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All the watery fun without any of the stink.
- Waterproof, odor-proof, coated webbing
- Anodized aluminum Crux buckle
- Single-piece, anodized aluminum D-ring
- Separate ID attachment point
- Silicone tag silencer
- Integrated reflectivity
- Item #RUF001H
- Q & A
Durable No Stink Collar
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My 45lb GSP seems to be just fine with this collar. Her neck measures size small towards her head but a size medium towards her torso so we went with a size medium and it fit great. This collar doesn't get stinky after grass slides, water adventures, and it doesn't accumulate any of her short hairs inside the webbing like other cloth collars do. We have had this Crux buckle model and the plastic model and both are fine- the Crux buckle makes her look more fancy when she isn't digging holes but its also more difficult to take off than the plastic buckle model. It helps to leave the collar in the sun for a few hours when first receiving the collar to loosen the collar up and not feel so stiff. I'm sure I'll get more of these collars in the future when our next pup comes along :)
Two paws down
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
We got this for our new dog as she's an avid swimmer and our first dog loved his Headwater collar (the old version).
I was excited by the new crux buckle system and thought it would be superior to the old version. However I have to say I'm not impressed and nor is our new pup. The old plastic buckle is more adjustable, lighter, and less stiff.
The collar is clearly well made and Ruffwear has paid attention to detail per normal (like adding a hole for tags, the tag silencer, quality of fabric, reflective trim, etc) but it still has a few issues regarding stiffness and sizing (likely linked in that if it was properly sized it may not feel so ridiculous on the dog).
I measured our dog's neck to be 14 inches which is directly between two sizes so I ordered up figuring I didn't want to be on the last hole. Unfortunately even the smallest hole was too big for her and was super loose on her neck. If you're in between sizes I would suggest sizing down. If I had measured INCREDIBLY tightly to her neck that may have also helped but that's not the proper way to measure for a collar!
Within 24 hours of it being on her she started scratching at it constantly - I believe this is due to the bulk and stiffness of the collar as we had washed it to ensure any factory residue was gone. At this point I knew this collar just wouldn't work so I threw the old model on her and she's had no issues since then. It fits SO much better as it is more adjustable, lighter, and more flexible.
We plan to try the new version on our other, slightly larger dog, to get a better feel and I'll update this once we see his reaction.
Overall I'd recommend anyone who wants a headwater to compare this to the first version. I'm nabbing up a few of the old ones on clearance while I can!
I bought this collar in a size Medium for my pug. His neck has a 15" circumference, the medium is sized 14"-17". Even on its smallest notch, I measure that the collar is 17", 20" on the largest. Which happens to correspond to a Size Large, even though the collar says Medium 14-17". So now I have to pay $7 to ship it back. I like this collar, but I need it in a real medium, and don't want to risk getting the wrong size again. Also, the description on the website labels the collar as being made of webbing. It's not, it's some kind of stiff rubber. Pugs have skin issues like mad, so this would have been perfect in the correct size.