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  • Comfortable, everyday dog harness with zippered side pockets - to carry small essentials!
  • Two leash attachment points - 1 x on the back & 1 x on the chest (great for redirecting your dog during training!)
  • Low profile back handle - to assist your dog over obstacles

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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. 

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** Limited sizes left


Measure around your the widest part of your dog's girth/chest, and then compare to the chart below.  The harness should be tight enough not to shift but loose enough to fit a finger under the straps.

In-between sizes & a stable weight? Ruffwear recommend sizing up

Size Girth/Chest Capacity/Weight
XS 43-56cm (17-22") 1.7L (weighs 317g)
S 56-69cm (22-27") 3L (weighs 408g)
M 69-81cm (27-32") 4.3L (weighs 453g)
L/XL 81-107cm (32-42") 7.5L (weighs 544g)
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Key Features:

    • Two leash attachment points - 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
    • 5 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) for additional safety
    • ** Small & Large Grey are now sold out
    • Check out the video below that goes into more detail about the great features


    • Hand wash
    • Mild detergent
    • Air dry


    • 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

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 8 reviews
    Maddi S.
    Great product, amazing customer service

    The harness I bought was out of stock, got an email almost immediately notifying me of how long it would take to get back in stock, and asking if I would like a different colour so as not to wait. Also asked for more specific measurements of my dog to make sure I had the right size. I went a size up from what was recommended by weight as he has a big chest. All emails were very helpful and kind. Arrived quicker than expected. Fit as well as any harness I’ve bought in person. Slightly too big in the head/neck hole, but that is an issue I have with everything single harness as my dog is a weird fit. Even with that it fits great, looks great, and works great. Have not had the chance to test on a full day hike. But so far it’s a great product :)

    Kat B.
    My fave purchase of 2023!

    This harness is awesome. I love being able to go on a run with my girl and she can carry her own ball , a spare leash, and her own poop bags! My only wish is that there was more adjustability on the front straps on the Large and a quick release buckle as my girl doesnt love over the head harnesses. But overall 10/10 would recommend :)

    Stella L.
    Great design overall

    Good size pockets even for xs. I can put Hazel’s poop bag, my cards and keys into it. Love the holder. I like it allows plenty of room for my puppy to grow. The only downside is the very front session (shoulder area) does not have enough room to be tightened up for my small whippet’s narrow body. This is very different from other models. Hazel got her front leg stuck through that gap for a few times. Cannot recommend to Italian greyhound owners until there is a smaller size.

    Patricia B.

    NEW! Switchbak Dog Harness - Everyday Use, With Pockets

    Jane C.
    Switchback Harness is brilliant

    Using the harness on my 3 year old super boisterous male boxer. It has enough room to carry my mobile & plenty of dog bags, with room to spare. Walking has now become enjoyable & much easier, as the front attachment is training him not to pull & spins him around to face me. Loving this product, love the bright, vibrant blue colour, so easy to put on, can't recommend it enough.

    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.

    Annie H.
    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.

    Rebecca M.

    I brought this harness as it was meant to be suitable for day trips...the harness is great but the pockets are next to useless. They don't carry much of anything that you would need for long day hikes...can carry a few treats and a very small collapsible water bowl..but you can't put any sort of water bottle in it..not even a handbag bottle, can't put dogs sunscreen in it. Yes you can use it to carry your phone and keys if you just doing local trip. But will use it as a everyday harness.