Friday, May 19, 2017

The Best Gear for ALL of Your Adventures! Giveaway!


It's that time of year again! Spring and Summer fun with dogs! 

 

Goodbye winter! Hello fun activities! No matter what you're choosing to do, whether you'll be hiking or maybe taking a new training class, I have a gear recommendation for you! Zoe and Phoenix absolutely love going on new adventures, hiking trips and exploring the great outdoors and we always have a blast testing out gear. We only share products that we completely believe in.

Hurtta is one of our favorite companies, they have been producing top notch dog gear for the last 20 years! They offer a variety of different items from amazing dog coats to cooling coats, boots, life jackets, harnesses, leashes, collars. You name it and Hurtta probably has it. One of my favorite things about Hurtta as a company is that they are constantly testing and improving the quality of their products.

When we go on our outdoor adventures or training classes with Zoe and Phoenix, the first thing I always pack is their harnesses. I prefer training and walking my dogs with their leashes attached to a harness and I feel that harnesses are the best way to keep dogs safe in the outdoors or challenging conditions. 

Phoenix practicing "Treibball" wearing her Y2 Harness and a long line for safety!

Attaching a leash to the collar could be harmful to a dog's neck if they were to see something and suddenly jerk on the leash, not to mention the added pressure on their necks can cause some dogs to become reactive or stressed. (For more information why you shouldn't attach a leash to your dog's collar, please see this article: "Is it harmful to attach a leash to your dog's neck?" by Emily Larlham)

We generally only use our collars for their tags, quick potty trips out in our yard or when we go on our off leash hikes, where the leash is only attached to the collar from the car right to the trail and then they are taken off the leash.





The Padded Y and Padded Y2 Harnesses are my favorite harnesses from the Hurtta line. These harnesses are great for walks, hikes and dog sports of all kinds! This harness is also great for dogs who may suffer from neck or back issues, if the dog happens to pull on the leash, the close-fitting harness distributes pressure evenly across the chest, preventing damage to the dog’s vertebrae and trachea. These harnesses are padded with neoprene, they are light weight and so comfortable for the dogs to wear. They do not cause any rubbing of the fur or skin. The harnesses are easy and quick to put on and my dogs have never had a problem adjusting to wearing them.

The Padded Y2 Harness is a little different from the original design, it has an O ring in the front and a longer strap on the back. I really like the updated design and I like that I could attach a leash to the front of the harness on the chest if I needed to. Both of these harness styles are excellent. The Y2 does run a little bigger than the original so if you're upgrading you might want to get one size smaller than the original Y that you had.

These harnesses have one point of adjustment so measuring carefully is important. The chest measurement is the most important one, from my experience.





The Active Harness is a great harness for any adventurous dog! This is my favorite one for hiking trips. This harness is sturdy, padded and has 4 points of adjustment. It's a little more heavier duty than the previous harnesses. The back has a handle that is comfortable to hold on to. I really love this harness and use it on narrow trails or when we go hiking where there might be sharp cliffs. It makes me feel like I'm keeping my dogs safe in those kinds of situations. I also like the added handle that I can hold on to when we pass other hikers. The handle is also useful for keeping dogs secure in vehicles.



The Padded Harness was our very first harness that we purchased from Hurtta. It was what started our obsession and deserves an honorable mention! I've had these harnesses for as long as I've had Zoe. So going on 6 years and the harnesses are still in excellent condition, despite all the adventures we've been on, all the mud dirt and times I've dropped them in the washing machine. This harness is different from the Y and Y2 as it does not have a strap that goes between the legs. The design on this one is for over the head and buckling behind the front legs. My dogs do seem to pull a bit more in this harness and it's a great harness for nosework or any sort of scent detection where it's okay for a dog to pull.



The Padded Collar is neoprene-padded, reflective and is comfortable in use and provides long-range visibility. If you would like to see us putting the padded collar through it's paces, check out our video of Phoenix swimming: https://youtu.be/oR0iNxrSXFo. The Hurtta Padded Collar is the only collar I trust them to wear and not get ruined when we go get muddy at the park or hitting the trails!



The Mountain Rope Leashes are comfortably and soft to hold in your hand. They are highly durable and resembling climbing ropes in structure and materials. Hurtta recently updated their leads, replacing the mental with aluminium, which is highly durable, stainless and extremely light. Rope leashes are my favorite kind to use and I love these!


All of the harnesses, padded collars and rope leads have 3M reflectors that help keep you safe in low light conditions. All of the gear from Hurtta is machine washable. I would recommend using a garment bag and a gentle cycle. Don't dry the gear in a machine, air dry only.





We absolutely love our gear from Hurtta! Everything we've ever gotten has lasted for years. Hurtta is a fabulous company and wonderful to work with. I highly recommend checking them out and giving their gear a try!


Happy Spring everyone! What sort of adventures will you be going on this year with your dogs?


ZoePhee received products from Hurtta in exchange for our honest thoughts and opinions. All opinions are my own. We were not monetarily compensated.



We are partnering with Hurtta and Major Dog to give one of our readers a chance to win a prize pack worth up to $100! One (1) lucky winner will receive the Harness of their choice, a Padded Collar and a Mountain Rope Leash from Hurtta and a Tiger Toy from Major Dog. The giveaway is open to USA and Canadian (excluding Quebec), age 18 years or older. Please follow the directions on the giveaway widget to enter. The winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to reply before I choose someone else. Good luck everyone!

42 comments:

  1. What a nice in depth review. Thanks for sharing your experience with Hurrta's products. I can't seem to find any local stores that sell their products, or we would be decked out in their gear too!

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  2. Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway! Our puppy is a corgi who loves hiking and walking (read: running). With all of the back problems that a lot of corgi dogs develop, it would be so great for her to receive the Padded Y2 Harness! It sounds like a harness with lots of support that will let her adventure without fear!

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  3. Jennifer HolidayMay 19, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    We love hiking and we do about 6 miles a day. If we won this contest these items would definitely be coming with us on our hikes. Including the tiger because both dogs like to cuddle up with a good toy after a good hike.

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  4. Love their Collars �� Used for year!

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  5. We love these!! They would be great for all our hiking, walks, and beach trips this summer.

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  6. Steph R. & KoraMay 19, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    I've been struggling to find a harness that fits my dog Kora well, all of the other adventure harnesses don't fit her chest tight enough, and chafes her. I've been looking at hurtta's padded harness thinking that it could solve our problems. We love to go on runs and hikes together and regularly go camping. She has also recently been diagnosed with heartworms and will need to be leashed more to make sure she doesn't exert herself. Plus once she's back to full health we'll be hitting trails and or runs nearly every day!

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  7. Lizzie and PandaMay 19, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Panda and I go on adventures all the time! From trail running in Massachusetts to paddle boarding in Florida, we are a great team! We tend to wear and tear our gear and we are looking for a durable harness for Panda that could keep up with us! Maybe this is it!!

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  8. Sylvia HildebrandMay 19, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    We love hiking in the Canadian Rockies! These products would be amazing in the terrain we encounter. I would be most excited to win the Hurtta active harness because it would be perfect for my Chinese Crested on hikes where I need to lift her over obstacles that are too big for her to climb over safely.

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  9. these are beautiful! we love doing hikes when the weather is nice!
    would love to try that harness...it's so hard finding one she doesn't mind wearing.

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  10. Kenji loves going for hikes rather than going to the dog park.

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  11. Interesting and infomative blog, I really need the active harness for Kai now :)

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  12. Would love these for my pups

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  13. We love to go on hikes and to the beach with our 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I would be most excited about the harnesses.

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  14. Shannon and DakotaMay 19, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Those look like awesome harnesses. Would love to use them hiking with my dog.

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  15. I love taking my 4 month-old puppy, Miss Poppy, on hikes! Although she's still learning how to walk efficiently on a leash, she's certainly improving! We would be thrilled to win the harness and leash!

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  16. I have two dogs, Jax and Echo - Jax is an old man now almost 11 so he enjoys more leisurely strolls around the park. Echo is a two year old wild child and loves anything she can climb on! We love to go out to the mountains or forest to let her run! A new harness and leash that can hold up to her wild adventures would be awesome! -Krista E.

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  17. We love going on hikes and playing fetch! I would be most excited to win the padded Y2 Harness

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  18. We love hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains! The padded harnesses would be perfect for grabbing when the dogs get too close to the cliff edges! We all love the views of the ocean but the dogs just want to jump in! Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  19. Would love to win one of these comfortable harnesses for my boxer - he has a standard nylon step in harness but it rubs his chest but it is hard to find anything else that fits him any better! The leashes look durable and are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win this gear!

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  20. Great gear and great giveaway! Definitely useful for the walks, geocaching, and sports my guys do!

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  21. We are avid hikers and adventurers! I love the look of the active harness and the fact that it has a handle is so useful for times when I have to help my pup up on difficult areas of the trail! It looks durable enough to handle all the wet Oregon weather and mud but soft enough not to rub any areas raw! Gotta say I'm loving the pink too!
    -K&K

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  22. Maverick & I love hiking and smelling all the smells! Maverick and I are most excited for the rope lead and the harness from Hurtta because we love quality products!!

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  23. I would love this so much!!! I love going hiking with my pup and she is so active she goes through a lot of harnesses! I am a college student so it's hard for me to afford stuff like this, me and my pup would love this so much!! You can check her out on my photography instagram account @woaahh_look

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  24. Wonderful review! My Siberian Husky Captain and I would love to receive the harness! He's getting big so our hikes are becoming more exciting to him and he needs a little more support and security.

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  25. I love Hurtta too! I love the padded collar and active harness but haven't tried any others yet.

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  26. Our favorite summer activity is kayaking. I'm most excited about the y harness as I have had a very hard time finding a harness that fits well and functions properly.

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  27. Hiking and fetch. The harness and rope lead will be nice to have for our adventures.

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  28. we love long walks, excited to try the harness!

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  29. Our family loves hiking and doing fishing trips with our dog ofc! We have our own cottage in Lapland so we travel alot of these days and would love to keep our senior kleinspitz girl happy. She loves harnesses but we don't own anatomically suited and fitting harness for her right now so the padded Y harness would be so so great.

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  30. Daisy and TaylorMay 20, 2017 at 6:27 AM

    Daisy is a bichon mix that loves the outdoors like no other lap dog! She's big into hiking, climbing, swimming and all sorts of other outdoor adventures. I'd love to have a new harness and leash for our future outings, and she'll be beyond excited for a new toy to play with on rainy days where we can't go outdoors to play. Great giveaway!

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  31. We love hiking camping and backpacking! I'd be most excited to see how the y-harness works with my dog's super sensitive throat.

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  32. This is a wonderful giveaway!

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  33. I forgot to say that my favorite outdoor activity with my dog is mountain biking, and I would love a padded collar from the giveaway!

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  34. Our favorite activity is probably a toss up between hiking and SUP, when talking about outdoor stuff. We hike a lot more often, but taking out the paddleboard is awesome, if a bit more work.

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  35. I have three crazy, rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds who love to pull during walks. I really love taking them for long walks, though, and of course, playing in our own yard. I'm especially excited about the harness in the giveaway, since with hounds, you are really not supposed to walk them using collars (they love to pull and it can choke them). I also hope the harness will help stop their pulling.

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  36. Love the pretty look of the harness/collar/leash. We aren't in need of anything so won't enter, but they sound great!

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  37. We love swimming! Looking forward to trying out new areas to swim at our local park. Would love to have the Y
    harness,haven't had much luck with the styles that go under the chest. Perhaps it was the brand

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  38. OMD, I looooves takin' walkies and goin' to MY park, and I SO need a new collar! BOL
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  39. Joey M. (and Prince)May 25, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    What amazing information you have here!! I love reading other people's reviews on dog apparel :) you were so informative and discribed each item with such detail! We have always wanted the active harness from Hurtta! It's always been one of my faves :) Thank you so much for hosting this and providing us with your info on all of these! :)

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  40. Joey M. (and Prince)May 25, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    I have already commented, but I forgot to tell you our favourite activity; it would probably be swimming. Prince would live in the water if I let him! A good long walk, and a nice swim to end the day :)

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