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Nansen stick harness

Nansen stick harness

Pulling-harness which puts minimal pressure on the dog's hips and back, developed for dog mushing.

Nansen stick harness is made for hard-working dogs who have a constant load to pull, such as a sled or other weights where the pulling center is low. This harness is co-developed with the four-time Iditarod champion, Dallas Seavey. He wanted to solve problems many mushers encounter with the rearmost dogs in the team, who are exposed to back and hip strain. The result is the Nansen stick harness, which puts less load on the dog's backend than an ordinary Nome harness.

When a sled or pulka slides in the terrain, the Nansen stick harness moves up and down behind the dog's hips. This eases the load on the hips and back so that the dog's energy is better utilized, and it has a more comfortable pulling position. An elastic back piece keeps the stick in the correct position. In the neck, there is a reflective flap so that the musher can observe the dog's movement when it is dark. Nansen stick harness is available in half-sizes, which have the same back length but a larger neck circumference. The half-sizes have a red end-rope, full-sizes have a blue end-rope. The backstrap length on this harness varies from size to size. But the total length of the harness is the same, regardless of size.

The dog's wellbeing is essential for us when we are carefully designing every harness at Non-stop dogwear. Ergonomic design requires attention to detail. We always construct the inner lining so that all materials overlap without any hard edges. Harnesses are made from durable, tightly woven nylon and have a cell foam base to prevent water soaking in. Every seam has its smooth side towards the dog's body, all to make sure the harness does not chafe the dog. All our harnesses have integrated 3M reflective materials for the dog's security. This anatomical design approach with freedom of movement and comfortable breathing is our trademark. This harness is also reinforced with Hypalon on stressed joints.

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Size Chart

SizeNeck circumferenceMax length back
434 cm54 cm
4.538 cm54 cm
536 cm57 cm
5.540 cm57 cm
638 cm60 cm
6.542 cm60 cm
740 cm63 cm
7.544 cm63 cm
842 cm66 cm
8.546 cm66 cm
944 cm70 cm
9.548 cm70 cm
1048 cm72 cm
10.552 cm72 cm
Size4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5
Neck circumference34 cm38 cm36 cm40 cm38 cm42 cm40 cm44 cm42 cm46 cm44 cm48 cm48 cm52 cm
Max length back54 cm54 cm57 cm57 cm60 cm60 cm63 cm63 cm66 cm66 cm70 cm70 cm72 cm72 cm

Technical Specifications

  • Closed-cell foam that does not absorb water
  • Ripstop nylon
  • Nylon webbing
  • Aluminum stick
  • Hypalon reinforcement
  • 220 D heavy-duty Nylon
  • Braided cord attachment loop
  • 3M reflective
  • Color: Black. Blue or red attachment loop (red for half-sizes)

Wash guide

Handwash only.


What is the difference between the Nansen nome harness and the Nansen stick harness?
Both the harnesses are primarily designed for dogs pulling a sled. When dogs are pulling a sled, the pulling point is low because they are attached to a line that connects to the sled. When you have a lower pulling point, the harness is drawn down towards the sled. When using the Nansen stick harness, the dog has less load on legs, hips, and the lower back. Especially the rear dogs in the team.
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