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    If you had to design a handler's jacket, would you put ribbed cuffs on the sleeves (like on the Golden Lake quilted model) or velcro tabs? Also, what other features would you like to have in a handler's jacket?

    I am working on a design, and any feedd back would be greatly appreciated.

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    I'd go velcro - allow the handler to choose when to keep the sleeves tight.

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    Personally, I dislike velcro. Crew cuffs, like the old Roche jackets are the best, IMO. Easy on/off (esp leaving the line after you have run so as not to interfere with the next dog/handler) which can be a problem when you have a dog on lead, jackets don't get stuck to other clothing, doesn't tangle in the wash, etc. Most important, the continual velcro/unvelcro will eventually fatigue the attaching material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granddaddy View Post
    Personally, I dislike velcro. Crew cuffs, like the old Roche jackets are the best, IMO. Easy on/off (esp leaving the line after you have run so as not to interfere with the next dog/handler) which can be a problem when you have a dog on lead, jackets don't get stuck to other clothing, doesn't tangle in the wash, etc. Most important, the continual velcro/unvelcro will eventually fatigue the attaching material.
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    Ditto to what David said.

    I have two Roche jackets and if you want to make a great handlers jacket I would take a look at how they made their jackets. They are no longer in business. If you could make a jacket like a Roche I would buy it. They made two jackets one with the open mesh in the back, and a reversible white/black. One thing David forgot to mention is the Roche also was made so it would not ride up your back when giving a cast and the sleeves do not pull down when giving a cast and they are water resistant in a light rain.
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    +1 on the Roche design. That's who made the jackets Tritronics used to carry.

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    The jackets I use came with velcro but I had elastic put in all the cuffs.

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    Not important at a trial but for training, I like big pockets.
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    I have one that is velcro that snags on everything. Very annoying. I have one that is simple elastic--keeps stretching or giving out. One with ribbed cuffs would be WONDERFUL. Let me know where I can get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard N View Post
    Not important at a trial but for training, I like big pockets.
    Big pockets are important. Vertical pockets that easily hold a lead, various transmitters, bottles of primers or blanks, blank pistol, etc. Vertical is nice so the stuff does not fall out.

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