Zen and the Art of Dog

The Best Overall Retractable Dog Leash – Our Review of the Flexi Classic Retractable Dog Leash

The flexi retractable dog leash is legendary for its features and durability. This is our choice if you’re looking for a great retractable leash!


  • 16 feet flexi tape leash
  • Can be accessorized with the Multi Box and/or the LED Lighting System.
  • Ultra-bright LED front light with a separate red rear light.
  • Easy attachment using the included velcro fastener, designed for all retractable leads in the flexi Classic leashes (sizes S to L).
  • Can be attached on either side of the casing for right or left-handed users.
  • For dogs up to 55 lbs.
  • Intuitive handling, thanks to convenient brake button and ergonomic grip handle.Best in class, fast, reliable response by the Short-stop one-handed braking system.
  • Cons

  • This leash is not for a leash biter or for a puppy.
  • What are reviewers saying?

    This is the second one in 17 years–the first one’s tape was becoming seriously frayed at a number of points.

    I tried the bestselling TUG, but it was huge for my hands and my westie.

    So I went back to my old classic. It is slightly redesigned, very light but very sturdy, very easy mechanism to control the tape, so overall great quality.

    You can get yours here!

    Looking for something else? Check out our reviews of other retractable leashes here.

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