Even amongst the gear that makes it into our regular rotation, favorites have definitely emerged- items that I reach for over and over again. Click the links to read in-depth reviews. You’ll also find our favorites in the menus with a ⭐ at the beginning of the title. (Italicized categories don’t yet have a favorite – I’d love to hear suggestions!) This page will be updated as we go.
Lightweight jacket: Ruffwear Climate Changer. Absolutely perfect fit on Robin, packs small and light, and has survived endless washes. When he’s active, it keeps him toasty in below freezing weather, and it’s a perfect baselayer.
Heavier jacket: A new category for us, but our Hurtta Ultimate Warmer seems good so far and fits like a glove. I’ll update when we have some winter data. We are also testing the new Extreme Warmer.
Raincoat: We LOVE Robin’s Hurtta Torrent Coat. The blaze orange and the high-tech material are perfect for crisp fall weather.
Life jacket: We’ve only gone out with it once so far, but his new Hurtta life jacket is working great!
Serious Hiking Harness: Ruffwear Webmaster. We gave up our Pro version because it was an-between (too bulky for light hiking, not enough space for a bigger trips), but we reach for the Approach packs (original review) for backpacking trips and long hikes. The harness is sturdy, secure and has a handle – what more could you ask for?
Around Town & Light Hike Harness: For quick hikes, errands and when we’re in a hurry, we love Robin’s Hurtta Active Harness, with its little assistance handle and clean modern design.
Cooling coat: Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. Despite fit issues, it’s been an absolute lifesaver on hot days- I want one for myself. We’re super excited about Ruffwear’s new cooling vest coming out next spring – it looks like a happy medium fit-wise. We’re also recently loving Robin’s Hurtta Sun and Bug Blocker – it’s perfect for keeping his coat from heating up.
LED Collar: We are in love with our Head-Lites collar – it’s good-looking, low profile, and a perfect standard collar PLUS it has LEDs. It’s the only collar we’ve been using during this dark season.
Boots: We’ve gone into great depth about boots here and also reviewed another type here. Our previous favorites were Ruffwear Summit Trex: easy to put on, light, and durable. However, they were ousted by Dogbooties.com soft Cordura boots, which we LOVE. They’re light, packable, and don’t fall off ever. Just ordered two new sets! (We’ve also found socks to be critical with boots, and we’ve got a favorite combination – read about them here.) Unfortunately, we haven’t found a wet-snow option yet – Dogbooties.com aren’t totally waterproof.
Leash: Previously our Ruffwear Roamer, but I haven’t been reaching for it as often because it’s starting to look worn. Really liking our Wolfpack Supply leash so far!
Bowl: Previously our Guyot squishy cup for its small size and snap-open functionality, but we’ve mostly been using his Outward Hound Port-A-Bowl lately – now that we feed freeze-dried raw on the trail, a bowl that fully folds up to contain food residue AND can be machine washed is perfect.
Sleeping bag: We love Robin’s Large Alcott sleeping bag. He stays in it all night and it packs into a 6L sack, but we just got Hurtta’s Outback Dreamer and we’re LOVING the build quality and overlapping flap design so far.
What are your favorites? Any items we should definitely try?