Winter Dog Walking Winners

January 26, 2016

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  • Peter Reese

That adorable member of the family needs some outside time, no matter the weather.  And getting away from the screens in your life isn’t all-bad, either.  Active Junky puts you into winter with more wonderland for you and your faithful hound with these six winners.

Chaco leash Chaco Dog Leash Starting at: $18.96 Chaco Dog Leashes keep it all together with authentic webbing in a package assembled in Rockford, Michigan.  Peace of mind comes from a durable plastic buckle attached to the soft-but-durable polyester jacquard webbing leash replete with reflective thread.  The adjustable 6’ length is ideal while two widths (.75” and 1”) suit all breeds.  No worries about dirt and splashes as the Chaco leash and companion Collar both are machine washable.  

Best For: Year-round four-legged pursuits

Chaos Castle Texture Knit Beanie is part of the diverse Worldbeat collection from the brand.  Active Junky relished the plush 70% acrylic and 30% wool mix in this interwoven pattern.  Technically a unisex style, Castle takes the hill for compact women’s style with a less hair crushing fit than many beanie styles.  A trio of color choices all project sensible style and compress easily into your pocket when the storm passes.  At under $25, this one is a world-beating value as well.

Best For: All-around wear, casual and hiking

Khombu Alice Boot kicks icy streets in their chilly teeth as you and the pooch take the sidewalk by storm.  This one digs in with K Grip slip-resistant outsoles piled high with streamlined insulation.  As in, a rating down to -20 without every looking expedition-grade.  Testers zipped up with a faux fur collar adding snow protection even as the Thermolite stepped in to warm this U.S. Ski brand.  Don’t stroll by this one if daily urban wear shouldn’t mean freezing your feet to look good.

Best For: Daily wear, commuting

Sealskinz gloves01 SealSkinz All Season Glove SealSkinz All Season Glove continues to be an Active Junky favorite.  No matter your adorable dog’s DNA, this brand’s breeding is beyond question with military-grade credentials.  This model’s mid-range rating makes it suitable for moderate conditions thanks to 100% waterproof and breathable performance our team has verified.  Touchscreen friendly and anti-slip, All Season gets a handle on phone calls and ambitious canines straining at the lead.  

Best For: Cool weather anywhere, periodic precip including rain and snow

Mammut Go Dry Pant (Women’s Long) brings four-season potential to active women who value a slim fit and fast drying.  Active Junky’s tested the range from tops to bottoms with equal praise for women’s and men’s options.  The 115g piece’s waffle structure is comfortable while being supportive during walking, biking or working out.  A budget-friendly price puts Go Dry within range of dog walkers, whether traversing glaciers together or dodging icy spots downtown.

Best For: Trimmer athletes wear well beyond walking

Or phone pocket Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket Starting at: $16.34 Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Smartphone Pocket guards against licking winds and slobbering dogs.  With waterproof, submersible capacity, Sensor’s touch-screen clear window delivers spot-on accuracy even in colder temperatures.  Ziplock and rolltop security stays flat in a compact package; If an integrated headphone jack matters, a second model fills the bill.  The removable, adjustable lanyard adds carry options to keep your valuable phone out of sight until needed.

Best For: Bad weather walking, travel in all condition

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