Muscles Not Motors Gear Review – April 2010

Ryan James Leclerc
Posted March 30th, 2010

Since this issue is devoted to dogs and dog lovers, I had no choice but to seek out super cool dog gear for your super cool dog. When it comes to dog gear, Ruff Wear, based out of Bend, OR, builds “innovative gear for dogs on the go,” and they remind us that “Dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole.” The following three Ruff Wear Dog products, in this human’s mind, are especially cool.
If you’ve ever been hiking with your pup and come upon a cliff with rungs, or a zip-line spanning a canyon or a raging river, that generally means it’s time to turn around, unless your dog can climb ladders, swim across turbulent river waters, or fly. With the Doubleback harness securely attached to your pooch, you can belay Barney up and down that cliff, or zip Zeke across that canyon or river and the trek can continue. It can also help your four-legged friend navigate steep or rocky terrain safely. The Doubleback harness comfortably fits around the ribcage and features adjustable straps that wrap around each leg. It comes in four sizes (extra small, small, medium, and large) for a perfectly snug fit. $124.95.
When it comes time to buy Rudy, Chui, or Old Brown Dog a new ball, don’t get a round one, get a square one. Why, you ask? Why not? Actually, a square ball can be more fun than a round ball, because it bounces and rolls in unpredictable directions, keeping your canine companion on his toes. The hefty weight and beveled edges allow the square ball to gain momentum and travel far, making it especially great for high-energy dogs. Made of sustainable Latex rubber, the square ball also features a two-hole design that prevents suction, and can be used to dispense kibbles for a much deserved reward. $17.95.
At the end of a long day of belaying, canyoneering, or chasing after square balls, your pooped Poodle, tired Tibetan Terrier, bushed Borzoi, or exhausted Entlebucher will need a comfy bed on which to take a snooze. The Mt. Bachelor Pad is just what the vet ordered, with a cozy recycled polyester fleece surface, a one-inch thick layer of thermal padding, and a waterproof recycled polycloth base layer. The Mt. Bachelor Pad rolls up into a lean, lightweight bed roll with a handle, making it ideal for camping and car travel. Available in two sizes. Medium: $54.95, Large: $74.95.

Ryan James Leclerc

Ryan James Leclerc used to be single and used to work on the sales floor of Onion River Sports. He is now married and works in the office of Onion River Sports. The creative license he procured in a back alley allows him to occasionally narrate from the past as though it were the present.