I’ve already done a brief review of the Ruffwear here, but things have changed and I wanted to cover this harness in more detail.
We’ve been using the Ruffwear Front Range harness for almost a year now, and we have three of them (please see this post for the harness’ features) . It’s a nice looking harness and, although it can be finnicky to adjust, it has fit our adult dogs well.
Price: £29 – £35
Our first Ruffwear arrived in January 2015, and was for Kasper. We chose the blue one for him.
Kasper has zero issues with having harnesses put on or taken off, which was good as this harness was the trickiest we’ve had to fit. The straps that go around the belly are easily adjusted, you can just pull the buckle and they slide to tighten or slacken. The straps around the neck don’t slide, so that bit is a pain in the arse to adjust!
This harness seems to feel comfortable on the dog; Kasper often wears this lounging around the house, and Zoey can even sit and lie down in hers – she has never felt comfortable doing this in any other harness she has worn.
In July we discovered Kasper’s blue Ruffwear harness also fit Zoey, and she was happier wearing it than other harnesses. She began to wear the blue Ruffwear and we ordered Kasper an orange one.
Both dogs have put these harnesses through their paces. They’be been worn on street walks, beach walks and forest walks. Activities include mad rolling…
Thankfully the Ruffwear harness needs minimal cleaning and is easy to hand wash. The harness is also pretty quick drying – it has rained A LOT this autumn and winter, so I am grateful for this!
In November 2015 I noticed that the edges of the webbing on the newest orange harness. The webbing, which connected the rear D clip to the harness, was fraying on both sides.
That was in just four months. Here’s a comparison photo with the blue harness, which we’ve had close to a year:
When I contacted Ruffwear about the fault, they were quick to reply and immediately sent out a replacement orange harness. That was 1.5 months ago. Guess what?
It’s happened again and already the new harness is fraying – wtf?!
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I’m so confused! Kasper doesn’t do ANYTHING that could cause damage to the harness, he doesn’t even walk off lead so it’s not like he’s charging through brambles. He wore the blue harness for over six months, Zoey has been wearing it for five months, and it’s fine…
I’ve contacted Ruffwear again, and asked if they have had any other complaints about the orange harness. They said they haven’t. They seem to be offering another replacement, so this time we have asked for a blue one for Kasper. I haven’t heard from them since Christmas eve.
Overall: The good
- Comfortable harness that can be adjusted pretty much everywhere for a snug fit, at least on most doggy shapes!
- A few colours to choose from, and those that they do offer are nice and vibrant
- This harness is only one of two harnesses that hasn’t rubbed Zoey, at all
- Looks REALLY nice on dogs; it’s big enough to be noticeable but, because it’s not *too* big, it doesn’t cause our pups to overheat in summer
- Has a front and rear clip to attach the lead to, and also a hidden compartment to put your dog’s tags in
Two of our three Ruffwear harnesses have had issues with the webbing by the rear D clip fraying; after just one month we could see it happening on the replacement they sent us
- It’s a fairly pricey harness, especially if the fraying is a common issue
- There are only four colours to choose from – if there were more I’d probably buy one of each!
- The neck hole can be an issue with large headed dogs (*cough* Zoey *cough*). It has to be big enough to fit over the head, and for blocky headed dogs the harness then isn’t tight enough and can flap as they run
To be quite honest even if / when they do send out a replacement, we will not be using it.
I’ll keep it as a spare harness, but I won’t use / buy Ruffwear products again. The fact that two of the Front Range harnesses broke so quickly does not make me trust in their products – I have never had one dog harness begin to fall apart so quickly, never mind two!