I thought the Trainer’s Vest might be a good backpack alternative for quick sunset hikes – it’s got plenty of pockets for snacks, treats, and a leash. Turns out, I actually use it for quite a variety of things, especially as the weather cools down.
The Torrent Coat is made like human grade tech clothing – or better. The shell is a smooth, not-too-crinkly breathable and waterproof nylon layer, and it’s fully lined with a thick, soft fine mesh.
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.
This harness comes in two styles – the “Dazzle” style in hi-viz orange and yellow, with large reflective areas on the back and chest panels, and the standard style in cherry, raven, and juniper, with three little reflective triangles on the chest and reflective trim around the neck and back.
Price: originally $49.95, generally available new or used on eBay for $20-30. Sizing and colors: XXS (12″-19″ girth) – XL (35″ – 48″ girth) in Sunset Orange and Fern Green “Dogs already know how to swim!” Generally, this is true, but life jackets help dogs feel more confident in the water, keep your them afloat when the…
Though Robin’s a perfect XS in his sleeved Ruffwear Climate Changer, the vest styles (like this Sun Shower, and his Swamp Cooler) are too big in the chest. This one is the worst of the two because of the flexible material- no matter how we adjust the belly straps, he periodically catches a foot in the chest panel or steps through to the other side.
The 16oz bowl (which we take camping, see this post’s featured image) and 8oz cup (our trail bowl) are both the same flat bottomed globe shape, so they hold water in well without splashing, but have a narrow opening that some dogs might not be thrilled about.
With much ado, our 9k mountain is checked off the list (but we’ll be back!)
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.
… For a one-size-fits-all, it’s good. We tried it in two cars- our 2013 Prius C (66.7″ outside width), and a rental 2016 Jeep Cherokee (74.9″ outside width). It fit well in both, but more comfortably in our car, which despite a bit of extra fabric on the edges allows for it to be tightened around the seat backs.
I wrote a post about paddling with your dog (including PFDs, choosing a boat, safety training and more) over at dogjaunt.com!