I get this question all the time… and the answer is, it varies. Each strap color matches it’s cousin vinyl, differently. I call them cousins and not sisters because sometimes they can be very different!
Once in a while we will have a customer very disappointed by the mismatch that is the strap and vinyl. So to avoid that, to the best of our ability, I have taken a few photos of strap and vinyl side-by-side. I don’t have ALL the colors here but I do have quite a few!
We don’t currently have a vinyl that matches the Hurricane Blue, so the harness shop will sometimes pair that strap color with the Teal vinyl.
Next up is the Royal Blue. To be honest I think these two match the best of all the colors, aside from Red.
I have had customers that sometimes think the Royal Blue strap is more purple than blue. When put beside the purple strap you can see it’s definitely blue:
The purple vinyl and strap don’t match very well at all.
The fact that they don’t perfectly match isn’t too big of a deal when you have a purple nose band and brow band and purple pads, or purple lines and purple pads, because they aren’t right beside each other:
Next up is the Raspberry/Burgundy strap and vinyl:
The Red is a pretty close match in my opinion!
The Orange strap and vinyl:
The Yellow strap and vinyl don’t match at all.
And the Green strap and vinyl don’t match either:
The pink it fairly close:
And last we have the brown! I don’t have any of the new brown strap here right now, but it has more of a red tint to it. We don’t have a vinyl that matches that pretty brown at all, BUT the carefree material does match it! I have had the shop make a back pad for a harness using the carefree material for the entire pad and that looks very sharp with the new brown soft strap.
Hopefully this will help prepare you for the fact that it’s not likely that the strap and vinyl on your new harness will match perfectly. It’s possible that it will be a close match… or as shown above not very close at all! In a few cases when viewed from the seat of the cart or from the center of the ring or through the lens of the camera, the difference is not very noticeable: