|Believe me, butter WOULD melt…|
Cats in hats and dogs in coats never fail to make me laugh but recently seeing my daft little pooch Sam shiver during cold weather I’ve had to join the league of those who dress their dogs; but at least recent trends in outdoor gear are spreading into doggy fashion so he can sort of look the part.
The large supermarket style chain of pet-supplies called Pets At Home has an own-brand which I’ve noticed has lately replaced the excellent RuffWear on their shelves, so I thought I’d get one of their Rambler Coats to try out.
The coat is made from a material (nylon and lycra) which feels a bit like a softshell and is water resistant. It’s lined with a soft microfleece material, presumably to trap a bit of warm air in it.
|Ooh, mud! Let’s roll!|
We’ve tested it in the rain and mud and it survives a shower well. It does eventually get sodden, but by putting a hand underneath it you can tell that the dog itself is less wet, and more warm than without the jacket.
Fixed on with a large Velcro tab around the Dog’s neck, and a simple webbing buckle at the side, the jacket is secure at full running-speed and stays on in streams and puddles (both very well tested). It does twist on the dog quite badly, but I don’t see how you could get around this without using leg-straps.
The coat has reflective piping down both sides, which is a nice touch in these darker winder days. But that’s the only notable feature. Amusingly, the packaging says that it’s “Breathable”… which is nice, but dogs don’t sweat! What it does mean that any water that gets under the coat can evaporate more readily.
The Rambler coat is available in red and grey, and is machine washable.
SUMMARY: For what it is, the Rambler coat is well made and simple. It won’t keep your dog that warm, or that dry, but it will help a bit. Irritating when it twists on the dog letting rain get underneath, which may be not helped by the inner surface being a smooth fleece, so probably not going to work over longer periods outdoors. That said, it doesn’t impede the dog in any way, and adds a bit of visibility. Middle of the road, but decent for the price.