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On a hot day, your dog will appreciate the cooling effect of the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Vest. Just soak this vest with water, secure around your dog, and as the water evaporates away from the three-layer material, the cooling effect of the evaporation will help your pooch beat the heat. And for dogs with dark-colored fur, the light color of the Swamp Cooler will be particularly helpful when the sun is beating down.
- Vest utilizes three-layer construction with an outer layer designed to encourage evaporation, a middle layer that stores water for evaporation, and an inner layer the transfers the cooling effect of the evaporation process
- Contoured fit is designed to secure around your dog's chest and then taper towards the haunches with large leg openings for full range of motion
- Side-release buckles make it easy to slide this vest on your dog and secure it in place without fumbling around
- Reflective trim improves visibility at dusk and dawn, and a loop allows you to attach a light so it's easier to spot your pooch in the dark
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This vest beats the NC heat!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Indy, my border collie mix, has a neurological disorder that causes seizures in warmer weather and prevents him from getting the exercise he needs. It's hard enough to keep him cool with that thick black coat of his! Since we started using the swamp cooler vest I have noticed a significant difference in his energy level and panting while outdoors. When you place your hand on his back underneath the vest you can feel the difference; his fur is cool and airy. Indy knows that when his vest comes out, it's time for an adventure. :)
Backcountry.com's phenomenal customer service rep made sure we got a vest that suited our needs and fit him properly when I found his measurements were in between sizes. For size reference-- Indy is 50 lbs and wears size M.
Is the ice blue vest ... last year's model...
Is the ice blue vest ... last year's model ..... which year has a better fit .... (more adjustable) thanks .... Audrey Podl
The "ice blue" it last years model. The newer model has a little more of a contoured fit and the side buckles have been placed lower on the jacket so they are not high up on your dog's back and prone to snagging.
Here is a size Large on our 90lb newfie. This vest goes with us everywhere, she loves it!
Makes hikes last longer!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My dog struggles with temperatures that rise above the mid 70's and so this vest had really helped with hiking here in Wisconsin in the spring and summer. She has been able to last much longer and go much farther. I like that it works in both the dry and humid weather as we get both here. When I refresh the cooler and put it on her, she gets very spunky. Prior to finding this item, I had to keep our hikes to only a couple of miles and time it to a cooler time of day. It is nice because you can recharge it with whatever water you have handy; I have recharged it in a lake, river, water fountain, etc. It always washes clean. It is made of high quality material that has held up well against tough terrain (we were bushwacking through raspberry brambles and it didn't snag). It hasn't damaged my leather seats in my car either. The only downside is that if it isn't fitting just right the bottom panel can chafe against the dog's chest and my dog has barely any hair there and she also loses weight as the summer goes on. But, the benefits far outweigh the one downside. I would definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of purchasing it, well worth the money.
Finding caves in Southern Wisconsin on a hot and humid summer day.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My pug hates to put it on, but once it's on he's OK with it. It does help keep him cooler here in Texas, but once the temp is at or over 100 it doesn't help as much because his head gets hot. But it does allow him to stay outside for more than 5 or 10 minutes as long as he's in the shade. He wears the XS and it's the perfect size for him. the only complaint I have is the connector buckles are waaay up under a flap of fabric and it's a little difficult to snap them in place with wet or damp hands. Otherwise, great vest that we both highly recommend!
We have a newfoundland pup, so it was pretty much essential to get this. Her girth measures 32" and we picked up the Large. It is VERY adjustable, you can definitely tighten it up there. It's very easy to get on and off with both straps, and the length was perfect! She seems to like it too, which is a plus. Can't wait to get this out into more weather and adventures!
So the lengths of the LARGE is 110 cm and...
So the lengths of the LARGE is 110 cm and the EXTRA LARGE is 122 cm. My dog only measures 70 cm - maybe I should go with the LARGE and hopefully there is some space of adjustment as you can see from the photo he has quite a thick neck at the shoulders. Looking at the vest the leg 'gaps' look spacious and so I am hoping there is room to play with.
P.s. Just for the record, do you have last year's in his size because that looks like a good bargain to me?
Thanks and regards,
He is BEAUTIFUL, thanks for sending a picture!
The girth measurement is really the only one that matters for sizing this product. Make sure you are measuring the widest part of his chest. I suggest checking out this RUFFwear video on their website! If he is 38 inches around, then the size L should be the best for him.
I also double checked on last year's model in our OUTLET section, and unfortunately we only have the XXS size renaming in stock, not ideal for your pooch I'm afraid.
I also found a really great and comprehensive review here: http://www.intrepidpup.com/2013/05/31/swampcooler/#.UeAtWjugV2w
Thank you for your prompt response - it...
Thank you for your prompt response - it was helpful but now I am not sure what size to order. I understand that this years swamp cooler has changed slightly with colours design and sizing, but my dog appears to have strange measurements (don't get me wrong it appears to be in proportion but must be a little different from the average. His length is approximately 70 cm (28") but his chest is approx. 38" (97 cm). Its hard to tell where his neck stops and his shoulders begin. If I measure from where he wears his collar he is a bit longer. He is a very deep chested curly coated retriever. I have sent a photograph.
That's a really pretty dog. The length of his torso really doesn't matter for sizing. You really want to pay attention to the girth of his chest. If you measured 38" then you'd probably want to go with a large or even extra-large. Both sizes will accomodate his chest, however the XL would give more coverage lengthwise. Hope this helps.
Hiya, Eventually I will find my way round...
Hiya, Eventually I will find my way round the site and post the question in the correct place - sorry about that.
Anyway. I would like to purchase a Swamp Cooler Dog Vest. I can pay on paypal immediately, but do you ship free of charge to England.
You can pay with Paypal if you wish. There is an option when you go to your shopping cart that indicates your desire to use paypal. Unfortunately if you look at the shipping information, free shipping does not qualify for international orders. Hope this helps.
We do ship the the UK! However we unfortunatly do not offer free international shipping at this time. If you add this swamp cooler dog vest to your cart, and change your shipping country to the UK, you should see the different shipping options and costs show up on the checkout page. Feel free to chat in with one of our Gearheads and we would be happy to assist you with any further questions.
Correct size for Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. ...
Correct size for Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. Dog's (2.5 yr old 108 lb Cane Corso Mastiff) girth is exactly 36 inches; his top back length is 29 1/2 inches . I want the most coverage for him. Should I get the size L or the size XL?
I would recommend getting the size XL. This will offer more coverage, but it will still fit him through the girth.