NEW! 2021 Switchbak Dog Harness - Everyday Use, With Pockets

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Looking for an everyday dog harness that also has zippered side pockets to carry small essentials? Check out Ruffwear's NEW! Switchbak Harness!   It also has two leash attachment points - one on the back and another on the chest that can be used for training.

New for 2021!

The Switchbak Harness is a hybrid dog harness/dog backpack that is great for everyday use, day hikes or trail runs.  This padded harness has side, low-profile pockets for carrying everyday essentials such as treats, a leash, pick-up bags or a Quencher travel bowl.    It also features 2 leash attachment points including a V-ring centered on the back of the harness and a reinforced webbing loop on the chest that can be used alongside training techniques to help redirect a dog that is pulling. 

Pair up any Ruffwear leash to your harness order & SAVE 10% on the leash!     Use 'SETSAVE10' at checkout

Sizing

Available in 4 sizes, this harness fits similar to the Front Range Harness.  You want the harness to be tight enough that it doesn't shift but still loose enough to fit a couple fingers under straps.

Measure around your the widest part of your dog's girth/chest, and then compare to the chart below.  If your dog is in-between sizes and a stable weight, Ruffwear recommend sizing down.

Size Girth/Chest Capacity
XS 43-56cm (17-22") 1.7L
S 56-69cm (22-27") 3L
M 69-81cm (27-32") 4.3L
L/XL 81-107cm (32-42") 7.5L

Key Features:

    • Two leash attachment points - including an aluminum V-ring on the back for everyday walking. Plus a reinforced webbing loop on the chest that can be used to 'redirect' dog's that pull on the leash.
    • A low-profile back handle - so you can help 'lift' your dog over obstacles or up stairs/into the car
    • Two zippered pockets for small essentials - these lie flat on the harness for a streamlined fit when not in use.  But also have expansion pleats so they can be filled out with treats, spare lead, pick-up bags, a Quencher travel bowl, etc
    • Easy on-off - just unclip the side buckles and slip over your dog's head
    • Five adjustment points - for an optimal fit there is adjustment on the shoulder/neck, around the chest and around the belly
    • Foam padding - for extended wear comfort and a padded below strap
    • Reflective accents - for better visibility in low-light and a light loop to attach The Beacon light (sold separately)
    • Check out the video below that goes into more detail about the great features
    • Pair up any Ruffwear leash to your harness order & SAVE 10% on the leash!    Use 'SETSAVE10' at checkout


    Care

    • Hand wash
    • Mild detergent
    • Air dry

    Materials

    • Shell: 300 denier polyester ripstop (bluesign® approved)
    • Padding: Closed-cell foam
    • Lining: Polyester knit mesh
    • Webbing: 100% Polyester
    • Zipper: Reverse coil YKK #5
    • Chest Leash Connection: Engineered nylon webbing (bluesign® approved)
    • Buckles: ITW Nexus Mach 1 side-release buckles
    • Back Leash Connection: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum V-ring
    • Made in Vietnam

    Customer Reviews

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    What I was looking for

    I have a 50kg Swiss Shepherd... Who is much stronger than me. I originally had the singletrak harness/pack, I jimmed up front clip... As I Need it.
    Great... Love it, front clip works well.
    Fits what you need, water, bowl, poop bags, lead..
    Bag is small enough that Falkor will happily run, (will not run with Palisade pack only trot)
    Down sides...
    Check your dog size... I automatically assumed that as Falkor fitted the L/XL singletrak that he would fit this one... He did, but there wasn't much room at all to expand... Literally wouldn't fit him if I let him get fat... While the singletrak has a lot more room to grow,
    It basically has zero reflective bits... Just some of the front... If you have a fluffy dog... You will see their reflective eyes before you see the reflective strips... None on the sides.. just a small amount on the zip pully bits.
    It lacks the extra attachment point that the single track has at the rear... Also seems to be made of a less rugged material for the bags than the singletrak
    Still if I had to pick one I would pick this one... Over the palaisade/webmaster, single track, and flagline. Unless your dog is too small to carry their own water and poop.

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    Very happy

    Very bright red saddle bags arrived very quickly
    Really good fit for my 18-month old rottweiller girl. Easy to put on. Very smart. Very well made. Carries daily walk needs ie baggies and treats. Room for keys and extra leads if needed.
    I am happy that she is wearing a well fitted and comfortable product.

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    A comfortable and quality running or walking lead

    I have used many leads for running with my dogs and this one is excellent. It’s another quality Ruff Wear product that will be my go to running lead.

    The Beacon - Safety Light

    Harness for pleasurable dog walking

    These are the second lot for my schnoodle and mini-schnauzer. The schnoodle wore his out running through the scrub whilst the mini backed out of his and lost it in thick dunes at the beach! Beware dogs with large shoulders and small heads! Definitely fantastic harnesses.

    What I was looking for

    I have a 50kg Swiss Shepherd... Who is much stronger than me. I originally had the singletrak harness/pack, I jimmed up front clip... As I Need it.
    Great... Love it, front clip works well.
    Fits what you need, water, bowl, poop bags, lead..
    Bag is small enough that Falkor will happily run, (will not run with Palisade pack only trot)
    Down sides...
    Check your dog size... I automatically assumed that as Falkor fitted the L/XL singletrak that he would fit this one... He did, but there wasn't much room at all to expand... Literally wouldn't fit him if I let him get fat... While the singletrak has a lot more room to grow,
    It basically has zero reflective bits... Just some of the front... If you have a fluffy dog... You will see their reflective eyes before you see the reflective strips... None on the sides.. just a small amount on the zip pully bits.
    It lacks the extra attachment point that the single track has at the rear... Also seems to be made of a less rugged material for the bags than the singletrak
    Still if I had to pick one I would pick this one... Over the palaisade/webmaster, single track, and flagline. Unless your dog is too small to carry their own water and poop.

    Webmaster harness.

    Maggie wasn’t sure about the harness at first but seems to like it now. She is a 30+ kg greyhound and very energetic, we have had a few incidents where she has slipped her martingale collar so we decided to look at harnesses. Several in our group suggested this one. We also bushwalk and Maggie would love nothing better than to chase the foxes and kangaroos on our walks. We have much more control on her now.