dog rappelling harness

The Best Top 3 Dog Rappelling Harnesses Overview

Dogs really are ‘man’s best friend’, more so now than ever.  Not only do we do we have dogs around us at home, who can be terrific family companions and help ease anxiety and PTSD related symptoms, but service dogs have proven to be helpful in a variety of different areas, from sniffing out contraband, locating a missing person via a scent trail, taking down criminals and guarding our homes.

What does this mean? In a nutshell, we are now taking our beloved k9’s everywhere we go.

Dogs love the outdoors, and nature-people have definitely made huge strides to take their dogs with them every step of the way, so they can both engage and enjoy the time spent together outside. Believe it or not, climbers and thrill-seekers are right in that list!

There’s a special bond you achieve when you and your furry companion can scale a mountain beside each other, then take a well-deserved drink when you reach the top, and climbers are very aware of that bond when climbing or rappelling with their dog. So aware, in fact, that there are now specifically designed dog rappelling harnesses for your climber companion, allowing you to fret not, and include your four-legged buddy on your next climb.

With a slew of different dog rappelling harnesses out on the market, we’ve rounded out the top three available right now, and from that top three, we picked our favorite as well.

Continue reading below for our top 3 list, as well as the ‘whys’ behind our picks. Hopefully, this will help you to bring home your perfect dog rappelling harness, and get out in nature that much quicker with your best four-legged friend.

1. Icefang Tactical Dog Harness

Best For...
Budget conscious climbers and small to very large dogs.

Let’s kick this off with our first, best-priced dog rappelling harness, the Icefang Tactical Dog Harness.

At just under $35.00, this well-sewn, securely created dog rappelling harness is perfect for getting your feet wet in all things Fido suspension. Don’t let that fool you though, lots of beginner purchasers end up revisiting the Icefang Tactical Dog Harness for each addition to the family, and even for additional (fashionable) colors.

Sizing

The Icefang Tactical Dog Harness fits up to 6 different dog sizes, ranging from an XS version (think small dog breeds like Fox terriers, some larger chihuahuas, even a fat cat could fit this), all the way up to XXL versions (like that of a German shepherd, a Great Dane, Golden Retriever, etc).

A convenient sizing guide from Icefang below makes it easy to find the perfect fit for your dog without having to take him into a store and fight with him to try on vest after vest.

Icefang dog rappelling harness size guide
Icefang dog rappelling harness size guide

Material

The vest of this dog rappelling harness is created with 1050D Nylon which is then treated in a water-resistant coating, along with mesh to ventilate the heat out, instead of trapping it in.  This allows your furry friend to be safe, and comfortable, without the worry of overheating during strenuous activity or hot days.

The material itself is soft and pliable, once on, it’s likely Rover won’t even notice it’s there. It comes equipped with strong Alloy hardware, proving it’s tough and resistant with a thousand-pound proof-load test. Going the extra mile with additional added stitching over standard stitching, ensuring that your pup is safe and secure while outfitted with the Icefang Tactical Dog Harness. Add to that, a great little ‘No-pull’ placement for your leash, so your dog isn’t pulling you all over the place, or allowing his excitement to get the better of him.

Adjustable Features

There are plenty of adjustable features which come in the form of 4 separate positions that include shoulder and belly. The free adjust works well to provide a tight yet comfortable fit for the harness. Owners with large breed dogs have noted how easy it was to adjust the fit in order to properly fit the contours of the dog’s body.

Overall, this piece really seals the deal on functionality, features, and overall look.

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ICEFANG Tactical Dog Harness with 2X Metal Buckle,Working Dog MOLLE Vest with Handle,No Pulling...
  • [2x METAL BUCKLE]: 2 x Metal Buckle (1000 lb Proof-Load Test ) on Dog Shoulder Position which the...
  • [CUSTOM- FIT]: No Rub As well as Escape-proof; Harness was designed by Putting 2 Individual...
  • [NO PULL/SAFETY CONTROL]: Connect leash to No pull front clip,redirect the dog forward motion and...
  • [HANDS FREE CARRYING ]:Two 1" Strips of Molle (Small: 3 x Hook & 2 x Loop ; Medium: 4 x Hook & 2 x...
  • [DOG IDENTIFIED]:Three 1" Strips of Hook and Loop Panel Sewn onto Both in the Formation of...

Why we love it:

  • Good sizing options for larger dogs
  • Designed to be water-resistant
  • Mesh sections to ventilate heat
  • Terrific price for your first dog climbing harness

3. Ruffwear Web Master Dog Rappelling Harness

Best For...
Climbers who have small to large dogs.

Coming in at just under a rounded $60.00 price tag, the Ruffwear Web Master Dog rappelling harness allows your dog to stay a little cooler if needed, while still allowing for full support and safety no matter what situation you’re in.

While this dog rappelling harness may seem a little dialled back from the robust Icefang Tactical Dog Harness we’ve just reviewed, don’t judge a dog rappelling harness by its material (or lack thereof).  While this dog harness is crafted to cover less real estate on your dog, it’s still crafted with durability and safety in mind.

Sizing

The Ruffwear Web Master comes in your 4 basic colors with ‘Blue Dusk’ and ‘Red Currant’ offering the only ‘flashy’ type of fashion.

This is a great dog rappelling harness if your dog is awkwardly sized or in-between sizing for most other things. This harness will get you the closest/most customizable fit, with added comfortability and safety measures in place to boot.

Ruffwear offers 5 sizes (from XX-Small to a varied Large-Xlarge sizing), again with a convenient sizing chart below to find that perfect fit.

It’s important to note that where Icefang recommends you size up if your pet is in between sizes, Ruffwear recommends that you size down. This is likely due to the 5 point adjustable areas within the vest, allowing you to stretch the harness a little further if needed.

Ruffwear dog rappelling harness size guide
Ruffwear dog rappelling harness size guide

Material

The Ruffwear Web Master is made out of durable high-quality materials. There is a padded chest and belly straps – in the event you do need to lift Spot, or otherwise transport him using the wearable harness – this allows him to feel safe, comfortable, and best of all – not panic (which is great, especially in serious situations). The material is thin yet durable and provides excellent support whilst also giving your dog the freedom of full motion.

Leash attachment points have been reinforced, so there’s no need to worry about an accidental faulty rip, or just completely losing control of your buddy due to some loose stitching (or otherwise!). This dog rappelling harness also comes with convenient reflective trimming in case you do find yourself out a little later than usual. Allowing you to find Rex, and others to see him too.

Adjustable Features

There are a total of 5 different adjustable points on the Ruffwear Web Master dog rappelling harness which allows you to get the best fit for your dog. They are fully customizable which means that your dog will feel incredibly comfortable. The fit is strong and secure, whilst also being easily adjustable.

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  • LIFT AND ASSIST: Made for maneuvering, the padded, reinforced handle is designed to safely and...
  • CUSTOMIZABLE FIT: 5 convenient points of adjustment for full range of motion; 2 sturdy leash...
  • BUILT TO LAST: Durable construction for a high-performance, lightweight feel; Resilient, rugged, and...
  • PADDED FOR COMFORT: Foam-padded straps provide lasting comfort without hindering movement;...

Why we love it:

  • Ideal for awkwardly sized dogs
  • Padded chest and belly straps
  • Reinforced leash and climbing attachment points
  • Reflective trimming so you can see your dog in low light or night conditions

3. Ruffwear Web Master Pro

Best For...
Climbers who regularly climb with their small to large dog.

We’d be doing an injustice to you, your four-legged companion, and every other pup out there if we mentioned the original Ruffwear Web Master, and then neglected the fancier Ruffwear Webmaster Pro version.

So rounding out the top three in our recommendations will be the Ruffwear Webmaster Pro.

Coming in just shy of $100, let’s visit why this dog rappelling harness is a great investment.

Sizing

The Ruffwear Web Master Pro comes with 4 different sizes ranging from XS to Large/Xlarge, sizing is as per the Ruffwear size guide you saw above. This harness also comes with an oversized handle allowing you to grab it even with thick gloved hands, as well as small side pockets for carrying a couple of small things if needed. All adjustable fixings are metal, ensuring that no plastic buckles or otherwise will shatter in cold weather or melt/bend in the heat. This is a dog rappelling harness that is fit for all weather conditions.

Material

The Ruffwear Webmaster Pro harness includes foam padded straps which provide superior comfort for your dog. The material is highly durable and easy to clean. It can be hand washed and air-dried. The low profile pockets are highly secure and easy to access.

Professional Quality

Where the Ruffwear Web Master dog rappelling harness set the bar, the Web Master Pro really ups that game.

While this dog harness maybe a little bit of overkill for some owners, this is a certified, professional dog rappelling harness for four-legged emergency responders.

Professional search and rescue teams rely on this very dog rappelling harness to help their k9’s on the job. Not only will this keep your pup safe during any kind of activity you may find yourself in, but the reflective details allow search and rescue teams (in low light/visibility etc) to easily locate any pup that has gotten lost on a trail, for example, ensuring they stay. You can be absolutely assured that this harness will allow you to see your pup in any visibility as well.

Adjustable Features

While the Ruffwear Web Master Pro does lose one adjustable feature (bumping this from a 5 point adjustable dog harness like the original Ruffwear Web Master to a 4 point adjustable dog harness) we don’t really see that as too much of a problem, due to the placement of the additional 4 points – still making this an extremely customizable sizing dog rappelling harness for your pup.

If you’re that overprotective owner, or you and Rex are always on the hunt, you may want to invest in the Ruffwear Web Master Pro today.

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  • PROFESSIONAL GRADE: Designed for professional avalanche and search and rescue teams; With reflective...
  • BUILT FOR THE ELEMENTS: Durable construction and sturdy, all-metal hardware stands up to the...
  • CUSTOMIZABLE FIT: 4 convenient points of adjustment for full range of motion; 2 sturdy leash...
  • LIFT AND ASSIST: Made for maneuvering, the reinforced handle is designed to safely help your dog...
  • COMFY AND CONVENIENT: Foam-padded straps provide lasting comfort without hindering movement; 2...

Why we love it:

  • Certified professional harness for your dog
  • Oversized handle making it easy to carry your dog
  • Side pockets so you can carry extra small items while mountaineering
  • Reflective trimming so you can see your dog in low light or night conditions

Our Choice For Best Dog Rappelling Harness

It will likely come as no surprise, but we’re going with the Ruffwear Webmaster Pro.

While all three dog rappelling harness are great, the Ruffwear Web Master Pro is a dog rappelling harness on its own, far surpassing the bar in safety, ingenuity, and usability.  If you’re often in a situation that’s a little more dangerous, or if you find yourself having to help your fellow paws out of situations, this is a magnificent choice.

RUFFWEAR, Web Master Pro Dog Harness, Search and Rescue, Service Dogs, Snowboarding, Skiing,...
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RUFFWEAR, Web Master Pro Dog Harness, Search and Rescue, Service Dogs, Snowboarding, Skiing,...
  • PROFESSIONAL GRADE: Designed for professional avalanche and search and rescue teams; With reflective...
  • BUILT FOR THE ELEMENTS: Durable construction and sturdy, all-metal hardware stands up to the...
  • CUSTOMIZABLE FIT: 4 convenient points of adjustment for full range of motion; 2 sturdy leash...
  • LIFT AND ASSIST: Made for maneuvering, the reinforced handle is designed to safely help your dog...
  • COMFY AND CONVENIENT: Foam-padded straps provide lasting comfort without hindering movement; 2...

Closing Thoughts

Sit with the features of each dog rappelling harness, think about the adventures you currently go on (or wish to in the future), and determine which features best match your activity level, your dog’s comfort, and your adventure. This will be able to guide you in what is the best dog rappelling harness for you and your four-legged friend.

These three dog rappelling harnesses reviewed above are great, and would have any dog feeling safe and secure while out in the elements!

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