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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NOW YOU SEE ME - SAFETYPUP XD REFLECTIVE SAFETY VEST

Recently I have been really fortunate to have had the opportunity to review some really great gear.  One of the latest items is a reflective safety dog vest from SafetyPUP XD.

My husband and I are pretty particular about our gear and the gear we put on our dogs.  We often put our gear to the test, especially our young, very active bird dogs.  Kate, is our two year old black lab and Elsie, is our year and a half field-bred English Cocker Spaniel.

They both often object to wearing anything but their collars, but after wearing these vests for only a few minutes, they were back into their regular brush busting routine. Because both of the dogs are dark in color, with these vests on, it made really easy to find them at a glance, even in thick underbrush and low light conditions. The reflective effects are great and easily picked up with a light source. The material of the vest is lightweight but very hardy and so far very weather proof (with the moderately heavy rain fall that we experienced). They also provided a degree of warmth. The spaniel was appreciative of this after getting wet and cold during a day hike. As the weather gets colder and because of the high water resistance qualities, using a fleece undercoat with this vest on top for added warmth and protection will definitely be an alternate option.   

This vest is very easy to put on and the adjustable Velcro straps around the neck and chest make it versatile for many breed types.  These come in three sizes:  small, medium, and large.  Over all I was really impressed with both the quality and fantastic visibility that these vests offer.  I highly recommend them in a variety of environments and situations.

With that, I am proud to announce that SafetyPUP XD and T.R.E.A.D. Outdoors have teamed up and are offering a discount when you purchase a SafetyPUP XD vest through T.R.E.A.D. Outdoors' website.  Click on the link below and you will be directed to their product page.  When making your purchase, be sure to use the promo code "TREADFAN" and you will receive 10% off of your purchase!  This would be a great addition to Fido's Christmas stocking this year!






The SafetyPUP XD reflective dog vest.  
(Picture courtesy of Amazon)

All of the graphics are highly reflective.

Very nicely put together with quality stitching.

Adjustable Velcro strap.

Very cute graphic paw prints are on both sides on the hind end.

Very water and tear resilient 300D oxford weave fabric.


Kate in her element.

Elsie sporting her vest on the trail.


Elsie appreciated the longer length vest 
to cover her "badonkadonk".

This was taken at dusk under a thick forest canopy.


Kate on the trail at about 50 yards.

Kate on the trail at over 100 yards (small but still very visible).
(Click on picture for larger view)


This is what it feels like when I take Kate out...
in three places at once!  
(This picture was a bonus shot from Google+.  It is three pictures in one.)


My only minor concern with the vest was that the Velcro seemed somewhat lightweight and was a bit narrow to stay on more active and working type dogs.  The newest version however, has since fixed this potential issue.  The vest is now made with a wider, industrial Velcro to ensure security.  This will be especially important with active or working breeds.  As the owner of two very active bird dogs, I would highly recommend this product.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.  To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”   --Milan Kundera

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