We’re longtime fans of 26 Bars & a Band’s Avant Garde leash collection. The fun patterns and designs are a great way to show off your style while taking ol’ Fido for a walk. The only problem has been deciding on which design to choose — until now! 26 Bars & a Band has a brand new series of interchangeable covers designed specifically for their Avant Garde leashes: the Snap Case collection!

Wrigley and Smash were lucky enough to be sent a set to try and, being the stylish pups they are, they chose the Metro and Sherlock Snap Case designs. Check out our review below!

[Disclosure: We were sent an Avant Garde Snap Case Leash for review by 26 Bars & a Band. All views and opinions are our own.]

Avant Garde Snap Case: Custom Retractable Leashes by 26 Bars & a Band in collars leads

Our Avant Garde leash arrived with the Sherlock case already in place but, of course, I wanted to try out the Metro design. After spending a few minutes trying to pry it open with my weak blogger fingers, I finally grabbed the closest thin (yet sturdy!) object I could find, which worked like a charm. The instructions included with the case say to “create a gap by pulling the case apart and inserting a thumbnail, nail file, guitar pick, or similar”. In my case, a random “reward card” that had been lying around for a few months did the trick. I should note that creating that initial gap was a little tricky, a good thing in my opinion: once a case is snapped on, it’s snapped on really well!

Avant Garde Snap Case: Custom Retractable Leashes by 26 Bars & a Band in collars leads

Here’s what a naked Avant Garde leash looks like, in case you were wondering.

Avant Garde Snap Case: Custom Retractable Leashes by 26 Bars & a Band in collars leads

Oh, and here’s the Metro design waiting for its chance to shine — or not shine, technically. (The Metro case exterior is smooth, silky, and matte! No shine here, folks.)

Avant Garde Snap Case: Custom Retractable Leashes by 26 Bars & a Band in collars leads

Attaching the new case was a breeze! Three quick snaps and it’s in place, ready to rock and roll:

Avant Garde Snap Case: Custom Retractable Leashes by 26 Bars & a Band in collars leads

BAM!

Avant Garde Snap Case: Custom Retractable Leashes by 26 Bars & a Band in collars leads

After I snapped the new case on, Smash and I took it for a little test drive. The Avant Garde leash has a nice ergonomic handle that features a rather comfy rubber grip and a simple, one-button release. The leash material itself is made of super durable belt nylon and is as smooth as butter to extend or retract. Each Avant Garde leash is available in two sizes: small (9 feet) or medium (15 feet). We opted for the small, which holds up to 28 pounds. All in all, the Avant Garde leash is a very high quality retractable leash (one that comes with a 36-month warranty, P.S.).

Check out all the Snap Case designs available from 26 Bars & a Band!

UPDATE: If you’d like a better idea of how to change your Snap Case cover, check out this short how-to video from 26 Bars & a Band!