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Ratings & Reviews
Not very shock-absorbing
The belt and pockets are nice - comfortable, sturdy, usable. The water bottle is awkward. But the part that killed it for me (and I use a waist leash system with shock absorbing leash every time I go out with my one dog) was the "shock-absorbing, Ridgeline" leash portion. It is WAY too weak for a large dog (60 lbs). She only pulls when she sees a squirrel, but this leash absorbs almost none of the impact. I have other leashes than handle shock WAY better. This was disappointing, as I love the Ruffwear harnesses.
Love the Trail Runner System
We love the Trail Runner System which we use with the Front Range Harness and it's perfect. I purchased mainly for running - but I find I like to use it for most of our walks because it's so nice to be hands-free. My pup has a strong prey drive and I was a little concerned that if he pulled I could be pulled down, but honestly, I have more strength and balance using this system than a standard leash and I am better able to stop him when he pulls. In fact, I liked that so much that I gifted one to my sister who's dog is over 80lbs and pulls so much I was afraid of shoulder dislocation! The bungee leash is very nice for running - I think my pup gets feedback from the leash and knows how much he can pull as he always stays a perfect distance in front/beside me. The belt is light and comfortable even for use on hot days. I don't use the water bottle and would prefer an option that does not have the water bottle holder - but it's not a deal breaker. The pockets are good size for storage and phone/keys/treats all stay secure. The system is well-built and is holding up well with a lot of use!
I really wanted to like this...
I like the overall design of this system. It is comfortable, even on long runs and the strap that holds the leash works great! However, it is a little difficult to get the waistband tight and it doesn't stay tight and the water bottle bounced out right away. The water bottle holder is useless without a keeper over the top of the bottle to keep it from bouncing out. If you could only get the water bottle to stay in this would be so much better!
Trail Runner System
Overall, I love the trail runner system! I was worried about the bungee system being too crazy for my active border collie but it's perfect. It allows him to be appropriately ahead of me while we are running or have the option of being right by my side. I love being hands free!!! It's such a game changer. The only down fall is that that the carabiner clip is smaller than my current leash so it doesn't fit over both of the "D rings" on our KONG harness, it only can close over one of them. We had to order another harness which isn't the end of the world but it'll be another 7-10 days before we can use the system properly. Once we have all of the components, it'll be a 5 star. Highly recommend!
I was so excited to use this system and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to run with their fur baby