This is the harness I’ve been using for the last couple years, and I’ve been really happy with it. I’ve only replaced it once, and not because it wore out, but because it was just getting old and icky looking despite washing. I was also just ready for a new color. Following is my Gooby Comfort X Harness Review.
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Features of the Gooby Comfort X Harness
This harness is made of mesh and has micro suede trimming. The straps are made of nylon. It gets its name from its shape, the front criss-crosses in a “x” shape.
With this particular version, you slip it over your dog’s head and then each side will go under your dog’s belly and wrap up around his sides.
You then slide the nylon strap with the buckle end through a hole in the top of the harness and buckle it together.
There are “slides” on the strap to help you adjust the size to perfectly fit your dog.
The harness comes in several different colors and sizes:
- Small (Necks up to 11.8″ and Chests between 11.8″ – 15.7″)
- Medium (Necks up to 13″ and Chests between 14.1″ – 18.8″)
- Large (Necks up to 15″ and Chests between 17″ – 22.8″)
- X-Large (Necks up to 17″ and Chests between 20.4″ – 28.3″)
Who does this work best for?
The Comfort X harness will work best for smaller dogs that aren’t severe pullers.
The largest size (X-Large) is only intended for dogs up to 30 lbs, so don’t expect to be able to use this with a border collie, golden retriever, etc.
The hardware is very lightweight and the fabric isn’t terribly thick, so if you have a dog that really pulls, I would go with something a bit heavier. My dog is what I’d call a moderate puller… he only really does it if he gets over excited (think: squirrel!), and I’ve had no issues with him using this.
If you tend to let your dog wear his harness around the house, or expect him to be wearing it for longer periods of time, this will make a good choice. The mesh is breathable, so it won’t make your dog hot or feel restricted.
After putting it on once or twice, it’s really easy to get on. In fact, I keep the top strap through the loop on the top and say “paw” when I slip it over my dog’s head. He’s learned to lift up his left paw and put it through the side.
This way, I don’t have to fuss with the strap every time (not that it would be a big deal). If you get one, you’ll understand what I’m talking about, lol! You can look at the pictures I have here to get an idea of how it goes together.
The harness is machine washable, which is a huge plus if you have a dog that likes to get into things, or is a swimmer! If you don’t like the clanging that the hardware makes in your washer and dryer, you can put it in a pillow case and tie it off; that will soften the noise.
The price is great! You can buy 2-3 of these for the same price as one of some other brands.
These run on the small side, so sizing can be a little tricky. I wouldn’t necessarily trust the weight sizing guide 100%.
My dog is 19 lbs and the large does fit him fine; even though he is on the higher end of the size large measurements. He has a pretty thin neck and we keep his fur very short, though.
If your dog has thick or long fur and/or a thicker neck, you may want to go a size up if your dog is at the higher end of the measurements.
I would also take the manufacturer’s advice and measure your dog around the chest and the neck. This will give you much more accurate sizing vs weight alone.
The sizes I’ve provided above are the manufacturer’s recommendations using neck and chest sizes. I’ve found this to be a much better predictor of what size you’ll need.
If you have a dog that is a really strong puller, this may not be a great option for you, either. There have been reports from owners about harnesses that have ripped.
I haven’t experienced this; but, I can understand why it would happen with a dog that was intent on pulling hard.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I’ve been using this harness for a couple of years now and have no complaints. As long as you take into consideration your dog’s size and how well he walks on a leash, you really can’t go wrong with it. If you have a dog that does pull a lot, I would go with a heavier weight harness such as the Gooby Escape Free Harness.