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    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2015 2:05am (Jul 3rd 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    This is a review for the Ruffwear Front Range Harness - if you came to read about the Zero DC Short harness, skip to the second post!

    We bought the Ruffwear Front Range harness for £34 and it arrived on January 31st 2015. We bought it for Kasper, a (then) 4 year old Springer Spaniel x Border Collie (22kg). He fell nicely into the Medium size, which was lovely as I've heard that the sizing for these harnesses can be iffy.

    We ordered the pacific blue one and it is beautiful! It was the most annoying harness I've ever had to fit personally, as there are two buckles at the top that need adjusting AND two buckles either side at the back as well! Even so it only took me about ten minutes, and as Kasper has no issues putting harnesses on / off it was easy to do.

    Kasper didn't mind wearing this harness at all, but then he never does. He was happy to walk, lie down and go about his business in it from the get go. Kasper in his ruffwear on his fifth birthday:

    This harness also fit our much smaller SBT, so we have ordered a second Front Range Harness in orange for Kasper! We found this one for just £30 in Medium too :smile:

    I don't know if the harness will rub our SBT yet as we haven't worn it on a walk. I'll update this post in a few weeks / months ~ UPDATE: it doesn't rub her, although because of her gigantic head the chest strap area is always loose...not a huge issue though :smile:

    **edit 2016**

    We used to really rate the Ruffwear Front Range harness, then the second (orange) one we bought began to fray within a few months of buying it.

    I contacted Ruffwear who kindly sent out a replacement, but the replacement orange harness had the same issue, and began to break in even less time - in less than a month the fraying was bad enough that I was uncomfortable to use it!

    I contacted them again and they sent out a second replacement, but by this point I had lost trust in the company and wouldn't use the harness again...their quality control must be dreadful.

    Ruffwear at the time said they had never had anybody else report this issue (which is unusual, because I've spoken with several people who have had the same problem!!) but via their blog Ruffwear have since admitted to me that it was a known fault, and they've supposedly fixed it now.

    - Looks adorable
    - Secure, Kasper has never backed out of it
    - Good fit because you can adjust it in four places
    - Front clip if you want to use that
    - We've been wetting the harness before walks for Kasper to keep him cool
    - Dogs seem to find it comfortable
    - Comes in beautiful colours

    - Expensive compared to some harnesses
    - Front clip isn't a metal D ring, I wouldn't trust it personally (not that I ever use front clips). Please note: I've never read about it not being trustworthy
    - Sizing issues, quite a lot of people report problems
    - A little annoying to fit
    - One broke with less than 6 months use, and the free replacements Ruffwear sent out broke with even less time - one began to fall apart in less than a month!!
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2016 1:17pm (Apr 14th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    **April 2016**

    After the Ruffwear harnesses (specifically the orange ones) began falling apart on us, we bought a new harness in.

    It's a Zero DC Short Dog Harness, and although it was pricey (£40 total - possibly a little more than a Ruffwear) it is fantastic. It's designed to be a sports / pulling harness, but can easily be used for a general hiking harness too. The harness is well designed, fast drying, easy to adjust and - most importantly - DURABLE!! We have had it since February and it's awesome :smile:

    You can read about it here, and see our updated Ruffwear review here!

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