I found this new type of zip (extendable) lead. The Zip Lead from Planet Dog. I think there is a time and a place for a retractable leash – for example in open areas where dogs are not allowed off lead or for dogs with poor recall.
I personally don’t like using retractable leads. They are chunky and awkward in the hand. For those, like me who have small hands and equally small fingers the standard retractable leash is simply uncomfortable to use. However, the new Zip Lead is great, it fits easily in the hand and is lightweight. The wrist strap is comfortably padded – at last, a company who has thought about the person holding the leash!
If you’re thinking about a new retractable lead, it’s worth giving this one a try.