Joring is a loosely used term that generally describes a human being pulled by something, a dog, a horse or sometimes a motorized vehicle. In our world, joring defines dog-pulling activities and the result is always a fun time had by all.
Many dogs love to pull and giving our canine friends an outlet for this oft-time discouraged activity is a great way to get outside and cover some ground together. We are happy to indulge dogs and humans alike with our newly updated Fall/Winter 2015 version of Ruffwear’s Omnijore Joring System.
One of our goals in first introducing the Omnijore Joring System back in 2011 was to make the activity more accessible and easier to get into. With just one girth measurement from your dog, sizing is easy. Additionally, the components are all designed to work together, keeping it simple so you can focus on the fun, not the system.
In this latest design, we’ve kept all the great features of the original, while applying some improvements based on learning we’ve experienced in our years of dog harness development and testing.
Starting with the dog harness, during the redesign process, we discovered an opportunity to reduce materials and simplify the function, while improving the comfort for the dog wearing the harness. Borrowing a design profile from our popular Front Range™ Harness we created a new front chest panel and moved the adjusters towards the top of the harness. With the goal of making the harness more lightweight, we were able to remove the handle up top by discovering that the top side of the harness can be used as a handle itself. With less material overall and more structure in key places (like the chest), we’ve got a durable, streamlined pulling-specific dog harness that fits a wide range of dogs.
The towline has also been improved by adding Ruffwear’s shock-absorbing Wavelength™ webbing, the same ‘bungy’ webbing used in our Roamer™ Leash. The placement of the Wavelength webbing along the length of the towline, closer to the human than the dog, is purposefully designed to minimize bounce. We heard from our joring fans that the length of the towline is important for competition, so we ensured the length is the standard international regulation length of 6.5 feet (2 m) relaxed and 8.75 feet (2.7 m) when stretched. The towline includes color-coded ends so you can quickly identify which end connects to the dog harness and which end connects to the human hipbelt. Easy!
Lastly, the human hipbelt has had a similar reduction in overall materials, making it more streamlined and less bulky. For example, we replaced the lining fabric in places with mesh material for breathability and a lighter-weight profile. The two side storage pockets have been updated with expandable gussets to fit more essentials. And, we made sure that the water bottle can be stored upside down in the water bottle holster so that bottles are less prone to freezing up at the spout when in sub-zero temperatures.
One of the cool features of the hipbelt that we kept in this new version is the tow bridle that allows for 180 degrees of tow direction for use in multiple joring activities. If you’re skijoring, you are following the dog in a straight-on position. Conversely, if you’re skateboarding, your body position is at an angle. Our tow bridle accommodates your body position behind the dog for comfortable, flexible towing action.
If you have multiple dogs and need two harnesses and two towlines, for example, we now offer all of the components individually. More dog power!
If you’ve got a dog that loves to run (and pull), check out the Omnijore Joring System from Ruffwear. The system is easy to use and opens up a whole new world of adventure whether you’re running behind your dog or schussing through the snow on Nordic skis, it’s time to get out there.