Non-stop Dogwear was founded in Norway only ten years ago, and today you can find their products in over 1,000 stores in 22 countries. We love their passion for designing the best-fitting dog harnesses to “release their potential,” as their slogan says. Their focus is on pulling harnesses and other types of equipment for skijoring, canicross, etc. but as today they also have two harnesses more suited for everyday dog walks.
The Beta Pro Rain Coat is a lightweight raincoat for those days when it's pouring but not cold yet. It's hard to find a good quality, durable coat without fleece or other added material, which makes it too warm for an active dog on warmer but rainy days.
While the coat covers the dog well, it does not restrict the movement or rubs the dog anywhere. There is a big opening for the shoulders under the material so the dog can comfortably run.
When putting it on, the coat has to go over the head, and the chest part loops around with a sturdy plastic buckle, which gives room for adjustment.
There are three other adjustment points: on the end of the coat (above the tail), around the lower neck, and one high on the neck. With these elastic bands, you can adjust the jacket for a perfect fit to ensure the rain is not going under the coat.
The grey dots on both sides of the coat are reflective, which provides additional visibility for the dark fall days.
There are two loose, elastic loops at the back of the coat which goes around the back legs to hold the jacket in place. Without this, the coat would slide to the side and not protect the back of the dog. Mia usually doesn't like anything around/on her back legs but was okay with this solution. I think it's because the loops are loose and they don't seem to tighten much even when she runs.
On the photos, the coat might look bulky or loose, but in real life, it's a perfect fit with all those adjustments options. The material is like a lightweight, thin, but durable raincoat which can be stored in a small pocket.
In this photo below, we did not use the loops around the back legs to show how the coat slides up on the back. If the dog runs around, it would also soon slide to the side. Make sure to measure the back lengths accurately so you can use these elastic loops around the back legs.
The orange parts and the reflective dots make the coat highly visible in bad weather from all angles.
I was impressed by how the coat stayed in place and protected Mia from the rain even when she was off-leash. The only thing I would worry about with off-leash hikes is the strap around the chest because that could get stuck on a branch in dense forest but haven't had such a problem so far.
The only design issue we run into is the opening on the back for harness attachment. As you see it below, there is a quite big opening on the coat, which is somewhat protected with an additional layer, but in the pouring rain, the dog's back would still get wet. Mia only got significantly wet under this opening when we had to go for a walk during a hurricane; under normal circumstances, not much rain is going through there. It would be still nice to have velcro or snaps there to close this opening if you are not intended to use a harness under the coat.
One day after adjusting the coat, I run into this weird part of the elastic loop. After talking to Non-stop Dogwear, they told me this is just reinforcing the point where the elastic band connects/ attaches back to itself. It's meant to be inside the coat, so if you also see this, just slide it back into the jacket, there is nothing wrong with that part. ;)
This is probably the best raincoat that we tested so far. It isn't thick, but in return, you can use it on warm days, and it also doesn't need much time to dry. It does not soak the mud in, doesn't get stinky. You can simply rinse it after a walk to keep it clean. If you need an additional layer of warmth on some days, you can always add a fleece pullover under it. The raincoat would keep the second layer dry and clean, and you have the option to layer up or down based on the weather instead of having a warmer coat ;)
We used this coat on a few hikes, and I was worried that the branches would tear the thin material. I have to say there isn't even a scratch on it so far!
To summarize, this is a great raincoat, can be stored in the small bag that comes with it, easy to bring with you just in case there is rain or crazy wind on the peak where you are hiking ;) Easy to clean, does not restrict the dog and is visible. What else do you need from a raincoat? :)
You can buy all their products on their website and can probably find retailers and stores in your country.
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)