Gear Watch: Supercollar

What's a supercollar? It's a dog collar with a built-in retractable leash. A molded rubber handle secures to the collar. When you need it, simply undo the quick-release turn lock and pull the handle. Two thin steel cables extend up to 36 inches from small housings on either side of the collar for instant canine control.

According to, each cable has a breaking strength of more than 100 pounds, plenty even for the feistiest trail buddy. As you release tension, the cables automatically go back into the housing, thanks to "patented waterproof retractors with dirt and debris flushing technology." The supercollar is further featurized with reflective tabs and standard metal D-rings for clipping a regular leash.

It seems like an excellent solution for situations where you may be leashing and unleashing your dogs multiple times, like an off-leash run through the local woods where you may meet other people and/or dogs who may be skittish around an unleashed dog. Or for that short distance between your car and the trailhead, where you want to leash your dog for safety from vehicles. Or for emergency situations where you must immediately gain complete control of your animal.

The supercollar caught my attention because it won a 3M-sponsored In-New-Vation Award at 2011 Winter Outdoor Retailer. It has garnered considerable press and numerous other accolades as well. The supercollar retails for $39.95.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.