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UsefulThingy Coat

About the coat

I received this coat back in the fall right before a 3-day rain, so I had the perfect opportunity to test it.

The design of the coat is nice, it has reflective parts on the sides and also a zipper on the back to access the harness if you prefer to use that under the coat. The zippers are not the easiest to use since they are tiny-tiny but there is an extra coverage above it and even under the zipper to be sure the rain doesn’t go through - unless you use it with a harness than it will go through anyway.

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The fleece internal is nice, soft and warm but it’s probably not warm enough for the winter. The fleece is also not the best for a rainy and muddy day since it will soak it in sooner or later and it doesn’t look appealing and it will not help to keep the dog warm. While I like the design of the coat on the high level, it has some parts where you can see they didn’t spend too much time with the details.

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The coat has a rubber thingy at the end which supposed to hold it in place by fixing it to the dog’s tail. Well… Even if the coat would be long enough to go back there, I am pretty sure Mia would not take a step with that around her tail. And I don’t really want to imagine what happens when the dog runs… See how far the coat is from the tail on the picture when Mia is running.

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It can be a short hair dog problem, but my biggest issue with the coat is the sliding. It slides a lot to the sides when the dog walks. This not only looks weird, but one side of the dog always gets wet than the coat will slide to the other side, soaks in the water while the other side gets rained on etc. Most of the middle part of the back is still covered, but you see on the pictures that it is always on one side.

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The outside of the coat looks sturdy enough, I think it can handle going through bushes but dirt and thistle can stick to the fleece part on the sides/front easily.

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It also doesn’t work if it’s too windy because the flimsy coat will flip up - like an umbrella (unless you manage to put the rubber thingy around the tail).

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Review Summary

If you want something for a low price that you will only use sometimes when it’s pouring, but you have to run out with your dog, go for it! It is waterproof, you can easily store it in a small space and it is easy to put on. If you want something that you can use for long walks, hikes, or as a serious winter coat, keep looking.

It is a well-designed coat, and it’s good for this price, but I feel they tried to fulfill too many requirements. Based on the fleece part, it could be good for a snowy/dry winter walk but it is not warm enough for that, and it’s too flimsy to stay in place. The top layer is great for rain, but then you will have the mud dripping from the fleece part. This approach is like buying all-season tires for your car - it’s okay but not great in any season.

Looking at their website, I think this coat would work much better on a dog with a stronger build - there is a reason why on the promo pictures they have Golden Retrivers and Boston Terriers.

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Where to buy

You can find this coat on Amazon.

The sizing is a little tricky, Mia needed XL, so be sure to check the sizing chart. Looking at the pictures, a large one would might stay in place better on Mia but with a rain coat, I wanted to cover as much from her back as possible. Also the size chart asks for chest girth but if you look at the pictures, the chest strap is farther back on the dog so be sure to measure it there.

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And a perfect closing picture:

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