Thank you for the review. Sorry to hear the harness has not met your expectations. As you have noted, the weight of the buckles can cause the harness to tilt, or list, off to the side. This is due to the fact that the buckles are only on one side of the harness, so it does cause the weight to be off-center. The reason we only put buckles on the left side of the harness is that hardware on the right side would hit a handler’s knees and legs when the dog is on a tight heel and may cause injuries. Also, adding weight to the right side (especially by using 2 extra buckle as most manufacturers do), would just make the harness weigh more and increase the price. The good news is that the leaning is purely aesthetic and does not affect the function of the harness. In fact, you have probably noticed that when any force is put on the harness, it will right itself and provide proper support on the dog. While it is mostly aesthetic, we certainly understand wanting your gear to look as well as it functions, so a few things to help if you notice the harness leaning… First, off setting the sternum strap away from the buckles (it may have to be fairly exaggerated) can help. Next, a tighter fit can help keep the harness properly positioned (of course it needs to be comfortable on the dog). Lastly, if you are going to add any weight to the harness (via patches, lights, pouches, etc) we advocate mounting the to the right side to help balance.
With regard to the velcro on the strap collecting debris, if you are referring to the sternum strap it sounds like your strap is installed incorrectly. Please note that the bottom of the sternum strap (that faces the ground) will not have any exposed velcro. The portion of the sternum strap with loop velcro will face up and be against the dog when installed properly. There is some loop velcro that may be exposed on the chest straps (even when installed properly). That velcro is not exposed when the harness is sized all the way down, but will start to be exposed the larger you make the sizing. While that velcro could collect some debris, we don’t find it is any issue for most handlers. We also include harness keepers (small pieces of webbing) to hold the chest straps down in the event you are going through thick brush, so the chest strap swill not pull up.
Hopefully that information helps. If you have any further questions about the fit or function of the harness please reach out to your support team so we can make sure your gear works well for your needs. Thanks!