When you’re gearing up to head out for a winter adventure, one of the most important decisions you make is what coat and layering system you are going to wear. To make this decision, you typically weigh in factors like temperature, wind, precipitation (frozen or liquid) and the forecast. You dig through the closet for fleece layers, soft shells, puffy coats and many other layers. Ruffwear has designed four different dog coats, taking all of the same weather factors into account, to make sure that your dog can enjoy inclement weather outings as comfortably as you.
Here’s a quick summary of each of our dog jackets to make your decision easier on what coat is the best for your dog, based on your future adventure plans. To make it even simpler, you will find a comparison chart of all of the coats at the bottom of this post.
As you start to layer for a cool weather adventure, one consistent go-to piece is a soft, warm fleece base layer. Ruffwear has designed the Climate Changer to be just that – a lightweight, breathable warm fleece jacket with excellent belly coverage that dries quickly.
The Climate Changer was redesigned in 2012 with two goals in mind – keeping dogs warm while reducing the impact on our environment. The polyester fleece is made of 75% recycled materials and is completely recyclable when you are ready to retire it after years of use and abuse. Topping off this simple, yet feature-rich layer is a full-length zipper providing a secure fit, integrated reflective trim for increased visibility in low light conditions and a light loop near the neck to attach The Beacon™ or any other safety light.
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When you are heading out for an adventure and have a hunch that the weather could turn for the worse, reach for our most technical soft shell layer – the Cloud Chaser. The Cloud Chaser is great for cold, snowy, wet and inclement weather outings.
This coat’s durable upper panel is both waterproof and windproof protecting dogs from rain, snow and frigid winds. The coated, four-way stretch lower panel material provides excellent coverage that sheds water, snow and dirt. Lining both the upper and lower panels inside the coat is a warm fleece layer that retains the dog’s core body heat to keep them warm for extended winter outings
A full-length side zipper allows for easy on/off as well as providing a snug fit, eliminating the chance of snow collecting in the underside of the jacket. To increase low-light visibility, our designers added reflective trim on both sides of the coat as well as a light loop for attaching The Beacon or any other safety light.
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The K-9 Overcoat™
Ruffwear’s classic tough, cold-weather utility jacket is the K-9 Overcoat. If you were to just have one dog coat for a variety of conditions, this would be your best option.
The abrasion- and weather-resistant outer shell is made of 100% recycled polyester while the recycled inner fleece lining provides warm, soft insulation retaining body heat. Instead of a zipper, this coat has two side-release buckles that are sheltered (hidden under the outer shell) to increase durability and prevent snagging as bushes and branches brush up against active dogs. This coat also features reflective trim and a light loop for attaching The Beacon safety light – great for low-light visibility.
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We designed the The Quinzee, to be your dog’s lightweight, packable puffy coat – excellent for outings in extremely cold, crisp conditions. An integrated stuff sack means you can easily make this coat small enough to fit in a corner of your pack.
The Quinzee is filled with synthetic Thermore™ insulation. This insulating layer traps the dog’s core body heat keeping them warm in extreme cold temperatures. An added bonus, this Thermore insulation is made of 50% recycled materials. The outer shell fabric is weather, snag and abrasion resistant and contains 40% recycled materials. Like the K-9 Overcoat, the Quinzee has two side release buckles. The neck of the coat features a zippered collar for easy on and off for dogs with larger heads. Low-light visibility is made possible with reflective trim and a light loop for attaching The Beacon or other safety light.
Shop the Quinzee HERE.