Reviewing The Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness vs Load Up Harness: Which Is Better?
Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2023. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you.
The Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness – Everyday Use
The front range harness is a good harness for everyday adventures because it’s sturdy yet lightweight. I like to use it for:
- Walks around the neighborhood
- Trips to the beach
- City destinations, and
- Adventure hikes
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, but the harnesses JUST became available in many more colors!
I even use it in the car to buckle her up (see picture at the end of the post in Bottom Line). For this, I use a nylon seat belt buckle 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 I no longer use because it felt flimsy.
Features of the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness
- Comes in 6 colors (black, green, blue, purple, red, orange)
- Available in 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
The leash attachment points are made of webbing rather than heavy duty metal.
That doesn’t make it a good option for strong dogs who tend to pull on the leash, so it’s definitely something to consider.
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).
Also, as mentioned above, my 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.
It’s sturdy, well made and allows for a decent range of motion. Buzz can either lie down on the backseat or sit up.
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.
Features of the Ruffwear Load Up Harness
- 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
Reviewing The Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness vs Load Up Harness: Which Is Better? – Bottom Line
There’s no right answer to the question of “which of the two harnesses is better?”. That’s because 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?!
Do you have a favorite (Ruffwear) harness or are you pondering buying one? As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this blog post!
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