Jameswrote a review of Astral Bird Dog Life Jacket on June 20, 2011
I recently ordered the large bird dog pfd for my 80 lb black lab. He has a girth of about 34.5 inches in the thickest part of his chest. The sizing chart said the large was good for a girth between 31 and 40 inches. However, after putting this pfd on my dog I noticed I had maxed out the length on the buckles and could barely clip them under his belly. There is no way the large can extend to fit 40 inches, I had mine maxed out at 34.5 inches. It was so tight on him it messed with his balance and he couldn't even stand up.
However, Backcountry has great customer service and I am returning it for a full refund, including the 2 day shipping cost. The pfd is fantastic so I ordered an XL. Just be careful when sizing your dog for this pfd so you dont run into the same issue as I did, my dog is still pissed he missed a weekend on the boat.