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Ruffwear Track Jacket

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With the Ruffwear Track Jacket, rest assured that your dog won't get lost whether you two are hiking through a dense forest, snowshoeing across the snowcapped Alps, or just walking around the neighborhood at night. Ruffwear's designers studied the movements of active dogs and made the Track jacket so your dog will barely notice it while he or she runs, jumps, and ducks. The durable and waterproof fabric ensures your pooch won't tear it up zigzagging through trees and boulders. And if the reflective nylon isn't bright enough for you, there are three separate light loops for attaching safety lights.

  • Highly visible blaze orange nylon with integrated reflective print makes your dog shine
  • Three light loops make it easy for you to attach your safety lights
  • Two adjustable straps ergonomically designed for the active dog
  • Lightweight tension hooks offer quick and secure connection
  • Durable, waterproof nylon
  • Item #RUF0111

Tech Specs

[exterior] ripstop nylon, [interior] mesh
Recommended Use
walking, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, crosscountry
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

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The most blazin' orange jacket around

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Blaze orange seems to be less of a concern out West, but where I'm from back East, it was a requirement for running around in the woods during hunting season. My plott hound can disappear in any terrain only a few feet away from us, and doesn't understand why we're calling her constantly when she's like "I'm right here?" This is some seriously intense orange. There are spacecrafts lightyears away that have spotted my girl bounding through the woods in this thing. What's more, is, it's evidently very comfortable. She doesn't seem to care to take it off. For reference, she's a lean 85lbs. - a tall lanky dog with a big ribcage and skinny in her waist/hips. The L/XL was perfect because it's long enough to cover most of her back, and the adjustments make it fit a huge range of sizes. My yellow lab is a very classic stocky retriever shape at about 75 lbs, and I could make this fit him if I cinched it down.

The most blazin' orange jacket around

Track Jacket - Visibility Galore!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My dog happens to be the exact color of the ground and tree trunks in Utah. So when we go hiking, backpacking, or mountain biking, he is almost impossible see, even just a few feet away; naturally it's even more difficult at distance.

This jacket changes everything! He is easily visible for what feels like miles (10's of yards??). More importantly the jacket doesn't restrict his movement at all. He is just as fast, agile, and able to jump as high as ever.

He's 35LBs and the S/M fit perfectly, with the straps cinched up most of the way; meaning there is a lot of adjustability for a dog larger than him.

Track Jacket - Visibility Galore!!!

It stays on!

I took this video to show you the extent to which Doc rolls - add this level of rolling with lots of bushwhacking (yesterday we attempted to get through dense bittersweet and multiflora rose) and it's amazing the vest still stays on! This jacket can stand up to anything.

Great Vest!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This vest is wonderful. The orange is very bright, and makes spotting our golden extremely easy in the woods. We got the L/XL, which fits our 70lb girl well for length, but has a little extra room in the chest. Our dog has been hiking, and swimming in this, and the durability is amazing. We bought our first Ruff Wear vest 12 years ago, and still have it- just a little faded! I can only hope this one lasts as long!

Great Vest!

Super bright and comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is really bright and fits my 65 lb GSD great, with room to grow (got the L/XL). When she gets deep in the trees - if there is any line of sight - I can see her with the blaze orange. She does not seem to mind it a bit, even in the humid south heat. I have yet to try it in the water, but when it rains it beads right off.

Super bright and comfortable

New Vs Old

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Doc has both the new and old version of the Track Jacket - I was skeptical of the new one because it's not the same ripstop lightweight water resistant fabric that the old one has and doesn't have buckles (instead the hooks slide into little slots).

I was afraid that this new version would come off him easier (he likes to roll) but I'm pleased to say that it does stay on him no matter what he seems to do. They are a little difficult to attach at times. I'm also happy that despite the new fabric It is also pretty water resistant and doesn't seem to get soaked.

It runs a little "longer" than the old one which is good and bad.

I'm guessing the new fabric might make it more "breathable" for him but I don't know since he doesn't talk. I like that there are more attachment points for lights, bells, and poop bags if you get creative. I also like that it comes down in front of his chest keeping it more centered. The central strap is also "padded" better than the old straps.

Overall it's a pretty good option if you want something blaze orange for high-viz. It is SUPER bright and reflective as this photo shows.

I'm glad I have both the new and old since they seem to serve some-what different purposes.

New Vs Old
Unanswered Question

Can this be used when you have your dog on a leash and over a harness? I connect her leash to a harness (not her collar). Will this work using this set up, or can this take the place of the harness?

I have a 95lb black lab and am not sure if the large will fit him. Should I be measuring his girth right behind his front legs? I see in the comments the people who have bought the large to fit their 65-70lb dogs. My dog is tall and lean for a lab but is still about 20lbs heavier than those described in the comments.

Does this serve the same purpose as a life...

Does this serve the same purpose as a life jacket? Does it help the dog float? My dog has a 22 inch chest and a 15-17 inch neck, what size would you recommend getting if I do order it?

Best Answer

Unfortunately, this is not a life jacket. It will not help your dog float at all. This is simply a jacket for moisture protection, general protection and visibility.

Here is a link to a ruff wear Life jacket. With the life jacket in the link, your dog would be right on the line between an XS and SM. 22 inches being the largest size for an XS and the smallest size for a Small.