This product feature is dedicated to the Skijor Deluxe Padded Canicross Waist Belt which is the most expensive belt we stock here at K9 Trail Time and with good reason, as the features it has are unrivaled.
The main section of the belt is made from thick but flexible and soft foam ,which is covered in it’s entirety with hard wearing fleece. This makes the belt extremely comfortable to wear from day one of purchase, unlike some other belts on the market which take time to mould to your shape.
The Skijor belt was designed originally for the sport of Skijor (skiing with your dog) but has been specifically tailored to suit the canicross runner and has detachable leg straps, so you have the choice of whether to use them or not (most skijor belts would have them as standard). The belt also has a very useful quick release integrated into it, so there is no need for a caribiner or additional clip on the line to provide quick release in an emergency situation. I have found this particularly useful where we have encountered styles and the dogs need to be un-clipped quickly and without fuss.
I like the fact this belt can be adjusted to sit either on your waist, if this is what you prefer, or lower down on your hips, which is what I prefer, and the leg straps can be adjusted to secure the belt in whatever position you require to get the best experience from your canicross runs.
But probably the best feature from my point of view is the integral bungee in the straps that hold the quick release clip you attach the dogs’ line to, as having the additional bungee (on top of what you would have in the line) provides more comfort for both you and your dog if it suddenly jerks forward. I run with dogs whose combined weight equals my own and so for me, protecting my back from the force of them pulling if they see a rabbit or deer on the trail is very important and this belt allows much of the forward motion to be absorbed through these bungee straps.
For more information on the Skijor Canicross belt and to buy follow this link: http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/canicross/canicross-waistbelts/canix-deluxe-waistbelt.html
(Photo courtesy of www.philoconnor.com at The South Downs Marathon 2011)