Ruffwear’s $100 Polar Trex dog boots are the highest tech option I’ve seen so far, and feature an innovative new zipper cuff with good potential for keeping out snow. Read the review to find out how they stack up.
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They’re well designed, durable, grippy boots that don’t fall off even with crazy activity (a victory previously only achieved with his stretch-closure Dogbooties.com).
Muttluks sizing is different from all other boots we’ve tried – they’re sized based on paw LENGTH rather than paw WIDTH.
Waterproofness is a selling point, but here’s a caution: dogs sweat through their pads, so to prevent overheating, more ventilation is better. Additionally, waterproof boots can collect water and cause blisters if they get submerged in a stream or puddle.
Even better, these are the only boots that Robin hasn’t thrown, EVER. They won’t come off no matter how much leaping and careening he does, and I think it’s the combination of ultralight construction and the slightly stretchy closures that do it.
I have not seen a single blister since we got these. That’s magical! Through trail gallops, fetch on concrete, and walks on scorching pavement, his feet have been perfectly protected.
I’ll say up-front that we didn’t find a single pair of perfect boots, and all of the models in this comparison bring something unique to the table. I would love to cobble together a boot with Ruffwear’s soles, Muttluks’ cuffs, Hurtta’s reflectors and Ultrapaws’ foam padding. Look through the comparisons for features you’re interested in, but bear in mind that fit and comfort will trump all the bells and whistles.
The uppers are made of a tough, weather-resistant flexible orange mesh with a smooth inside coating. There are no rough edges or seams. It’s hard to tell how breathable they are, but they feel the lightest out of the four brands. Above the ankle strap is a sewn-on cuff made out of thin, stretchy knit.
The split ankle makes the boots easy to get on, and the wrap style means there are no extra folds of fabric under the ankle strap. One benefit of the wrap-style straps is that they can be wrapped higher to seal out snow or lower to avoid a dewclaw, depending on the dog’s anatomy.
The foam pads are my favorite part of the design, and I’d love to add them to all of the other models. It’s easier to cinch down the boot without worrying about cutting off circulation, and they didn’t seem to put pressure on Robin’s dew claws.
A cuff is an odd thing to rave about, but Muttluks’ cuff is perfect. Unlike Ruffwear’s saggy cuff, this one keeps out the dirt. These boots are the easiest of the four to put on: the stretchy cuff combined with generously sized nylon uppers make them roomy, yet the soft nylon cinches down easily without creating large uncomfortable wrinkles.