Non-stop Dogwear was founded in Norway only ten years ago, and today you can find their products in over 1,000 stores in 22 countries. We love their passion for designing the best-fitting dog harnesses to “release their potential,” as their slogan says. Their focus is on pulling harnesses and other types of equipment for skijoring, canicross, etc. but as today they also have a few harnesses more suited for everyday dog walks.
I usually don't like the harnesses without adjustable neck straps because there is a high chance that it will not fit your dog perfectly. I guess this is the reason why the Line harness comes in nine sizes with a fair amount of overlap between sizes - and it did fit Mia perfectly. I now see the advantage of not having buckles on the front straps: it distributes the weight of the dog evenly across the neck and it will be positioned on the dog as it was designed. The good thing with adjustability is that you can make the harness to fit almost any dog but it might not be positioned properly at the end because it just wasn't designed for that body type.
The material of the harness is padded but durable and it also has 3M reflective lines running around the edges. The outside material is waterproof so it is easier to clean and does not soak the water in. The harness has strong sewings and Hypalon patches to make it even stronger.
I am usually not excited for the buckles but the Duraflex buckles on the chest straps are not only cool, but they don't have a single scratch on them after months of use which impressive.
One of the interesting things with this harness is the three leash attachment points: one on the top, one on the chest and one under the dog’s rib cage. This latter one is for attaching a long line for tracking and scent training that I haven't seen on other harnesses before.
I appreciate that they clearly say in the description that the front loop is for “mild anti-pull training”. You can use it if you really want to, but that's not what this harness is primarily designed for.
When arranging this testing, we mixed up the harness sizes and first I got a size 4 instead of size 5. This gave me the opportunity to compare them before sending back the smaller one so on the photo below you can see the significant difference in sizes. They not only made the neck part longer but the straps are much wider and the buckles are bigger on the right one.
First I have to say that I used this product a lot for months before writing the review. While I loved the design and material, I run into three smaller issues.
The biggest one is the wearing of the top layer of the chest part. Since I haven't seen this anywhere else on the harness, I assume this could be a quality issue with this piece of material and has nothing to do with the design. So far, the softer, inside material seems to hold up without having the top layer to protect it but it's not a great result to see after 3-4 months.
My second feedback is that the no-pull loop on the chest is so tight that it is really hard to attach a leash with a bigger carabiner to it. It got a little looser after I tried it a few times but it's definitely designed for a smaller carabiner than the one on the Bungee Leash.
My last comment is about the sliders/buckles on the chest straps. It seems that they are not holding the straps tight enough and they slowly loosen up. I adjusted them the first time properly, leaving enough room for 2-3 fingers under it. A few walks later I saw that it is really loose on Mia. I checked and I was easily able to fit my palm under it sideways. I tightened it again but a few hours later I had the same experience - especially if we went for a run. I usually run into this problem with the shiny chest straps that are very slippery at the beginning. If you use them long enough, they get more matte and will stop sliding but it's a constant issue at the beginning.
Besides these problems, it is a great harness overall. It has a very nice angle around the neck to distrobute the weiught ideally if you would want to use it for bikejoring or canicross. It is a versatile harness that you could use for training, hiking or any sports. It's also great for hot days because it has very minimal coverage which helps the dog to stay cool.
While the fit isn't bad overall, for medium sized dogs it could leave a little more room behind the front legs and the part between the front legs could be a little narrower to avoid chafing/rubbing.
Another thing that I appreciate a lot in Non-stop Dogwear is that they create a chart like below for most of their products to show the strengths and weaknesses. Everyone knows that there is no product which excels in every category and still there are many companies advertising them that way.
This chart below shows that while the Line harness is good for pulling if you want to do it seriously, you should pick one of their other harnesses. At least that's how I interpret the chart, it would be nice to have a sentence explaining why they categorized it this way :)
• No-pull correction: This harness wasn't meant to teach your dog better leash manners, but it can be used for that as well. Actually, among the Y-harnesses with no-pull rings that I tested so far, this harness rotates the least and I think this is as close as you will get to a no-pull functionality without buying a harness which was specifically designed for that.
• Running/Biking: Great for bikejorning, jogging, etc. as an occasional hobby, buy specific equipment if you want to get into it seriously! They specifically mention on their website that it is not a pulling harness so don't start your dog sledding carrier with this. We used it for canicross and while I was happy with it, I would definitely suggest getting a pulling harness if your dog is pulling at full speed.
• Hiking: I only missed some kind of handle from the back to have a better grip when I have to lift the dog but you can also just grab the harness itself if needed. I would also prefer a more visible harness for hiking but now this harness also comes in orange so no complaints there! The harness is not collecting too much mud and is really comfortable for the dog even on a long hike.
• City walk: Works well, provides good control.
• Easy to put on/adjust: The Line harness only has buckles on the chest part but in return, it comes in nine sizes to be sure it fits well. You have to pull the harness over the head and then use the buckles on both sides to fix the harness. Adjusting is easy but I also had trouble with the sliders/buckles letting the straps loosen a bit as I mentioned before.
• Visibility: it has reflective stripes on both sides and you can buy it in orange if visibility is important to you.
Non-stop Dogwear came out with an updated version of this harness called Line Harness 5.0. The design is the same, but the ratios of the medium sizes are a little different to better fit dogs. We haven't tested it yet, but it seems to fit dogs much better - leaving more room behind the front legs and being narrower between the front legs.
They also came out with the Line Harness Grip. It should have the same basic design as the 5.0, but it also has a handle on the back.
Despite the issues mentioned in this review, I still think it is a great harness overall. This is a harness that you can use for many different activities, can be a good starter harness for different sports or just your go-to-harness for everyday walks. The material is easy to clean and collects much less mud and hair than the breathable, mesh material that many other harness uses.
As always, be sure the harness is a good fit for YOUR dog. If you need help deciding, read our article on harness fitting.
You can buy all their products on their website and can probably find retailers and stores in your country. They have great videos for each harness on their website to show how it should be positioned on the dog. This also helps you figure out where to measure the dog exactly before buying a harness.
The leash and collar in the photos are also from Non-stop Dogwear and we also have a review on them if you want to check it out! ;)
Many of you asked Mia's measurements to better understand the different products’ fit. Your best chance of finding a good fitting gear is always to measure (and remeasure) your dog. Even we grab the measuring tape before getting a new product - even though we tested a lot of them, and have a good feeling of her size by now.
I share her measurements below, but don't go ahead and order the same size just because your dog is similar to Mia ;)
• Shoulder height: 19.5 inches (50 cm)
• Weight: 37-44 pounds (17-20 kg)
• Widest chest circumference (where the most harness would have the chest strap): 25-26 inches (63-65 cm)
• Neck circumference for collars: 15-16 inches (38-40 cm)
• Back lengths: 22 inches (56 cm)