This boot comparison was done in partnership with Backcountry K9. They provided Ruffwear Summit Trex, Hurtta Outbacks, and Ultrapaws Durable for us to test and compare, and we also tried out a set of Muttluks All Weather back in the summer. At the end of the test, we gave away all but our favorite pair. If you missed the boots test introduction and comparison table, check it out here.
Robin’s Muttluks All Weather were size Itty Bitty (1.5″) in black.
Price: $48.00 – $56.00
Sizing and colors: 1.5″, 2.25″, 2.75″, 3.25″, 3.75″, 4.25″, 4.75″, 5.25″ in black and yellow/black
This review is short because we only had these boots for a couple days: I bought them last summer, Robin got bad blisters, and then I noticed that they had raw edges on the inside. I returned them in disgust, but now that we’ve tested the other three boots, I’ve realized that I acted a bit hastily. I won’t be re-buying these for Robin, but I do think that Muttluks All Weathers bring something unique to the table and may be a great option for other dogs.
The All Weathers are extremely simple: they have a suede sole, a thin but tough nylon upper, a thicker nylon toe cap, and a stretchy, fitted leg cuff. The All Weathers use an ankle cinch strap similar to the Summit Trex strap, but it’s highly reflective and long enough to wrap all the way around the ankle for more visibility. The soles are medium-thickness suede and very flexible. Everything adds up to a simple yet effective design.
However, and this is so egregious I’ll mention it both here and in the build quality section: the insides of the boots are totally unfinished. We buy boots first and foremost to protect our dogs’ feet, so any raw edges should not be abrading the feet. The boots should have been finished with flat seams, or lined- the nylon is thin enough that an additional liner layer would not have added much bulk.
I realized, too late, that Robin’s Muttluks were a size too small in the front feet when I measured him for Backcountry K9. However, because the next size up fits paws up to 2.25″ wide, I suspect that they’d suffer from flipper-like proportions similar to the Ultrapaws. He got blisters on his front two feet (which was common for all boots we’ve tried) right where the raw edges would touch his feet, but the back feet seemed to be fine. Robin hated these boots almost as much as the Ultrapaws, but they were also the first boots we tried so it could have been an adjustment. The soles on these are definitely more flexible and slightly grippier than the Ultrapaws.
Trail: Surprisingly, these boots are moderately grippy, although they would not be durable for long-term trail use. Robin didn’t struggle too much when climbing a sandy slope in the Muttluks. The excellent cuffs do a great job of keeping out dirt and dust. Because they’re soft and flat, these could be a good emergency boot (stored in the pack) for unexpected rough conditions. For frequent trail use, consider Hurtta Outbacks or Ruffwear Summit Trex for better durability.
Snow: We didn’t test them in wet conditions, but the All Weathers are described as water-resistant. Muttluks also makes a fleece-lined version for very cold days, which might even solve the raw edge problem. A fellow instagrammer, @crystaloutdoors, found that when her pup Lexus wears these in deep snow, the cuffs tend to fill up, so these are better suited to trail use. She reported that traction in snow is average, but traction on ice is poor. For more grip or for mixed use on pavement and snow, consider Hurtta Outbacks for more durability.
Street: The All Weathers are fine for the street, but a lot of use on pavement will wear out the soles quickly. These are the quietest of the four boots and the least likely to attract attention on the street.
Indoors: These boots are great for indoors; though less grippy than the other three they are also quieter due to the soft soles. They come in a big size range and would be good for older, large dogs that struggle with slick floors.
Build quality: 3/5
Although the boots are otherwise well done, I can’t get past those raw edges, especially with a price tag in the $50 range. I would love to see a redesign with better finishing.
The Muttluks have a great, simple design and a beautifully functional cuff, but I’m very disappointed by their raw insides. Dogs with thicker hair on the feet may not get blisters the way Robin did, but for the price, I don’t think these boots are a great value. However, if the cuff and lightweight design appeals to you, look for open box or discounted pairs, especially since you’ll probably have to buy two sets for different sized front and back feet.
Best for: Snow, indoors, backup trail boots
Not ideal for: Heavy trail use, heavy pavement use, dogs with sensitive skin/thin fur