Ruffwear Front Range Harness Review

Today’s post will be a review on the Ruffwear Front Range harness that I purchased recently from Benny the Dog.

I’ve been looking to get Bonnie a new harness for some time now as I wanted to try a front attaching harness to help with some pulling issues while on walks. There was a quite a range of front attaching harness’ but most of them cut across the chest and shoulders which I didn’t like as it would affect her gait and she wouldn’t be able to walk or run as naturally.This is where the Front Range harness is quite unique as it’s a front attaching harness which doesn’t cut across the chest but instead allows free movement around the shoulders.

The harness itself is made out of really sturdy material and I definitely feel paying extra was worth it for the brilliant quality and design. It has four points of adjustment – two on either side of the neck and two on either side of the chest – which makes it really easy to adjust to your dog’s body. There are two buckles for around the chest and the harness goes on over the dogs head instead of the dog stepping into the harness. The chest straps are elasticated at the bottom which makes it more comfortable for the dog and easier to buckle them into it as well. As Bonnie is long haired I really like that the buckles have padding underneath so I’m less likely to catch some of her hair when buckling her up.
Pictures showing the front and back of the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pink

The harness also has some pretty cool safety features. It has a label on the inside where you can write the dog’s name and a contact number. It also has a velcro pouch on the top side of the harness where you can attach a tag onto an elasticated band. The velcro is strong enough that it wouldn’t open during normal activities and I’ll definitely be ordering an extra tag to attach onto this just in case of an emergency. Also there is reflective piping on the back and chest which will be great for the dark nights in the winter months.
Pictures showing the inside identification label and the identitifaction dog tag holder in the velcro pocket on the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pink

There are two attachments for leads – one on the chest and one on the back. The back attachment is a really light but sturdy metal ring. The front attachment is reinforced webbing – initially I was a bit worried by how sturdy this would be, as I had only seen this online, but I had nothing to worry about as it’s super tough and rigid and should stand up to daily wear and tear. The only potential issue with the front attachment is that it is quite thick so depending on the clip of your leash it may not fit around it. I use the Hurrta training rope leash(reviewed here) which clips around it but it is a snug fit.
Pictures showing the front reinforced webbing lead attachement point and the back metal d ring lead attachement point on the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pinkOverall I’m super impressed by the design and quality of the harness and would have no problem recommending it to others. I haven’t had it long enough yet to see if it has made an overall improvement in Bonnie’s walking but even if it doesn’t I’m still happy I purchased this as Bonnie is super comfortable in it and I can see it lasting years of walks and adventures!

Bonnie the border collie wearing the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in size small in the colour pink, showing off the reflective piping of the harness

Bonnie loves her new harness but I think she might need some practice posing for the camera!


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7 thoughts on “Ruffwear Front Range Harness Review

  1. We bought Kasper, our BC x ESS, the Ruffwear Front Range harness at the end of January. He has worn it on almost every walk, and often wears it in the house too. It’s held up *really* well, and Kasper finds it very comfortable.

    Bonnie looks super cute in the pink one! I wanted to get Zoey, our Staffy, a pink Ruffwear harness…unfortunately she is scared of harnesses so getting her into a new one would be traumatic. Boo!

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    1. Yea Ruffwear gear is great, we got the palisades backpack that has the webmaster harness underneath which we’ve been loving, we’re working our way up to proper hikes as the backpack seems to wear Bonnie out pretty quickly so need to build up our endurance 🙂

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  2. Are you still happy with the Ruffwear Front Range Harness? I lokks like, it’s a size S, you bought? How does that fit Bonnie? I’m thinking of buying this harness for my dog. He is a cross between a BorderCollie and a Samoyed, so he is a bit bigger than a Border Collie, and I’m a bit in doubt, whether he needs a size S or M.

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    1. Hi there, Bonnie still wears the front range harness at least 3 times a week and all around I think it’s a great harness. It has held up very well and doesn’t have many signs of wear and it’s been through mud, salt water etc. Because it takes a bit of time to dry when it’s wet we like to have other harnesses that we can use in the mean time.
      Only one downside to the harness is that it sits a bit close behind her legs but I guess that just depends on the shape of the dog. Although I have had no issue some people have encountered faults with the metal leash attachment point wearing away at the webbing holding it in so that is also something to be aware of and keep an eye out in case you get a faulty one, they should provide a replacement I would imagine.
      We have the small one but you may need the medium as Bonnie’s chest is anywhere between 58-66cm depending on her weight and there is not much room left to adjust in the chest straps it could maybe be extended to 70cm at most. Hope this helps and if you want any more accurate sizing of the chest and neck hole of the small harness let me know and I will measure the smallest and largest setting if you would like 🙂

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