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Ruffwear Bark'n Boots Grip Trex - Set of 4

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    Power to the pup.

    Suit up your all-terrain pup with the Ruffwear Bark'n Boots Grip Trex. Vibram outsoles protect your pup's paws against abrasion in rough terrain and iceballs on snowy trails. The adjustable closure ensures the Grip Trex stays put, even if your pup won't. 3M reflective detailing improves visibility for low-light adventures, and tightly-woven mesh allows breathability without sacrificing durability.
    • Item #RUF0070

    Tech Specs

    Material
    synthetic, mesh, [sole] Vibram rubber
    Recommended Use
    winter wear, outdoor play
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Perfect for your adventure buddy

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Seems like dogs were made to run around in the wild, but sometimes the trails are a little snowy or too rocky to be comfortable for their paws. Not something I ever really thought of before but it makes sense once you hear it. My friend's dog seemed to need a little extra protection and once they got over the hilarious, awkward break-in period, their paws are thankful!

    Here's a Really Long Review For You!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    On opening the box these looked SWEET: Vibram soles, sturdy uppers - they're as nice as my shoes! We tried them on Mika (60-lb Tamaskan) at home where we experienced the joy of the Clydesdale high-step and some hilarious mid-stride nips at her feet. The medium seemed to fit well, which came as little surprise since we measured multiple times because I'm obnoxiously picky about my own footwear, so why wouldn't I be about our dog's? I should note, though, that the Velcro strap had to be pulled pretty far around (high paw-width to leg-circumference ratio). Same day I took her for a run on a dirt and rock trail and she only stumbled two or three times in a three-mile loop. We had similar success on subsequent runs in similar terrain.

    A few weeks later we used them on her first-ever snowy hike in Utah. The first half of this short hike (maybe 6 mi total?) she seemed not to notice them at all, but slipped climbing up some slickrock sections and was unable to safely move on ice. These are reasonable shortcomings, though, and should be expected. ("Key to a good birthday: low expectations." - Phil Dunphy) On the second half, she was frequently nipping at each of her paws, so we checked the front two and saw that her dew claws had popped out and were rubbing on the cuff. She seemed to be experiencing some discomfort on the rear paws as well, but there was no sign of what it could be. We took the boots off right there and she stopped nipping. We never had another problem on the rest of the trip.

    We think that part of the problem could be that her paws splay so significantly. I'm a huge nerd and later measured her paw print in wet sand, learning that it spreads up to .75 inches wider than our initial measurement. Perhaps restricting that splay caused her pain, like hiking boots with a narrow toe-box.

    In the end, with some sadness, the Grip Trex were returned. We may try the Summit or Polar Trex in the future, but for now we're going to try cordura booties for snow-only hikes and Musher's Secret for mixed terrain.

    the Clydesdale prance

    stop the iceballs!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these for Ramsey because he gets large and painful iceballs in his feet after a bit of time in the snow. Especially fun fluffy deep snow. They do prevent the iceballs so Ramsey can keep on going without painful feet.

    Initially the boots seemed like they were a little floppy on his feet (I bought the recommended size) and they would come off as soon as he'd start running in the snow. I lost a few boots until I figured out that I should put the liners on underneath to help them fit more snugly. Now with the liners they stay on except if he's romping in deep snow for any length of time.

    The boots aren't hard to get on at all as they're quite stiff and the velcro is easy to manage. You need to really pull the velcro tight across the ankle which is another reason having the liners helps as then there's a layer between the tight velcro top strap and boot material and your dog's leg. Also, less snow gets into the top of the boot with the liners present.

    The funniest part of the entire experience is watching them get used to the boots. For the first couple of minutes, they don't want to put their feet down and prance like a clydesdale. Check out the video I added.

    stop the iceballs!

    Dog boots = goodness

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Was so funny watching my pup try these on. Took a little adjustment period but these have been great at protecting his paws. We live in Colorado and the snow and ice on the ground become problematic. These helped right away with protecting his feet. The Velcro straps work great to put them on relatively fast and securely. Bought the large for my Rhodesian Ridgeback and he hasn't had to use a liner or baby socks. Ruffwear has a good video on how to measure the paws in YouTube. Great product! Goat worthy!

    Incredible!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My pup has been getting sore paws after long hikes lately. I was hesitant to try these out but holy cow they are awesome! She is a 60 lb boxer, her paw measured right at 2.75 inches and the medium fits her well. She was really bad at walking in them at first until I seriously took the time to train her in them. She is trained to wear the front two because those are the two that hurt the most. I started by being very excited and positive every time I put them on her, walked really slow with her at first, and fed her so many treats along the way so that now she associates fun and treats to these booties :)



    She joined me and my boyfriend on a climbing trip to Vedauwoo this summer and it was hilarious to see her walk around on rocks. The vibram rubber really does grip!!



    Recommend these to anyone with a pup with sore paws, just be sure to train them right. If all you do is laugh when they are in them they aren't going to take it seriuosly....but I will post one funny video :)

    Incredible!

    Great Investment

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Toshi got the larges and fits like a glove! If you need them a little bit snugger, try just baby socks. It works amazingly!

    Great product to keep your dogs safe and protected from the elements.

    Great shoes for any dogs needing protection and traction outdoors. We always used them while camping and dogs feet stay clean and safe from any foreign debris. Stays on pretty well,front fabric wears off but new style better stitched. Tried other brands, but found these the most durable and secure.

    Great Investment

    Hopefully a Sizing Issue

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Looking at my buddy Jasper (Aussie Collie Mix), and the pics of Aussie dogs in their shoes below, I went with the 2.5inch paw size shoes. Jasper had a miserable time in them! They kept sliding down his very soft fur, and I can't figure out if it's because of his soft fur, or because they're too big. He was so mad at me for putting him in them, he licked his paws for a few hours afterwards while giving me the evil eye. He wiped out pretty hard in them while trying to jump, and now I'm hoping he's not actually injured.

    Moral of the story: Don't assume your dog's paw size from the type of dog, like I did. Also, trust the sizing chart, and test it out with your dog to see if they can handle it.

    Great Investment

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought these for my 6 year old Skye Terrier Rufus. We take him out with us climbing and hiking often. Sometimes the terrain can be really rocky and sharp. That is exactly the reason I thought I'd give these booties a try. Rufus' pads get torn so often so we needed to do something different. I went by the sizing chart on these and, first try, got the sizing perfect. I also invested in the Bark n' Boot Liners by Ruffwear (item #RUF000O) to prevent blisters and chaffing. Together, went put on and tightened properly, they don't come off and they stay in place perfectly. Go by the sizing chart and you can't get it wrong! And, most importantly, don't forget to film your dog the first time you put them on him/her!

    Great concept...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    ....however, dogs are finicky beasts, and each one is different.
    I wish my pup Oakley loved these boots as much as I love them for him (they have freakin' Vibram soles! Talk about puppy luxury!), however he has had some difficulty adjusting to them.
    My partner and I picked up these boots for our doggy-filled hiking and backpacking trips to areas with lava rock or excessive scree rock, so his precious little pads don't get scraped or cut.
    Initially, when putting them on, he walks very, VERY awkwardly... high-stepping like a Clydesdale and often stopping to chew on the ankle straps in a frantic attempt to rip them off. We have learned to just keep hiking, and to call him on... usually he gets sick of messing with them and obliges us, in which case they are fantastic and help a lot. However he's had such a hard time getting used to them, and the velcro ankle straps seem to loosen pretty often... hence the 4/5 stars. The one saving grace I've found is weighing him down with a full puppy-pack (one of the Ruffwear dog bags) on our excursions... he barely notices the shoes! :)

    Great concept...

    Hank is one happy hikin' dog!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Hank has all white feet, which means all pink pads. He regularly goes hiking with me and would continuously come back with "tender " feet, and on some hikes he would just come back with ripped paw pads. His feet just never toughened up.



    Not taking him hiking was just not an option, so I decided to cave and invest in the Ruffwear boots for him. These are almost crucial on some of the desert hikes we go on, protecting him not only from sharp rocks, but cholla cactus and hot ground as well! He also has added traction with the boots on, allowing him to almost stick to the side of slippery rocks when climbing up.



    Hank is 45 lbs and has slightly smaller than average feet, he wears a size small in these boots.



    * I think the Ruffwear Bark'n Boot Liners are also crucial to these boots. As expensive as they are, I am always paranoid about losing one of the boots on a hike while running or at night. As far as I know, you cannot purchase individual boots on the off chance that you do lose one! They did occasionally slip off and gather dirt before I purchased the liners. The liners though, seem not only to pad his paws and keep them more dry, but it allows the shoes to strap on a little bit tighter and keep them from ever falling off. You can see more of Hank's hiking adventures (with his boots) on www.instagram.com/hankahoula

    Hank is one happy hikin' dog!

    sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The way the sizing works on these is a little confusing. I got these for one of our dogs and measured his paws to be in between 2 and 2.25 inches wide, so I went with the XS thinking the XXS would be way too tight. I was wrong. The XS were way too big, I returned them and had to size down.



    Bert is not really happy with them, but its better than his paws getting cold and having to stop every 100 feet to rub his pads to get the snow out.

    Enjoy the boots

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Got these little boots for my mini aussie. Never in a million years would I agree to getting my dog boots, but they are essential. He isn't a dog that would allow you to cut the fur between his paws, so this is the next best option.

    Initially putting the boots on:hilarious. Very awkward for a dog to have these on their feet, but I remained optimistic that he would get used to them. First day out with the boots in action, we went hiking in 2 feet of snow. I was a little worried he would stop and chew at them, but he didn't seem to notice. The only time I saw him stop to chew was on his wings of fur on his legs that I just need to trim or get the higher cut boot (polar trex). I would NOT suggest these boots if they are going at full sprint. I usually put the boots on for the hike up the canyon and remove them on the way down, since he is running/sprinting the majority of the way down. The first time I had him running at full sprint, one of them flew off. It was a good thing I had kept an eye on this, other wise I would have been SOL and had to buy another set to replace the missing one.

    Also, would suggest getting the boot liners for added comfort.

    Not for little Izzy

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I bought these because I was afraid for my pup's paws during my last backpacking trip. She has never had paw issues in the past but she had never gone on such a long backpacking trip. We were doing the highline trail, which worked out to roughly 90 miles in six days. Although my pup was noticeably tiered by the last day, her paws showed no major wear or cuts. Her muscles were giving out sooner than the paws would. As a result I never used the shoes and chose to return them. I would not get these for Australian cattle dogs. Their paws tend to be tough enough that it is unnecessary for them to put up with this ridiculousness. However I do not run on the road with my dog and other breeds that tend to wear paws faster may find that these are perfect (I mean your buying your dog vibram soles).

    Not for little Izzy

    Months later - Doc still says "no"

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got these last summer and have made Doc wear them a bunch to get over the initial weird-out feeling. However, after months of use and trying o get him adjusted I finally gave up on these boots after our weekend hiking above treeline. I'm either going back to softer boots or just sticking with mushers secret.



    We tried these with socks, without socks, we bought smaller boots when they still slipped off ... we tried everything. He tolerated them and they did a good job of protecting his feet BUT he lost significant traction on scrambles and whenever they got wet they bothered his feet (or so I assume - because he would lay down and refuse to move).



    Even when the correct sizes were velcro-ed tightly he still would drop boots on the trail regularly.



    At the end of the day - disposable booties seem to work better to protect his paws because he can (1) poke his toes through them allowing him to use his toes to climb, (2) actually feel the ground under him (I think the vibram soles are TOO stiff for many dogs - at least one's hiking on strenuous steep trails), and (3) not worry about wet shoes (hey I don't like wet shoes!).



    I'm curious about the summit trex because they seem to have a softer, more bendy bottom, and a nice gaiter to keep them on feet for longer.



    If you're using them for non-steep scrambles in dry areas they might work - but for us, they just didn't do the trick.

    Months later - Doc still says "no"

    Any ideas on how to keep these on? Our...

    Any ideas on how to keep these on? Our active dog's paws can't keep up with her so we bought these boots in hopes that it would protect her paw pads. However, we have tried everything and can not get them to stay on. We have trightened them, used the liners, wrapped them on. She is very fast and pushes off her feet quite forcefully. Any suggestions on how to keep these on or on a new kind to try?

    These are the 2012 Models...

    These are the 2012 Models...