This cool looking Premium Comfort Coat 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 with velcro or buckles, with a hoodie or with this turtleneck design, 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 designs, but they make the actual coat using your dog's measurements to be sure it will be a perfect fit. The coat in this post is an exception, though I only contacted them at the last minute when I was in the country, so we picked a little bigger size to be sure it fits Mia. You can see on the pictures that the coat is a little bigger than should be, but using these elastic strings and the big velcro panel, it is nicely adjustable.
This coat has a few features which show how much attention to details they applied for designing it - for example, the back and the neck of the jacket has elastic straps for precise adjustment. Another neat detail is the logo on the picture below: it is fluorescent - it glows in the dark :)
The coat has a wide belly band secured with velcro and also a strap with a plastic buckle to secure the coat on the back of the dog. First, it seemed unnecessary to have both, but it keeps the three thick layers in place quite well. Having these on the back makes it easier to keep the velcro away from the dirt, and since it is not touching the dog, there aren't any issues with hair covering it or the velcro rubbing the skin which were my issues with the Kurgo Loft Jacket.
I already mentioned in the review of the UsefulThingy Coat that having this fluffy fleece (?) under a coat is not necessarily the best choice since it will start soaking the water in - even if the outside of the coat is waterproof. We did two longer hikes in deep snow: one in wet snow and the other one on a freezing day. The snow stucking to the fleece wasn't really an issue on our colder hike since it will eventually fall off. At the same time, if you walk in wet snow or on a rainy day, the sides of the coat will soak in the water and the mud. The material dries fast enough at home but it can get heavy and soggy while you are on your walk.
Our other hike in the wet snow showed the interesting nature of the outside material. While the coat itself is waterproof, if you rub the water into the top layer - as it happens by the legs’ movement - it will be wet (see the second photo below). The inside of the coat and the dog under it is still dry, though; it does not let the water through.
This coat is a heavy-duty winter coat: it is hot, sturdy, and durable. Mia spent hours in it while running through forests, hitting trees and bushes, and there is no visible damage on the coat at all - I am sure it protected Mia from hurting herself with these.
This coat is on the thicker side and seeing the design being so closed around the legs; I wasn't sure if it would bother/restrict Mia's movement. Although the material is thick, it is not rigid at all so it easily moved with Mia and didn't cause any chafing or rubbing even thoughh it was touching the inside of her front legs and was in her armpits.
We used this coat a lot, even over the second winter. Mia used it for hikes, playdates, and there is not a single scratch on the outside material so far. We also had to wash it in the washing machine a few times, but the material still looks new.
After using this elastic fastener on the back of the coat a few weeks, it just broke and came off. I contacted Csinieb about this, and they are reviewing their supplier to make sure it is not happening again. They were also happy to replace it, which is only a reasonable option for you if you live closeby.
The other small issue was with their fluorescent logo on the back of the harness. Over the second season, it started to peel off slowly.
The Csinieb Premium Comfort Coat is a well-designed, good quality winter coat for those freezing days. We would not suggest using it in wet conditions since the fleece parts on the side could soak in the water and the mud. It worked for us ideally even in deep snow because the closed chest part did not allow the snow to get in under the coat and melt. The material is soft but durable, does not restrict the movement and fits the dog well. The only downside I can mention is that it is a thick coat, so it takes up quite some space in your backpack if you want to carry it with you to use it on the summit or in case the weather would turn out to be colder than expected.
A big pro for choosing this company is that you can get a custom coat which makes all the difference if your dog is hard to fit in general.
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 ;)
Many of you asked Mia's measurements to better understand the different products’ fit. Your best chance of finding a good fitting gear is always to measure (and remeasure) your dog. Even we grab the measuring tape before getting a new product - even though we tested a lot of them, and have a good feeling of her size by now.
I share her measurements below, but don't go ahead and order the same size just because your dog is similar to Mia ;)
• Shoulder height: 19.5 inches (50 cm)
• Weight: 37-44 pounds (17-20 kg)
• Widest chest circumference (where the most harness would have the chest strap): 25-26 inches (63-65 cm)
• Neck circumference for collars: 15-16 inches (38-40 cm)
• Back lengths: 22 inches (56 cm)