Great Gear: Cinching leash goes on, off easily with pets

By Pete Zimowsky, McClatchy NewspapersNovember 15, 2012 

When you've got to leash or unleash your dog quickly, nothing works better than a Just-a-Cinch Leash.

It just loops over the dog's head and the pet is secure. I've been using one for years on the trail and out hunting.

Ruffwear's Just-a-Cinch Leash is made of kermantle rope, it has a cinch design that keeps the dog under control and a friction slider that gives the loop a secure fit on the dog.

Our dog has slipped out of her collar before. With a cinch leash, our dog would not have escaped and gotten in trouble.

The leash also features a tubular webbing handle, accessory loop for pickup bags or other clip-ons and is reflective for low-light situations. The leash comes in several colors and costs $24.95.

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Warmer keeps your sleeping bag toasty

Anyone who's camped in the cold weather knows the importance of a warm sleeping bag.

If you're looking to amplify that comfort, there's Grabber's Sleeping Bag Warmer, a portable heat source that will keep bags toasty for more than 12 hours.

The sleeping bag warmer includes a nonflammable warmer in a soft fleece holder.

The warmer is air-activated, reaching full warmth in about 30 minutes.

The warmer is nontoxic, made from all-natural materials, including iron, water, cellulose, vermiculite, activated carbon and salt.

Activating it is easy; just open the package and shake. It reaches a maximum temperature of 166 degrees and an average temperature of 135 degrees.

The warmer can be paused by storing it in an air-tight, resealable bag.

Its pouch is reusable and includes one warmer, which is disposable and can be replaced.

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The price for one sleeping bag warmer is $4.49.

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