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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.

    • $55.00

    Item # 855790

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    • 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
    Best use
    8 ounces

    Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest

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    Rated 4.7/5 based on 10 reviews
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromKept my Aussie cool. Max used the Swamp Cooler vest for the first time today hiking the Hawes Trail in the Lower Salt River Valley. 85 plus degrees. Vest worked awesomely. Friend's dog did not have a cooling vest and we could really tell the difference. In fact my friend went straight to REI after the hike to get his dog the Swamp Cooler vest. Max loves it and I do too.
    Date published: 2014-05-23
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromGreat 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: 2014-03-15
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromMy GSD gives it two paws up. Klaus is my 1 year old German Shepard, he is mostly black and his black fur gets crazy hot in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. He loves to go into desert with me but he gets so hot you almost cant touch him. I saw this at REI when I was getting him a back pack during the winter, so I picked one up. Last week 5/14 we went into Hidden Valley to look for two F4s that crashed, and it was hot ( a dry heat, LOL ). I soaked it in the sink before we left then threw it into my Yeti ice chest. When we got there I put it on him, it was about an hour hike to get to the main impact site. When we arrived it was dry on the outside but still wet and very cool underneath, he was a happy boy. At the crash site I rewet it by putting it into a large Zip Lock and adding a 16oz bottle of water, it soaked up all 16ozs. I could tell Klaus wanted it back on. I rate it at 5 stars, even though Klaus it a 90 pound big boy I got him a medium. The large did not fit as tight as I liked even though it covered closer to his tail. He loves to jump over rocks and bushes so I felt the large would get hung up. Now I don't know and I hope never to find out but I think this will give him some added protection from a rattler, as he has zero with out it.
    Date published: 2014-05-20
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat 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: 2013-08-07
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromKeeps 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: 2013-08-28
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromRosa 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: 2013-10-22
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromHighly 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: 2013-05-28
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromSeems 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: 2013-06-19

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