Which Canicross Waist Belt? Part 2

Posted by Gail Walker, 12th August 2015

This is the second part of my three part mini series on Canicross waist belts.

Yesterday I covered the Non Stop Running Belt which is from the same company that make the exceptional Non Stop Freemotion dog harness!

Today’s post features our Rock Empire belt; another widely used and popular canicross waist belt that also sits low on the runner’s bottom to avoid any unnecessary back strain.

Rock Empire Canicross Waist Belt

 

Dogfit Rock Empire Canicross Waist Belt

Rock Empire Waist Belt

 

Summary

The Rock Empire (Euro Lite) waist belt is extremely comfortable and lightweight at just 173g.

The integrated leg straps and mesh padding at the back ensure the belt stays in place whilst absorbing all the pulling force from the dog.

It comes in one size and in two colours (blue and green) with fully adjustable waist and leg straps.

 

Dogfit's Rock Empire Euro Lite Canicross Waist Belt

The Rock Empire waist belt should sit low on your bottom, not on your waist

 

The main back strap, designed to sit low across the runner’s bottom, is a lightweight narrow mesh padding that provides a good grip and thus prevents the belt from moving around during motion.

The fixed leg straps (non-removable) prevent the belt from creeping up into the lower back, whilst the waist strap prevents the belt from slipping down.

The thin waist strap fastens together easily at the front of the belt behind the main strap where the section for attaching your bungee line is located. Unlike the Non Stop waist belt, this doesn’t have a metal ring; instead there is a fixed material loop – simply clip your line into the loop or use a carabiner.

The loop where you attach your bungee line is built to sustain the pull from your dog and, along with the leg straps, ensures that any force transfers through the hips, not the back. Thus minimising any strain and longer term injury whilst maximising comfort.

The leg straps can be easily adjusted for maximum comfort. Though, unlike the other belts we sell, there is no side adjustment for the height between the waist strap and main mesh back strap.

 

Dogfit's Rock Empire Canicross Waist Belt

The Rock Empire Waist Belt comes in two colours; Blue & Green

 

The belt comes in one size but it fits waists up to 36″ making it one of the more versatile belts we sell. If you are looking for a large size belt this is likely to be the best one to purchase. And if you are a small waist size any loose material from the belt can be kept neatly out of the way   via the handy velcro strip.

The Rock Empire waist belt is extremely durable and lightweight making it perfect for both racing and general use.

At £42 it’s the cheapest of the three waist belts.

Pros

  • Sits on top/middle of runner’s bottom (rather than their back)
  • Comes in one convenient size and fits up to a 36″ waist
  • Mesh padding at the back helps secure the waist belt whilst running
  • Straps are exceptionally easy to adjust
  • Lightweight and comfortable, making it perfect for racing as well as general use
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • No integrated pocket
  • The loop at the front (which the line attaches to) is fixed, so the end of the line doesn’t slide along the full webbing as the dog turns direction
  • Straps are non-detachable (though this isn’t necessarily a major issue)
  • The height between the waist strap and main mesh padded belt can’t be adjusted

In my final post tomorrow I will cover the Kisi Lightweight Waist Belt.

 

Written by Gail Walker

 

 

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