a bit heavy, though that may be a plus for some. Using a paracord leash makes my inner hipster twitchy. Even more so when I showed up at agility class and my instructor was using the exact same leash. 

Bottom Line: Leashes by Liz managed to make a paracord leash so different from all the other paracord leashes that I actually bought one. And now I use it. A lot. It's just so incredibly functional.


  1. I adore multipurpose leashes like this!! I'll likely never own a different type of leash.

    Like you said it just is so versitile from being a short traffic lead to 6ft, attaching to my belt loop for hands free, walking two dogs at once, tYing the dog up somewhere where you can't just loop the leash around itself, etc.

    I have a 1" padded nylon one that is about 12 years old now and still in great condition! I'll likely get another nylon (or leat her if I can find it) because like you I'm not a big fan of paracord work.

    1. Do you know what brand your padded nylon one is? I've seen quite a few nylon multifunction leashes, but I can't remember seeing any padded ones and I'm having a hard time imagining where the padding goes.