Ruffwear Switchbak Dog Harness | Ruffwear Dog Harness NZ | Ruffwear NZ | Further Faster Christchurch NZ  Close (esc)
Ruffwear Switchbak Dog Harness | Ruffwear Dog Harness NZ | Ruffwear NZ | Further Faster Christchurch NZ  Close (esc)
Ruffwear Switchbak Dog Harness | Ruffwear Dog Harness NZ | Ruffwear NZ | Further Faster Christchurch NZ  Close (esc)

Ruffwear Switchbak Dog Harness

Regular price $119.95


Padded everyday dog harness with low-profile pockets for carrying small essentials.

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The Ruffwear Switchbak Dog Harness is a handy hybrid between a pack and a harness, built on the Ruffwear harness platform, but has low profile pockets for short day hikes and everyday use.

This new dog harness has been designed as a harness first, and a pack second.

The low profile pockets look good when they are not loaded, but come with expansion pleats on the bottom so you four legged adventure buddy can carry their gear that they need for a day out on the trail or around town.

Features two leash attachment options: V-ring centered on the back, and reinforced webbing at the chest to redirect dogs that pull on leash.

  • Foam-padded construction for comfortable extended wear

  • Padded belly strap adds stability when carrying weight; stows when not in use

  • Five points of adjustment for an optimal fit

  • Two leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on back and reinforced webbing loop on chest

  • Two low-profile, zippered pockets for small essentials

  • Low-profile padded handle for controlled and comfortable lift and assist

  • Tonal reflective accents for visibility in low-light conditions and light loop for attaching The Beacon™

  • Shell: 300 denier polyester ripstop (bluesign® approved)
  • Padding: Closed-cell foam
  • Lining: Polyester knit mesh
  • Webbing: 100% Polyester
  • Zipper: Reverse coil YKK #5
  • Chest Leash Connection: Engineered nylon webbing (bluesign® approved)
  • Buckles: ITW Nexus Mach 1 side-release buckles Back Leash Connection: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum V-ring
  • Made in Vietnam
  • Volume
    • XSmall: 1.7L
    • Small: 3L
    • Medium: 4.3L
    • Large/XLarge: 7.5L

Use the sizing chart to select the appropriate size for your dog


*Measurement around widest part of rib cage
XXS 33-43 cm (13-17 in)
43-56 cm (17-22 in)
S 56-69 cm (22-27 in)
M 69-81 cm (27-32 in)
L/XL 81-107 cm (32-42 in)

  • Hand wash

  • Mild detergent

  • Air dry


For delivery of orders within New Zealand, excluding boats and oversized items:

  • All local orders over NZD $149 are shipped free using a standard signature required service.
  • All local orders under NZD $149 are charged a flat fee of NZD $8 and are shipped using standard signature required service.
  • We mostly use Post Haste Couriers as our courier service
  • Allow 1-2 business days for standard South Island shipping and 2-3 business days for the North Island.
  • Rural Address and PO box numbers please add business 2 days.
  • Once your order has been dispatched you will receive an email with tracking information.
  • Once your order has left the store it is at the mercy of the couriers. Please check your tracking information and contact the couriers if it has not arrived when expected.


  • Allow 1-2 business days for standard South Island shipping and 2-3 business days for the North Island.
  • Rural Address and PO Boxes, please add 2 more days.
  • We try our best to get your orders out to you ASAP, however, during our peak times (Christmas, Sale week etc), we may need an extra day to process them.
  • These estimates are for a perfect world when courier companies work on time and natural disasters and pandemics are at bay. Once it has left the shop it is sometimes up to the shipping gods!

 If you would like an update of Courier Network Status, please see these links:


  • We can’t change addresses in the system once your order has been placed, however, send an email to or call us in-store and we will endeavour to change the address.
  • Please let us know before order cut off at 1pm daily.


  • We offer an in-store pick up service.
  • This is contactless, please order online and choose Pick-Up.
  • You will be notified when your order is ready for collection.
  • Collection can be made during opening hours at 
    57A Buchan Street


  • Once your order has been shipped you will receive a Shipment Order Email. This will have a link to your tracking details, you can use this link to find the location of your parcel and contact the courier company to see how far away it is.
  • If you have not received a confirmation email within 24hrs, please check your junk box in your email, as some times we need to get in touch with you and emails do happen to end up in there!
  • Alternatively, speak to our order guru 'Bot-Bruce', and he can find the tracking details for you in the chat section of this pop-up. Just ask him, 'Where is my order?' and follow the prompts 🐻.



  • All Australian orders are charged a flat fee of NZD $35 and are shipped using a standard service (not including boats or paddles).  Paddles are NZD $125 for 2 and 4 piece paddles and NZD $195 for 1 piece paddles.
  • All North American orders are charged a flat fee of NZD $90 and are shipped using a standard service (not including boats or paddles).
  • Standard delivery times for international orders can vary from 5 business days to 6 weeks.
  • Once your item has been dispatched you will receive an email with tracking information.
  • International orders do not come with a signature delivery confirmation.
  • Please do not buy products with eggs or bacon, as international customs do not like this and your order may be confiscated at your own cost (no one wants wasted bacon and eggs!)


  • All orders are shipped from our Christchurch store and usually leave the next working day. If for some reason we don't have the item you ordered we will notify you as soon as possible and let you know when you can expect delivery. Special order for non stocked items vary however are usually 2-6 weeks.


  • Need your boat shipped? No problem! Shipping is excluded at time of purchase. The team will calculate this separately after your purchase and contact you with the best rates for you at the time.

  • As a cost indication shipping typically starts at $99 for smaller boats and $150 for longer, larger boats. This is based on where in NZ your boat needs to go and which boat you purchase.
  • Boats are delivered to your nearest Mainfreight Depot for you to collect from there.


If you'd like to know availability and delivery times for a specific item please contact us and we will aim to get back to you the same day within business hours.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Brenden K.
Awesome Harness

The Ruffwear harness is great, our dog walks and runs so much better in this than in her collar, pockets are perfect for an outing, only thing to be aware of is the pocket do hold some water when swimming but nothing to be concerned about.

Lisa D.
Adventures with a big puppy made easy

Trying to keep our puppy, who’s huge by the way, under control and worn out is made so much easier with this harness. The front clip works well and she walks so nicely now with no pulling. The ability for her to carry her own poop bags, snacks and extra leads giver her a job to do. Half hour walks seem to wear her out more with a bit of weight to carry. Good sturdy product for a 35 kg puppy. Am super happy.

Tyna J.
Great product

Extremely happy with the harness

Yaz L.
Great litte day pack for Rocky the greyhound.

The switchback harness is a great liitle oack for your dog for those lobger day hikes ir overnight missions. With adjustable buckkes and 2 pockets your dog will be able to csrry his own food and snacks and poo bags abd after your mission carry your beer cans outfir you!

Little c.

Ruffwear Switchbak Dog Harness

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