This awesome Sport Jacket was made by Csinieb which is a small Hungarian company. They do an incredible job of coming up with different designs and fulfilling all your requirements. They can make a coat for you from different colors, with velcro or buckles, with holes for the collar and harness or without them to make it more waterproof - just tell them what you have in mind, and they will make it happen!
Csinieb has a few different types of coat styles, but they always make the actual coat using your dog’s measurements and needs to be sure it will be a perfect fit. Even just looking at the pictures you can see that they did an amazing job with this coat: it fits Mia like a second skin - not too tight, not loose - just perfect!
The Sport Jacket is made from a waterproof neoprene material with fleece on the sides and the inside. While the coat is lightweight and thin, the neoprene material keeps the heat inside and protects from the wind.
I like that the coat covers the chest, the stomach, and the shoulders completely. This is important because if you are doing any kind of training where the dog has to wait between turns (like agility), you want to keep all these warm to minimize the chances of an injury. The “turtleneck” can be extended completely for dogs with longer necks (like greyhounds) and can be rolled back as seen on the pictures here.
The downside of the full-body coverage is that you have to pull the coat over the dog’s head and lift up one leg to get the coat on. In the case of my coat, the zipper is on the left side - blending in the reflective stripe nicely.
The zipper is small but starts right behind the leg so it is much easier to use than the one on the Didog Coat that I always had a hard time with.
On the order form you can choose if you want to add a hole for the collar for free. I think it is most useful if you have a greyhound type dog with a long neck or maybe a small dog; I haven’t used it much with Mia.
The coat covers as much from the stomach as possible to keep the cold and snow away but well… they had to make sure it also fits male dogs. For this reason, they left the coat a little shorter on the stomach but used an elastic piece to hold the back of the coat down instead of making it floppy in the wind.
The inside of the coat and the orange parts on the outside are made from fleece material. I was originally concerned about it because fleece usually absorbs water well but I was surprised to have no trouble with it so far. We went for a hike in wet snow and it did not stick to the coat at all. I haven’t had a chance yet to see how water proof it is in rain, I will update this post if I have a different experience in the future.
The one definite con of the fleece material is that it’s a hair magnet. It collects all the loose hair from the dog - much more than the fluffier Csinieb Premium Comfort Winter Coat did which also surprised me.
The best thing in this coat is that it does not restrict the movement at all, it is not bulky or fluffy but provides everything that you need for a hike or a training during the cold months.
The Csinieb Sport Coat is probably the best fall/spring coat we tested so far. It is not a serious winter coat (at least not during the incredibly cold New England winter) if you just walk around slowly with your leashed dog. At the same time it does exactly what the website says: keeps the active dogs warm without overheating them even on cold days with keeping the heat inside. The coat is closed, windproof and the brown part of the coat is definitely waterproof. I like that it’s really easy to store: the lightweight, softshell material fits easily into your backpack. It’s really like a second skin that keeps your pup safe and warm during your adventures.
You can buy this coat from Csinieb on their website. Since their English website is not available yet, feel free to shoot them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing what you have in mind. They do ship abroad ;)