I was reading a review of Hurtta harnesses by ZoePhee, and they looked so lovely that I decided I'd finally have a go at buying that new harness I so desperately needed. And since I've never had a go at this whole reviewing thing, I thought I'd review them once they arrived.
And do you know what? It's hard.
I bought my Hurtta Outdoors Padded Y Harness and Hurtta Outdoors Reflective Leash on Friday afternoon, and by ten o'clock this morning they were here. And there was free postage - thanks, Active Hound!
I measured the largest (Teddy) and smallest (Jess) dogs and picked the size I thought would be most likely to fit both. As for colour, as pretty as the pink ones are, I wanted something that would suit all genders. Black (Raven for the harness, Granite for the lead) it was.
Teddy was the first to try the new harness.
LIKE: The stripes are very snazzy (and as a bonus, they're reflective as well). I like how sturdy both the lead and harness felt. I believe they'd stand a lot of abuse. The black rings and cleak are a nice touch. It's also fantastic that the bit that goes around the tummy is very adjustable - useful for me. The Y-shape means Teddy doesn't cough when the lead is attached.
DISLIKE: The aforementioned bit that goes around the tummy comes away from the harness completely. Um... why? I can't think of any practical reason for this. Another thing is that I couldn't for the life of me work out which way up the harness was supposed to go. As a result, the harness is... ahem... upside down in all of the photos. Oops.
Teddy did look very handsome with his new harness on. He jumped onto a wall as soon as I asked him to. (I seem to be reviewing the dog.)
Teddy kept the harness on as we left the field. He didn't step out of it. It fits him perfectly.
Jess can't be left out of things for long.
Jess is ao adorable. Such a sweet wee girl.
Oh. Reviewing the dogs again...
The Hurtta logo is on the harness in a few places.
Here is Jess wearing the harness and sniffing something very interesting next to the lead.
Understandably, the harness is a little looser on Jess, but she didn't step out of it. I wonder if it would fit better if it was on the right way up.
Another Hurrta logo.
The top/front/bottom/back of the harness. When Teddy was wearing it you couldn't see a thing, only fluff.
Jess is a brilliant model.
Hurtta Outdoors Padded Y Harness
★ ★ ★ ★ ¾
GOOD: Well made, looks brilliant, comfortable for my dogs, doesn't make me feel bad for spending £20 on it.
BAD: The bit around the tummy comes off.
Hurtta Outdoors Reflective Leash
★ ★ ★
GOOD: Strong, comfortable to hold, matches the harness well.
BAD: It's a bit overpriced at £17 for what it is, which is a lead. I would have spent £10-15 on this and not batted an eye.
I would buy another one of these harnesses in a heartbeat, and the same would go for the lead if it was £5 cheaper. I'm looking forward to getting a long life out of these things.
(And there you have it, my first product review. Hopefully it makes sense to someone!)