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The Ruffwear Doubleback™ Harness is a strength-rated belay harness that opens up areas that were previously difficult for dogs to access, while providing an increased level of safety, comfort and convenience. The Doubleback Harness is designed to safely lift and lower dogs in exposed areas, and is strength-rated to 2,000 lbf or 8.9 kN.

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Measurement is around the widest part of the rib cage. If you need more help with sizing visit our Fit Guide.
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17-22 in (43-56 cm)
22-27 in ( 56-69 cm)
27-32 in (69-81 cm)
32-42 in (81-107 cm)

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Key Features

Additional Features

  • Main tie-in point provides easy rope attachment
  • Leg loops can be stowed for increased mobility during approach
  • Made in Vietnam

Care Instructions

  • Secure fasteners
  • Hand wash
  • Mild detergent
  • Air dry away from direct sunlight
  • Store in a dry, dark place
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean
  • Always check harness for damage before use

Trail Tested Promise

All of our products are rigorously field tested and we proudly guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

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Shelby F.
United States


Functionally, the harness is great no hot spots at all and fits true to size but I wish that the back leg loops had a bigger pocket because when they are stuffed in on the go the pocket doesn't sit right. The style of the harness is great, it looks comfortable and it keeps dirt and mud stains off. Protectively the harness is very secure but I wish that the use of the double back system was swapped for something more modern and easier to adjust on the dog, like the systems used on most climbing harnesses. I would also wish for metal attachment points that are weight rated versus the various webbing attachment points, though the webbing handle on the back is fantastic.

Clare K.
United Kingdom

Doubleback Harness

Excellent harness for taking your dog over rough or steep terrain. We were able to lift our dog up some steep rock faces and he was very comfortable in this harness during each lift. Worth every penny!


Thank you Clare! We are pleased you are a fan, Happy Trails!

Chad H.
United States

the snowshoeing was great

bought the harness for north lake tahoe snowshoe trip with my 80 lbs Long Coat GSD; worked great! We used it on a trail run as well. Hideaway leg straps are cool, only take 'em out when/if needed. Dual leash attachment points allows for the pups to lead (snowshoeing) or follow (trail); there could be additional reinforcement around these leash attachments, he pole stopped at the end of the trail run, and the "rip-stop"... well, it ripped a little; though we were full run when we chose opposite sides of the pole. Overall great harness!

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Karen H.
United States


This is a fabulous harness for a disabled dog. Bryodi has a weak back end and is very ataxic but with the harness, we can support him to roam a bit around the yard and take care of his business, without having to stoop over. Fits well and seems comfortable.

Warren F.
United States

One idea.

Instead of rings & straps, you might have bayonet type connectors, like on a back pack. They would be adjustable, & much faster then getting an excited dog to stand still while the handler tried to loop straps under the dog. Just a thought.

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