Climbing ropes, especially recycled ones, can vary a lot, but this is by far the softest of our three ropes. It’s almost cottony to the touch, which is nice when I have it draped around my neck, and gentle on Robin’s historically delicate neck fur.
The Quantum is on the thick side because it’s made with two layers of nylon webbing, tacked together about every 3″ (it varies) to create a nylon ladder; to fix the leash around your waist/shoulder/an object, you clip into the ladder with the included carabiner.
So which design is better? I’ll discuss this more below, but the standard style may be easier for foot-shy dogs and wriggly puppies, since it’s just popped over the head and fastened around the belly. It also features a unique padded buckle guard to keep the dog’s coat from being pinched in the side-release buckle.
While the hefty 1″ size medium is overkill for 17lb Robin, it’s not at all heavy. The webbing is sturdy but lightweight, and the clip is much, much lighter than it looks. I’ve used it on his collar several times and it doesn’t even tighten his martingale. The length and the range of the elastic on the medium Roamer are perfect for us. He has just enough range to sniff the edge of the trail, but not enough to get twisted up on anything.