i got a pic message from the op this morning. he got the vest on and secured before a cold, big water, east coast, open water hunt. i know he appreciated all the input and will likely follow up here!
With any of them, you have to cut and recement some to get them to fit properly. They are like a suit. How many folks as a percentage of the population can just wear a suit straight off the rack? That's way the stores have seamstresses and tailors. Its part of the "dog joy" to operate on a vest to get it to fit properly.
Wm. Mark Edwards
HRCH (500) UH Ellie Mae MH CGC
HRCH Tipsy MH
I got absolutely lucky that at 4:30am, by myself, I got his vest on in about 30 seconds. I'm sitting down (wheelchair)…..laid the vest on my lap…….he gets partially on my lap……..slipped legs and zipped it (first try).
I just got the cabbalas vest in mail this afternoon. I will try that too and look at Rivers West as well.
Emmy in her new neoprene vest .jpg
I am no expert and I didn't read all of these threads - but we just went hunting in North Dakota where it was 28 degrees and snowing. I bought a vest from Cabelas that fastens up the back with velcro. It was very easy to put on by myself. I also liked that it didn't have any gewgaws hanging off it to get caught on branches/weeds.
HRCH Truline's Cleopatra MH (Cleo)
Prime Time Rising Star MH ***(Emmy)
Wyco's Lena-Linda con Besos MH (Lena)
HRCH Surry's Smoking Gun SH (Sage) RIP
Licking Run's Blackberry Jam MH (Berry) RIP
Just got the Cabela's 5mm vest with the armor guard for my yellow Lab, Diesel. The velcro is nice for adjusting fit, and with a little trimming it fits him pretty good. It doesn't seem to bother him and he's used to it already. I got the blaze orange one, for pheasant hunting. He's pretty red in coloring, so he tends to blend into the cover sometimes. I can see him a lot easier now, and the armor will help protect him. He's pretty energetic when it comes to hunting, so he needs it.
Things are already icing up here in the northeast with below average temperatures. Hunting is heating up though but the challenge is keeping things from freezing .... Including my retrieving partner. Avery vest with some tailor work keeps her teeth chatter to a minimum as she swims through the slush. Propane heater helps her too ... Well I tell my hunting buddies it's for the dog
Muck Madness Retrievers
Emerald City Reba, SH
Emerald City Rosie SH
Muck Madness Hurricane MH ... "Cane"
Muck Madness Bailey's Irish Cream SH ... Bailey
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