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- When strength-rated safety is a requirement, reach for the DoubleBack Harness.
- Strength-rated to 2,000lbf or 8.9kN.
- Four strength-rated, anodized aluminum lace-back buckles.
- Strength-rated webbing throughout.
- Strength-rated, adjustable martingale for a customized fit.
- Padded belly support, adjustable frame, and leg loops for steady weight dispersion.
- Leg loops tuck away for increased mobility during approach.
- FIT TIPS: The harness should have an all-around snug fit to prevent movement or shifting of the harness. There are five points of adjustment on the harness to allow for ample fine tuning of the fit: three at the chest, one at the girth, and one at the belly.
- Dog Girth:
XS - 17"-24"/43-61 cm.
S - 24"-29"/61-74 cm.
M - 29"-34"/74-86 cm.
L - 34"-42"/86-107 cm.
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While trying to give her dog Moqui a drink, Liz emptied half of her water bottle into a plastic bag and held it while the Rhodesian Ridgeback took a few slurps. Moqui then walked away panting, and Liz was left holding the bag—she couldn't set it down without losing the water and she didn't want to dump what was left back into her water bottle. "You need to do something about this," Liz said, challenging Patrick to develop a solution.
Patrick Kruse was the right person to ask. As a kid he constructed packs for his dog out of army surplus gas mask bags, using them on backpack trips in Northern California's Trinity Alps. As a young adult, he sailed for several years as crew on charter boats in the Caribbean and Central America where being resourceful was a necessity. Patrick's interest in kayaking lead him to start Salamander Paddle Gear acquainting him with numerous technical fabrics. With this unique mix of knowledge and experience Patrick developed The Quencher™, the original collapsible food and water bowl for dogs—and the solution to Liz and Moqui's drinking problem.
In 1994, after 16 months of research and development and product testing, Ruff Wear made its enthusiastically welcomed debut at an Outdoor Retailer trade show with The Quencher™. Since, it has won praise from thirsty dogs and been in a range of publications. "They were impressed with the simplicity, quality and function of The Quencher™ and wanted to see what other solutions we could come up with," Patrick says.
Ruff Wear now offers a full line of innovative performance dog gear. In addition to collapsible bowls, the company produces a full line of dog-related equipment designed to enhance the interaction between humans and dogs. A brief listing of gear includes dog packs, dog boots, dog harnesses, dog coats, and dog life jackets.
"We want to enhance the experience of all dogs and their two legged companions," Patrick says. Besides those who are active with their pets, trainers, working dogs, Search and Rescue teams, Canine Companions and Guide Dog Users all have become Ruff Wear supporters and each present specific challenges in product development. "My needs pale in comparison to those who depend on their dogs for assistance," he says. "The specific tasks and companionship dogs provide is really incredible. It puts a smile on my face when people appreciate the simple design approach that we build into our gear to address complex tasks."
"We’ve always been oriented toward products that will enhance and assist the interaction between dogs and humans. And that has always been and will continue to be our motivation."
Ruffwear Doubleback™ Harness
This is an excellent product. It is manufactured very well from quality materials and will perform as the manufacturer claims. Fitting a harness to an animal's body is much more difficult than a human. Be careful if your animal fits an in-between size. The medium would not fit my German Shepherd and I had to go to the next larger size, even though the manufacturer's measurements said it would fit. Not because the harness itself was not as the manufacturer claimed, but because my dog has a very muscular chest and was not typical as to the sizing chart. The securing straps for the front were too short to give me the confidence of the fit when doubled back. My intended use for this product was to enable my dog to accompany me on climbing trips where the safety of a rated harness was required. Overall, I was more than pleased with the quality of the harness and will be confidant in it when it is used. My recommendation is to go to the next size when your animal falls near the limits of the manufacturer's sizing chart. This is a great harness and worth every penny of your hard earned dollars. I've climbed for 35+ years and from experience, this is the best pet product for a safety harness manufactured to date.
- Willi - customer
- from Texas
- February 29, 2012
We use this for serious hiking with a hyper German Shepherd as well as attaching him to a truck bed "doggy seat belt". I have never tried the leg straps on him - not really needed for us. Works great most of the time but does have a tendency to spin on his body if I don't get the straps really tight. The leg straps might stop the spin if used. Best product I've found if you are trying to secure your dog!
- Anonymous - customer
- from Texas
- March 7, 2012
Really quality harness. Great for climbing, canyoneering, etc. Others mentioned the inconvenience of the buckles but this is intended as a climbing harness and quickclips would not be practical for safety reasons. We altered ours without compromising the integrity of the harness (so as not to have to buy two different harnesses). By adding a small piece of flat webbing threaded through the buckle side with 1/2 of a quick clip and threading the other 1/2 of the quick clip through the existing webbing on the harness, we were able to rig it for quick on/off use but can easily remove our modifications for actual climbing purposes.
- Anonymous - customer
- May 18, 2013
I bought this harness for my Siberian Husky, who has had spine, hip, knee surgery and isn't steady going up or down stairs. Although made for climbing with your dog, I wanted to try it out to see if it would work to use helping him. I would NOT recommend this harness for an assist harness, and would not use the back leg straps on dogs with hip dyspepsia. I would recommend buying the Ruffwear Web Master harness for assisting disabled dogs, it is much easier to put on and take off, and has sufficient support, stability. My husky Sam loves the Ruffwear Webmaster, and seemed much more comfortable wearing that than this harness.
I'd also recommend: Ruffwear Web Master Harness
- Penny B - customer
- from Baltimore, Maryland
- August 16, 2012
Purchased this to hoist our 85lb 10 month old Lab from out sailboat cockpit down to a waiting dinghy; the step down to our swim platform is small and the angle is steep. The first attempt will wait for next Spring. We tried both the Medium and the Large and settled on the Large. The actual process of putting this on is more difficult with an uncooperative dog (unlike the one in the video). Once it is on, he stopped complaining and was comfortable. We were surprised to find that the rear leg straps are for lifting only and do not stay on/up while the dog is walking, so they have to be put on and stowed away with each lift. It is the best supporting harness for our needs, but until we accomplish that first hoist, we won't know if it is the easiest solution to getting down into the "potty wagon."
- Anonymous - customer
- from Annapolis, MD
- October 17, 2012