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Rubbergrip longline vs Biothane longline vs Webbing longline vs Horse lunge line. An honest comparison

Every year customers come to us at houndagrips and ask us “ what is the difference between the materials used for longlines”

It's a great question. We can certainly understand the need to know its the customers choice and they are going to be using the longline day in day out. It's important that they are comfortable with it

At Houndagrips we only sell rubber grip leads and longlines, but the truth of the matter is rubber grip may not be the right fit for you. In fact a biothane, webbing or lunge line may be the better option.

This article is going to explain the pros and cons of each type of longline in an honest and transparent manner. This way by the time you reach the end of the article you will be able to identify which is the best fit for you


RubberGrip Longline Pros and Cons

Longline, rubbergrip biothane 

Pros of a RubberGrip longlines

  • Great Grip
  • Doesn’t soak up much water
  • Doesn’t Tangle
  • Lightweight
  • Colourful 




With the rubber inlay the rubbergrip leads have great grip in all weather conditions.

No water retention

Rubber grip doesn’t really soak up much water in wet weather, which means it never gets any heavier

Stays straight

Although Rubbergrip is flexible it's also rigid enough where it doesn't tangle around objects when out


RubberGrip is fairly lightweight so suitable for dogs of most sizes 

Many Colours

RubberGrip can be bought in a huge array of colours for you to match to your dog

Cons of a RubberGrip longline 

  • Can cause friction burns
  • Gets dirty
  • Can't tie in knots
  • Expensive


RubberGrip if handled incorrectly can cause a decent friction burn



For people that trial their longlines with their dogs then RubberGrip longlines do get dirty 

Not so readily available

RubberGrip is not available in many retail stores so if you lose it you can’t just pop out to pick one up

Moderately Expensive

RubberGrip sits at the higher end of the longline pricing

Comes in limited widths

RubberGrip tend to only be available in 1-2 different widths so for tiny dogs it may not be suitable

Biothane Longline Pros and Cons

 rubbergrip dog longline 

Pros of a biothane longlines

  • Easy to clean
  • Doesn’t, soak up water
  • Doesn’t tangle
  • Colourful 
  • Durable

Low maintenance

Biothane leads are generally hard wearing and durable

Clean easy

Biothane cleans up really nice with a dip in some water and a wipe down with a cloth

Stays straight

The Pvc plastic coating stays straight and doesn’t tangle

Remains the same weight

With its plastic coating biothane doesn’t soak up any water in wet weather, which means it never gets any heavier

Many colour choices

Biothane can be bought in a huge array of colours for you to match to your dog

Cons of a Biothane longline 

  • Generally heavier and thick
  • Slippery when wet
  • Can't tie in knots
  • Expensive
  • Can give a good whip on your legs



Biothane can be heavy for smaller dogs


Because the pvc coating is fairly rigid when the dogs are running around full pace the biothane can give you quite a whip

Smooth surface

Biothane is made of a Pvc coated webbing than when wet can be slippery. Especially the case with large bouncy dogs


Knots can’t really be tied in a biothane lead as the pvc coating is quite rigid


Generally at the high end of the price scale for a longline

Horse lunge line Pros and Cons

 horse lungeline rubbergrip dog longline


Pros of a Horse lunge line

  • Soft feel
  • Cheap to purchase
  • Heavy duty
  • Robust 

Nice to hold

Horse lunglines generally have a handle and the soft material is nice and soft to hold


These are cheap to buy and readily available. Can be bought online or at saddlery shops


They are built for horses so they are heavy duty and strong

Cons of a Horse lunge line

  • Soaks up a lot of water
  • Heavy
  • Not suitable for smaller dogs
  • Plain coloured



Horse lunge lines are built for well horses and although used for dogs the clips tend to be big and heavy

Soak it up

Although the material is soft these lunge lines take on huge amounts of water when used in the wet

No for small dogs

Due to some of the reasons stated above horse lunge lines are not suitable for use with small dogs. The clips are heavy and material heavier when used in wet


If you like to match your dog's kit then it better be pretty dull. Horse lunge lines generally come in very plain colours

Webbing Longline Pros and Cons

 webbing rubbergrip dog longline

Pros of a Webbing Longline

  • Cheap to buy
  • Easily available
  • Lightweight
  • Colours
  • Knots can be tied in 
  • Comes in thin widths



Webbing longlines are really cheap to buy and you can incredibly long lengths for a decent price

Readily available

Webbing longlines are available in many pet shops and online retails that means they are easy to pick up


With a webbing longline you can tie know in the lead at 1 or 2 metre intervals which helps to stop a dog that's run off when you put your foot on the line


Webbing Lines come in pretty much every colour imaginable so for  something that stands out you’ll get it in webbing


Webbing longlines are available in a number of different widths all the way down to really thin which is great for house lines and tiny dogs

Cons of a Webbing Longline

  • Friction burns
  • Easy to tangle
  • Soaks up water
  • Gets dirty 



Webbing if handled incorrectly can cause a decent friction burn


As it's fairly lightweight Webbing longlines tangle extremely easy in or around objects 

Soak it up

Although the material is fairly lightweight webbing longlines soak up a surprising amount of water


For people that trial their longlines with their dogs then webbing longlines do get dirty and hold dirty and as above water


Key Takeaways

Each of the Four types of longines- RubberGrip, Biothane, Horse lunge line  and Webbing longline- come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Pros and cons of RubberGrip Longines

RubberGrip longines have great grip, don't pick up much water, are lightweight and come in a wonderful array of colours. However, their initial cost can be higher than horse lunge lines and webbing longlines, they can cause friction burns if not handled correctly and there aren't many widths available.

Pros and cons of Biothane Long Lines

Biothane longlines are extremely durable, don’t tangle, don't soak up any water and are really easy to clean. The biggest disadvantages include being slippery when wet, can be heavy, high outlay cost and can give you a nasty whiplash if not careful 

Pros and cons of Horse lunge lines

Horse lunge lines are extremely durable, cheap to buy and are made of a super soft material which is nice on the hands.all. The disadvantages include they soak up a lot of water, have large and heavy clips and are not suitable for many small dogs

Pros and cons of Webbing longline

Webbing longlines are extremely lightweight, readily available,  can have knots tied in them and cheap to buy. However, they can cause friction burns if not used correctly, they tangle very easily and soak up water and get dirty.



Still have questions about these types of longlines available ? If so, contact us directly

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