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Great for rain and wet snow when it's not too cold!
I found one of these coats in a human clothing store and bought it last year. It is red and an XL. I wanted my chesapeake boy to wear it but it was a little to big for him. The belly was too long and he peed on it, too. I broke out the sewing machine and altered it some and used it over another coat to keep him warm and dry. It worked great. I saw these again this year and decided to measure him and order one. His measurements are: 20" neck, 34" behind the elbows, 28" along the back, 35" in abdomen, and 13" along belly from elbows to knees. The large seemed to be the one to buy and it fits him well. He is an elderly boy and has a pot belly so the coat is very snug across his belly but not tight. I have washed both of these coats with no problems. I have had no problems with the zippers either. I don't think the coat is really warm enough for when it gets down in low teens and single digits. For that I put a very thick polar fleece coat on him that I had to sew myself. When it is wet, too, he wears the Ruffwear overcoat, which is a must have item. I love thses products!!!
Keeps my boxer warm and dry. Durable. The cut out is perfect for when he needs to lift his leg..
A boxer snow shoeing..
Great jacket -- sizing not the best
I love this little jacket for my dog -- quality seems good and my dog didn't seem uncomfortable in it. I got it for my male because when my two dogs play, he always winds up rolling in dirt and mud and my plan was to get something to keep him a little cleaner and dryer. Seems to do the trick in that respect.
Tips on sizing -- I bought the small for my 50lb lab/vizsla mix -- his girth measures 25" and neck is 15" and it fits him perfect (it's a little short, but that's what I wanted to prevent him from peeing on it!). The medium would have been a better length if I wasn't worried about pee. Now, according to the sizing, it should also fit my 52lb pit/lab mix (her girth is a smidge under 27" and her neck is 16") but it was definitely too tight on her to wear comfortably (tight in girth and in the neck). She was obviously uncomfortable when we tried it on, so I would need to get a medium to fit her, and she is not a very deep-chested or broad-shouldered pitty mix.
Is this the new version of the jacket? I...
Is this the new version of the jacket? I know reviews for the old version said that it rubbed their dogs front legs raw.
This is the old version.
SIzing is odd
I LOVE this little jacket, but I agree with others that the sizing is strange. But dogs come in lots of shapes and sizes, so it is hard to standardize. I have a 30 lb. terrier mix, and the small size was too long, covering one of his "evacuation ports," so I ordered the xsmall, and that was way too tight. Needs to be something in between. However, this is such an awesome little coat that I took a cue from someone else here and brought the too-big one over to my local tailor, who, with some amusement, is going to custom-fit it. :-D
on trail in her Cloud Chaser
Works great in cold weather
I have a toy fox terrier and several large dogs. The little toy freezes any time the thermometer dips and we get snow frequently. Originally bought her an XS but returned it for an XXS - and it fits wonderfully. It is loose around the legs, but from what I have read, that is probably a good thing. She is comfortable hiking in cold weather, including snow and rain, with her new coat on. I have definitely noticed a difference in her comfort level, and she stays dry where the coat is. Now if I can find booties that fit her itty bitty feet, she'd be able to stand the snow a lot longer!
My TFT is 11 lbs and wears the XXS comfortably (with a little weight fluctuation).
Tough, durable dog jacket
This is a great jacket for my dog. He didn't really care for it the first time around, but after a few minutes he didn't seem to care anymore. It really seemed to help keep him warm in the snow. I'm fairly impressed with the construction of the jacket and the materials used. He was cruising through the woods all day and ripping through some pretty thick underbrush, trying to get the chipmunks. At the end of the day no rips, tares, or snags in the jacket. He's about 45lbs, with a 28" girth and this is a size med. This jacket is a little big on him, but the small was too small and would have caused chaffing around the legs.
Reflective Stripes work well
Ruffwear Excels Again
Argo is a 55 pound Bernese/Husky Mix. She is almost 3 years old and accompanies me on nearly every adventure, from mountains in the Cascades, rivers in the Ozarks and canyons in Southern Utah. She can take on any terrain and now with the Cloud Chaser Shell, I know almost any weather as well. I have several products from Ruffwear already (Float Coat and Palisades Pack) so I figured she would need a Medium - her measurements are 30" girth and 22" length - and the Medium fits just right. A bit snug on her front legs, but not enough to bother her and the length is perfect. It is a bit too long for my male dog of similar size, as it extends over his hips and he will pee on it if I don't pull it up when he has to go. The YKK locking zipper that pulls front to rear seems sturdy and the underlying flap will keep you from zipping up your dog's fur. The color is nice and the reflective tape works well, can actually be seen at night or dusk, which is certainly a great feature. The DuPont teflon is performing well, though with only a few uses I can't attest to the continued durability of the shell. though as with my other Ruffwear gear it will likely hold up through many rough days and fun adventures.
Does anybody have info on the sizing of...
Does anybody have info on the sizing of the XL? They're available as a size to buy, but not listed in the sizing chart. I'm looking for something to fit my Great Dane.
XL = Girth of 35"48" (89122 cm)
from Ruffwear http://www.ruffwear.com/Cloud-Chaser-Soft-Shell-Jacket_2
Our black lab loves his softshell!
Sporty dog jacket
Got this in a large for my 80lb Weimaraner. It fits him snug around the chest and is a little loose in the arms. I have read a few complaints that this jacket chafes around the arms, so I was happy to have the extra room there. This is a pretty lightweight jacket, but where it lacks in insulation, it makes up for as a moisture barrier. It seems very well made and I expect it to last a while. It doesn't get dirty easily, either (but dog hair does stick well to the fleece lining). Used it on a 9 mile hike this weekend and he kept warm while moving and experienced no chafing. He did seem a bit cold laying around camp at night, though. The only thing I would change is that although this is a softshell, it would be nice with a bit more insulation.
Great Dog Jacket!
If my dog understood performance outerwear, he would love this jacket.It's a slim fit, so he walks funny for a bit when it first goes on, but once we are outside, he forgets it's on. He likes to run through the woods, chasing scents & small critters, and this jacket has never snagged on a branch, and doesn't show any signs of wear at all! Also, in deep snow, it prevents "snowballs" from forming on his belly & upper leg fur. It keeps him really warm as well! It's really well made, with a soft fleece lining, a stretchy under panel, and a weather resistant top panel.I've read reviews of this jacket in which people complain about the zipper coming undone. The key is to flip back the zipper once its all the way zipped, as it has an auto locking mechanism built in.As far as sizing, my dog is skinny but long (60-lb lab/hound), so he fit in to a medium for the chest measurement but a large for length. I went for the medium, and it has worked out well (see picture).I've tried a few jackets on my dog, and this is my favorite. It doesn't restrict his movement, and it hold up well to (dog) abuse! I recommend it!