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Ruff Wear Omnijore Joring System review - Page 2
Written by Karuna Eberl, Mark Palmer   
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But Loki didn't care about any of that. He was too busy striking up what was to become a long-lasting love affair with the harness. Maybe because the streamlined design makes him feel handsome, or the five-way adjustable straps are super comfortable, or having a vest on makes him feel relevant, whatever it is, one thing is sure — there is no getting it off of him. Try to remove it, he starts whining. So he wears it around most days and sleeps on top of it most nights.

Overall, the rest of Omnijore system seems well designed, though the quick release on the hip belt could use more thought. The rings are tight against the webbing and could bind under pressure, and the quick release should be on both sides for assured release when your dog takes off after a critter. Also, the towline attaches to the harness with a thick, metal clip, but thinner plastic would make more sense, so it has some chance of breaking off if the dog disappears into the wilderness and gets his line wrapped around a rock.

Ruffwear LogoI say "seems" well designed, because we haven't exactly been able to put it to the test. While Loki seems the type to want to run down a snowy trail, pulling and panting and loving it, he actually just likes the harness as an accessory. He has no interest in towing. When we put everything on, he just stares at me and then goes and checks his messages at the fire hydrant.

But if you have a dog that actually likes to run down a trail and pull, Ruff Wear's system would be a lot of fun, and a great new sport to enjoy together. (MSRP $149.95)

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Karuna Eberl

Karuna EberlDepending on the week, Karuna can be found producing feature films on fast-paced Hollywood movie sets, directing documentaries on the high seas or wandering the Colorado backcountry, exploring the serene mountains of her home state with her dogs, Sid and Loki.

Over the last decade she has written for dozens of publications including the High Country News, Denver Post and Rocky Mountain Sports Magazine. She has produced and managed a dozen features, with cast including Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta, Cybill Shepherd and Steven Weber.

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