The elastic makes all the difference on this dog wrap. I’ve tried a bunch of lower priced wraps (some worked some didn’t) and this by far is the best designed and to me it looks like it’s the most comfortable for my dog. The elastic keeps it from riding down too low which with other wraps can lead to my dog being exposed enough to pee out the front and the velcro is high quality and doesn’t come undone as my dog rubs against things. Would have been cheaper for me if this were the first one I bought. I will buy another…Love the plaid by the way!