We’ve saved the best for last in this month-long sneak peek-a-thon. The future of dog-pulling adventures is here. Ruff Wear has spent the last few years developing a complete “joring” system and we’re happy to announce that it’s ready for your next outdoor adventure!

Omnijore Joring System - Human-End Sneak Peek
Omnijore Joring System - Dog-End Sneak Peek

The Omnijore Joring System is built for any and all dog-pulling adventures…we can’t wait to hear where your dog will pull you! Coming to ruffwear.com on September 30, 2011.

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  1. How do you go about teaching your dog to run ahead and pull? (or are some dogs just naturally inclined to do it?)

    Also, is there any reason you couldn’t use the harness and pull cable to attach to a pulk equipment sled for backcountry snow camping? Then the dog could pull his gear rather than carrying it in a backpack.

    1. Hi Matt – our experience with our dogs has shown that most dogs don’t need much instruction, they pick up on it pretty quickly. One trick that we learned was to have a person or another dog running ahead to encourage the pulling dog to simply run forward. Once the dog gets going, they seem to intuitively follow the trail and keep running in front. I have a black lab who had never skijored before and he got it in no time. Once we were underway, I just had to verbally encourage him to “go on” and he settled into a nice pace of running in front of me. You might find, as I did, that the pulling action isn’t constant. You’ll both find a speed where you’re skiing and the dog is running at a similar pace and the towline is taut, but the dog is not physically pulling you. It’s great fun!

      Regarding the equipment sled, our system has been specifically designed for a human/dog set-up. When a human is attached to the towline, there is give and take and mutual “pulling” going on. This allows the human to monitor the dog’s condition and ability while interacting together. We wouldn’t recommend using any part of Ruff Wear’s Omnijore System to pull anything other than a human. It could be harmful to the dog.

      Have fun out there!

  2. My Husky/Malamute mix has been howling for this! He will be first in line to get one:) By the way…he loves every piece of Ruffwear he owns, keep up the amazing work.

  3. thanks for the glitch in the site, i got to check out all the info! anyways sad to hear its sold all together, wanted just the belt. i have custom lines and Xback harness, as well as not a great belt from 2 dog sledding sites. will have to check this out at a store, when will they be in store?

    1. Hi Jennifer – they will likely start hitting stores in the next week. If you would like to contact our Customer Service team, we might be able to find a store in your area that will be carrying the Omnijore Joring System. You can email support@ruffwear.com. Thanks!

    1. Hi there – the small Omnijore Dog Harness fits dog girths sizes of 21-30″ (53-76 cm). There are some small dogs we know that love joring, but we’re not sure if that includes weiner dogs! Thanks for your question!

  4. Can you use the pieces separately, if you wanted to? Can you buy the pieces separately?

    The harness on the dog looks like it needs more work. It looks like you are modeling it after the X back harness, which is not a good harness to use for cani cross/joring. Would have to see a better photo to know for sure. Check out the long distance harness.

    This is something I would like to get into doing with my dog, so I would keep this in mind.

    1. Hi Kris – the system will be sold as a set of the three components. The hipbelt, towline and harness are all designed to work together so it’s a complete integrated system.

      The dog harness, in particular, has been in development for over two years. We did extensive research on the dog pulling motion as it relates to harness structure. We had experienced jorers test our system and provide feedback throughout the development process to ensure our design was functional and sound.

      Stay tuned for complete information coming on Friday, Sept 30th at http://www.ruffwear.com.

  5. I am only just about to embark on the joys of joring… I DEFINITELY want one. I am starting out with biking, but would love to move to scooters. I have a Great Dane. What will the price be?

    Minnie, South Africa

    1. Hi Minnie – all of the info, including the price, will be available on our website starting Friday, Sept 30th. Thanks for your question!

  6. This looks a lot more comfortable on the human end than our current setup of the roamer leash attached to the knot-a-coupler attached to the webmaster harness 🙂 Can’t wait!

    1. Thanks Kira – we spent a lot of design time on this entire system, ensuring the comfort and useability for both the human and the dog. The human hipbelt is quite comfortable and the leg loops really keep the belt in place so that it doesn’t ride up over time.

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