Ruffwear currently offers 6 different dog harnesses for a variety of activities (of course I want them all!!!), and today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Front Range Harness and the Load Up Harness.
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The Front Range Harness – Everyday Use
The front range harness is the perfect harness for everyday adventures, be it a walk around the neighborhood, a trip to the beach, city destination, or a hike because it’s sturdy, yet lightweight and super easy to put on.
For the past year, Missy has been doing all of these activities with the medium size front range harness in orange (as of last year, it was only available in a few colors, orange being one of them – the harnesses JUST became available in many more colors!).
We even use it in the car to buckle her up (see picture at the end of the post in Bottom Line). We use a nylon tether that connects to the aluminum V-ring on her harness and clips into the back seat buckle. That tether came with a previous car harness we no longer use because it felt flimsy.
Everyday Activities With The Front Range Harness
Ruffwear's Front Range Harness - For Dogs On The Go
- Comes in 6 colors (black, green, blue, purple, red, orange) & 5 sizes (XXS, XS, S, M, L/XL)
- Retails for $39.95
- Everyday harness
- Two leash attachment points
- Four points of adjustment
- ID pocket
- Padded chest & belly panel for comfortable wear
- Reflective trim for low light visibility
2 Points Of Attachment On The Front Range Harness
The Load Up Harness – Car Travel
I wanted a really sturdy car harness for Buzz since his 75 pounds of body weight catapult him into the big boy category (Missy weighs 50 lbs), and, as mentioned above, our previous car harnesses just didn’t feel like they’d be up to the job of actually keeping the pups safe in case of an accident. So I went ahead and invested 80 bucks for Buzz’s medium size load up harness in black – one of the best doggie accessory investments ever.
It’s sturdy and, like anything Ruffwear, extremely well made and allows for a decent range of motion. Buzz can either lie down on the backseat or sit up, and while his load up harness is a lot more bulky than Missy’s front range harness, he can still go for a little walk while wearing it.
The Load Up Harness Is Great For Road Trips & Ok For Short Walks
- Only available in black
- Comes in 5 sizes (XXS, XS, S, M, L/XL)
- Retails for $79.95
- Car travel harness for the backseat of a vehicle
- Successfully crash tested at MGA Research Corp
- All metal, strength-rated hardware
- Four points of adjustment
- Padded chest and belly panel for comfortable wear
- Universal seatbelt attachment
- For more information and the crash test videos, check out Ruffwear’s FAQ section
I feel like there’s no right answer to the question of “which of the two harnesses is better?” – they are both great for what they were designed for. I might end up getting Missy a car specific load up harness for our road trips, and Buzz a front range harness for our everyday activities. Granted, it’ll be an additional $120 in doggie gear, but it’ll be money well invested and…let’s face it…dog lovers love to shop for their pups, right?!