Friday, January 23, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Hey, everyone! Today I have a review for one of my all time favorite companies: Ruffwear. Ruffwear makes high quality and incredibly durable products for dogs of all sizes. They offer jackets, collars, harnesses, backpacks, toys, beds, bowls and everything in-between. I have several of their products for the dogs, and they are my go to company for harnesses and rough and tumble coats.

Today's review is on their newest harness, the Front Range. It's an easy on, easy off harness for everyday wear. It can be used as either a back clip or front clip, comes in four colors (grey, pink, orange and blue) and five sizes (from a 13" girth to a 42" girth!). It has reflective piping and was quick to dry after the beach on Sunday.
This harness came out a few months ago, and while my review is later than most I took quite a while to test them out on my dogs. As I mentioned, we have quite a few Ruffwear items and they have set a very, very high standard for me, especially their other harness, the WebMaster. I wanted to be certain that this harness would live up to my expectations of Ruffwear, and it more than surpassed them!

First off, the sizing. This has been the first harness that both Nola, Pike and Olivia can wear. I have Ruffwear's other harness, and while the measurements are the same, that one only fits Nola. It hits Pike's erhm, junk in an unfortunate way (although it's admittedly hilarious to walk him walk in it) and Olivia isn't chesty enough yet for it to fit well, even when sized right.
The Front Range doesn't hit anywhere near the belly for Pike, fits better in the chest for Olivia and is adjustable for Nola's deeper chest and thin neck and head. Do you know how impossible it is to find a harness that easily fits three very different dogs? It's amazing!

I'm normally not a fan of front clip harnesses. I don't like the way most pull across the shoulders, and I've never needed to use one. Olivia is way too short and doesn't pull much (she's only 6 months old though), Lincoln is too young and small, Nola doesn't pull and Pike HATES to walk more than a foot in front of me. However, I love the way the Front Range is cut. Doesn't impede shoulder movement and while I was unsure of the front clip at first, given it's reinforced nylon webbing instead of metal, it's very sturdy.

I'm probably not the best to test that feature though, as neither of my dogs that can test it are pullers, but I do like having it for a bit more control if need be!

The ID pouch holder is really cool. My crew wear collars even when I use a harness, but the option is super handy. It's a tight nylon string tucked into a securely Velcroed pouch. Nola and Olivia took turns wearing this harness at the beach, and not even the sand working into the velcro made it open.

It's a bit difficult to adjust, and Pike's longer fur does cling to the inner lining, but other than than I am thrilled with it! 5/5 stars!

You can even pull a Nola and use them as ear muffs.

Dachshund Mommy


  1. It does look quite a monster harness though don't you think? But, it would probably work for this little Princess as I don't walk, I bounce along!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. It is a really nice harness but we are not pullers either
    Lily & Edward

  3. The straps behind the legs aren't padded and look like they'd rub. My current harness has fleece covered straps and it makes the difference between having hair there, and not. Glad you found a harness that fits all three!

  4. Yep, I love them for all those reasons too. Great review.

  5. It looks almost like there is enough padding around the armpit area to prevent rubbing. I may have to look into this for Blueberry. I really like the front and back clip options. It looks more rugged for hiking than the harness I currently use. Great review!

  6. We love our front range harnesses, too!! That color is great on your girls!! :D I love the blue and almost got it!! LOL

  7. Glad you liked the harness. We got to be early product testers but it didn't work for Gretel because she is such a puller. What about using the front clip you ask? Something about her height, my height and the position of the clip didn't work and, basically, the leash would pull right right across her eyeball. If I used the back clip, harness pulled across her neck and caused her to cough (a problem we have with almost every single harness out there so I was not shocked but a bit disappointed). I LOVE Ruffwear stuff though so I use what I can from them.

  8. We sure like the looks of that harness. It would appear to be Airedale sturdy :D

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  9. Those sound great! I do love front clip harnesses so I'm thrilled it includes that. I'll have to look at them at my local shop!

  10. OMD, now Ma wants THIS harness for me too!!! We got the other one and it really seems to work well...Ma likes the padding. Butts, she likes this one too! Great, now i'm gonna be one of those doggies with 87 different harnesses! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  11. I wonder how they would fit on a larger dog? I've been looking for an easy on/off agility harness for Harlow.

    Monty and Harlow

  12. Hi Amanda,
    I was wondering if you'd recommend the webmaster or this harness for everyday use? I have two dachshund boys and they wear K9 harnesses, but these look way cooler! Now I don't know what to choose. My only concern is the chest piece in combination with a pretty prominent sternum….. But I can always try :) Thanks!!!


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