Because we are inspired by our outdoor pursuits–hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and paddling–it’s no surprise that our products are influenced by our local landscape. The mountains, water, and trails that surround us inspire us to build products that solve problems; so our outdoor adventures can take us farther, and longer, with our dogs.
Here are three examples of how the Central Oregon surroundings have influenced our product line.
The Lava Butte Cinder Cone just south of Bend, Oregon, is a unique part of the Central Oregon landscape. The rough, jagged pieces of volcanic rock that cover our landscape can challenge even the toughest paws. It’s conditions like these that inspired us to make rubber-soled, high traction boots. With Grip Trex™ Boots, your dog never misses out on an adventure, leaving their paws as well protected as a human in their boots.
Though adding a dog to the mix makes for a more challenging ride, it’s a feat well worth the extra effort. Die-hard Phil’s Trail riders who have pursued this endeavor know that finding quick, clean access to drinking water for their dog can be a challenge. This was the inspiration behind the SingleTrak Pack™. Our product team put their heads together to find a way for dogs to carry their own fresh water on the trail, while not expanding their profile. The result was a low-profile hydration pack that can cut through single track as easily as if the dog was wearing nothing at all.
The Deschutes River
Even though Ruff Wear’s float coats came out long before “Ride the River” in Bend, the Big Eddy™ and Portage™ Float Coats are must-have gear for an afternoon on the Deschutes. From the first 80-degree day of the year to the last, Bend is flooded with river riders who float down the river on inflatables, canoes, and kayaks—dogs included! Ruff Wear’s Float Coats allow dogs to stay safely nestled inside the craft, or swim down river alongside their human companion. The “Portage” float coat was even named after the section of the Deschutes River where Bendites must “portage” around the spillway in order to continue their float.