Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets

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Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
Last week we drove to two hours to reach a certain peak we wanted to hike up, only to have to turn around. Why? Once we got close to the trailhead, there were tons of hunters out in their blaze orange. One guy stopped us on our drive and said, "You got some blaze, right?" We kind of mumbled, and was very adamant about letting us know we wouldn't be very safe hiking without any orange on, especially having a dog that is colored like a deer. Needless to say, as soon as we got to the TH, we turned right around. As soon as we got into service I searched for the best blaze orange Dog vests so that we wouldn't run into this problem again. 

I found many velcro-style options for pretty cheap (around $20 on Amazon), but with all the running and jumping Charlie does, we needed something more secure. We own both Ruffwear's Approach Pack for backpacking and the Ruffwear Quinzee Coat, so I figured they would have something. Sure enough, Amazon sells the Ruffwear Track Jacket for $40, a blaze orange, lightweight vest for dogs for superior visibility and protection from hunters.
Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
The most important feature for us was buckles, not velcro. If you have a long haired dog, or one that likes to run and jump through brush, velcro will tear apart under your dogs belly. I didn't realize that when I bought this, that they weren't actual buckles, but more of a hook-style. It's still better than velcro, but why didn't Ruffwear just make them buckles?! One nice thing is that the velcro around the side adjustments wraps around to keep the un-used straps from flying around. There is a hook on each side of the vest.
Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
The front part easily slips over your dogs head, and is made from mesh for breathability. With all Ruffwear coats/vests, there is a spot to write your dogs name and your phone number in case they (or the coat) gets lost.
Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
 Charlie tests out the Ruffwear Track Jacket. He is a 70 lb Golden Lab, and wears a size L/XL.
Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
 Side view of the Track Jacket. You can see that the jacket fits securely around his belly and around his neck. There are three spots where you can place a beacon light for extra visibility at night. There are also two reflective prints paralleling each side. The jacket itself is made of a light fabric, not plastic, so it is machine washable. Wash in cold water, then hang dry.
Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
 The mesh around the neck is flexible allowing for maximum movement of your dog, no matter how active they are.
Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs
Safe pup = Happy dog Mama!

I feel so much better that Charlie will be seen both on and off trails. We often hike on a hillside with no trail, and hunters could easily be in the area. Whether you are walking around the neighborhood, or hiking the trails, this Track Jacket combined with a collar light at night is sure to keep your dogs safe, seen, and protected.

For sizing, refer to Ruffwear's Sizing Guide.

PROS
Lightweight
Extreme visibilty
Reflective
Machine washable
Simple design
Affordable at only $40

CONS
I wish the hooks were actual buckles

You can buy the Ruffwear Track Jacket on Amazon or Ruffwear.com.


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Ruffwear Track Jacket for Pets gear review, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, blaze orange for dogs

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review! Olive has a cheaper jacket/velcro style and it does come off time to time. I will have to definitely try this one for her! I love having the bright orange not only for hunters on the trail, but also for mountain bikers coming down fast (never hurts to be more visible!)

    Katie @ Katie Wanders
    www.katiewanders.com

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    1. Oh yah I think I have seen her in that jacket. Yes, this would be good for bikers to see too! -Alicia

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  2. Ruffwear makes a lot of bright orange products in their other gear too. That's why I got the orange style ruffwear front range harness for Watson and the orange approach pack for Maya! Great review! - Heather @ explorewithheather.com

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