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Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest


    Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest

    Help your dog keep its cool in the heat with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Vest—so it can enjoy being with you hiking a desert canyon or walking a city park on a hot day. See details

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    Item # 855790

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    Help your dog keep its cool in the heat with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Vest—so it can enjoy being with you hiking a desert canyon or walking a city park on a hot day.

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    Help your dog keep its cool in the heat with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Vest—so it can enjoy being with you hiking a desert canyon or walking a city park on a hot day.

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    Help your dog keep its cool in the heat with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Vest—so it can enjoy being with you hiking a desert canyon or walking a city park on a hot day.

    • The evaporative cooling process is what makes this vest work—simply soak the vest with water, wring it out, strap it on and heat is dissipated as the water evaporates
    • Wicking mesh layer on top facilitates evaporation and releases heat, middle layer absorbs and stores cooling water, and bottom layer transfers the cool to your dog
    • Light-colored fabric reflects sunlight and heat to increase cooling efficiency
    • Ergonomic cut wraps back and chest to offer a comfortable fit that stays in place; quick-release buckles allow an adjustable fit and easy on/off convenience
    • Attachment loop situated between dog's shoulder blades offers a clip point for a beacon light (light sold separately); reflective trim enhances visibility in low light

    Sizing is based on girth. For girth, measure around the widest part of your dog's rib cage.

    • XX-Small: 13 - 17 in. girth
    • X-Small: 17 - 22 in. girth
    • Small: 22 - 27 in. girth
    • Medium: 27 - 32 in. girth
    • Large: 32 - 36 in. girth
    • X Large: 36 - 42 in. girth

    Please note: Ruffwear products can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.


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    Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest Specs
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    8 ounces

    Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest

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    Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended 4 all dogs in summer! Love these vests! I have bought three of them, in all sizes, for my pack in Phoenix. This is a great product: keeps dog cool in hot weather. I wash it everyday in the summer, and the material is high-quality and long-lasting! Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems to Work I bought this for my older dog for our 1 hour hikes. When it gets above 80 degrees he acts like he is going to die. I bought this vest to help the situation. It fits well and seems to be doing the job. You should wet the vest well and also wet the dogs fur. The vest along with being wet, will help the fur retain its wetness. I have only used it for 1 hour walks. I think after 1 hour you may need to figure out how you can re-wet the vest.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great vest for low humidity & high heat This vest is great! I have a border collie and about 90 degrees he becomes greatly impacted by the heat. In the middle of a Phoenix summer sometimes are lows at night are only 95 degrees. This jacket keeps his back cool to the touch and allows him to increase his activity for longer periods of time and recover (stop panting) in about a third of the time. Best tip is to get a old gatorade bottle fill it with tap water and put it in the fridge and when you get to the bark park, or trail heat pour that chilled water on the jacket. Note the top level drys out very quick, put your hand between the jacket and fur to see if it needs a re charge, you will be surprised. Open weave fo the top fabric will snag easily on branches, but has yet to tear. Chest strap has a deep fit ( think boxer chest). my border collie does not have that deep of a chest but it fits around his stomach just fine and does not shift. About 40% humidity i have seen this vest start to lose some of its amazing cooling ability. due to the evaporative cooling method it uses. Dont expect wonders from this vest if you live in Houston in the summer. Love this thing and if you are thinking about it just buy it, your dog will love you. Kept my hyper active border collie from destroying my house due to all of his energy this summer. For that RUFF WEAR i am grateful!!!
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rosa like her Cooling Swamp vest The purpose was our jogging tours at the French Mediterranean coast, where the temperature easily rises above 34°C (93°F). The Swamp cooling vest was cable to keep her back; shoulder and chest nice chill during the daily one hour run. People who did not know this cooling vest, looked suspicious at us, and maybe wondering; why we were mistreat our dog with clothes in such a heat. A kind of info on the side of the vest like "Cooling Vest" could alleviate the suspicious expressions from other people. I will buy again; Yes! If the dog have short and not too thick fur.
    Date published: 2014-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the price!! I decided to really put this vest to the test. I used it at the dog park on a 105 degree day in Salt Lake City Utah where it is quite arid. The dogs made it 45 minutes running around the dog park and I had to rewet the vests once. There were panting but not heavily. They can make it an hour and a half to two hours on an 80-90 degree day without the vests so I think that 45 minutes on a 105 degree day is a success. The vests fit perfect. My Cocker Spaniel who is a bit small for her breed, could have been a size XS or small as the two sizes have some overlap. The small was longer than her back which was nice but a bit bulky in the chest. The XS fit perfectly in the chest but was a little shorter on the back that I would have preferred. If you dog falls into the category of possibly fitting 2 sizes I would go for the smaller. When you put your hand under these vests it is very cool to the touch. Well worth the price!
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps black dog in desert nice and cool. I have a black shaggy dog. Needless to say, he gets hot in the summer. So hot that he can't really do anything during the day. The swamp cooler vest has made hiking so much nicer. He is able to keep going and no more lying on the ground panting.
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Item I love this swamp vest and the dog loves it to keeps her nice and cool in the warm spring months and will be great for the hot summer here in Arizona
    Date published: 2014-03-21

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