Our Akita is a big strong dog with her own mind which means she usually wants to go the opposite direction to me. Despite this, my wrists don't suffer at all whilst using this lead. The cushioning is just right to allow you to maintain control of it yet not lose circulation in your hand,
The strap is thick and strong enough that our dog who likes to hold it in her mouth and chew, hasn't caused any damage to it. The clip is also big and strong and easy to use even whilst wearing thick woolly gloves.