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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a large lab! Our lab Fionn is 115 lbs and almost 40 inches in the chest. We struggle to find harnesses, vests, and neoprene coats to fit him well. This Float Coat not only fits perfectly, but also allows him to move great in the water. We wanted something to give him support while he swims along when we kayak. This PFD is just what we were looking for. As a bonus it apparently is extremely comfortable for him because he doesn't mind wearing for long periods while we are at the house. My kids think he looks cute in it so they randomly put it on him at home.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy handle I bought this to take our 25lb cattle dog and our 55lb catahoula on the paddleboard. The adjustable neck and chest sections allow me to use the same lifejacket for both dogs, which is great! (since only one dog at a time on the SUP). The bright color and strong sturdy handle were the main reasons behind the purchase and have not disappointed. I know I can lift my dog back onto the board/boat/kayak whatever and the lifejacket will support him.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Float Coat The Ruffwear Float Coat was a perfect purchase. Our 5 year old hound dog hates the water. The handle made it super easy to pick him up and put him in the water off our boat dock and let him swim a short way to a Maui Pad. He seemed to love doing that with the float coat on! A huge improvement over other times we have been to the lake and he's been in the water without it. I could tell it was building his confidence at swimming! The coat fit great (made sure I measured Ricky first) and like that the cords are short and can be wrapped up nice and tidy after tightening. Other friends dogs had cheaper different brand float coats on and the velcro and straps looked messy and uncomfortable on their dogs. Definitely glad we purchased it!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Dog Vest Great vest. We have a new puppy. He loves the water but still needs a little help. He is confortable in the vest sitting on the board and while swimming. He doesn't seem to know he is wearing a life jacket. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality I bought this vest 4 years ago. I probably use it less than 8 times each year, but it is still holding up very well and feels just as sturdy and looks just as new as it did when I first bought it. The handle up top is probably my favorite part. It's great for helping my dog in and out of the kayak, and it really helped out the one time she went overboard. She gets excited to put it on!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Quality, Runs Small I purchased this product based on measurement specs given on the Ruffwear website. The medium is too small for my lab. Will need to order a larger one since my local REI does not carry this in stock.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great PDF's for my girls These PDF's worked great for our two GS. They felt comfortable wearing them and caused no chafing under their legs. I got the large size for both of them.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Float Coat for our Standard Poodle Bought this for our 60 lb poodle so when she jumps out of my kayak and I can't lift her back into it, I can tow her back to shore if she gets tired! I was worried it might ride up on her in the water but it stayed in place when she took a swim. Easy to put on and take off. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-07-16
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Questions & Answers

Could you guys get an XXS for my little dude?

Asked by: PghAlyssa
As of July 2017, we do not plan to stock size XXS. All available sizes are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-06

How strong is it?  We take our golden retriever paddleboarding and need to hoist her on the boards 10-20 times each time. She weights 65lbs. will it break quickly or can it handle that?

Asked by: PattyC
The handle is designed to be durable and allow you to lift your dog out of the water multiple times.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-17

How are the measurements for the chest best taken (anatomical landmarks to measure point to point)?

Asked by: Seekerfelicis
Ruffwear recommends measuring around the widest part of the rib cage for the dogs girth.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-20

I purchaed a small ruffwear life jacet when my pup was 9 months old antcipating a change of size in a few months ( chest 21"). At 14 months it is still too big. May I order the xsmall size then exchange it? Not used yet.

Asked by: Bonnie
Yes, you have one year to make a return or exchange a product purchased on and REI Garage. You can see more about our return policy at the link below.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-22
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