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. Their focus is on pulling harnesses, and other equipment for skijoring, canicross, etc., but they also have dog jackets. Their newest jacket is called Glacier, and we were lucky to be one of the first ones to test and review it! :)
The Glacier jacket comes in two versions: one with Synthetic ECO insulation and another with wool lining. To clarify, we tested the first one, so in this article, we will not talk about the wool version.
The Glacier jacket has a windproof outer layer that's durable enough to handle running through a forest (3L Polyester and 2.5L Polyester ripstop with 2.5 layer membrane). It is also water repellent with a 10.000 mm waterproofness rating. The synthetic insulation doesn't absorb water, so it still keeps the dog warm even when wet. The inside of the coat is soft and “puffy.”
A fascinating invention is the rubberized mesh chest piece that goes around the chest to secure the coat. Puffier coats tend to gather water in the chest piece on wet days, which makes the coat shift, and it also drips for a long time at home. This is supposed to stop the water from collecting here.
The jacket has reflective marks at the end of the coat and on the chest piece, making it visible in the dark from different angles.
The coat has an opening for both the collar and a short harness. Both of these openings are covered and very nicely made to still protect the dog's back from the cold.
There are three cinch points to adjust the coat for the perfect fit for every dog. I love the attention to detail with this coat - like that they made an effort to have perfectly matching elastic loops. ;)
At the end of the coat, the grey Hypalon loop is there to pull the bungee leash through if you are using a pulling harness under it. This is not meant to be used as a leash attachment point, though!
Another handy feature is having elastic straps going around the back legs. This protects the coat from blowing over in the strong wind, and it also keeps it in place when the dog runs around off-leash. These are hard to see in the photos, but they are loose straps, leaving plenty of room for comfortable movement.
This is the puffiest Non-stop jacket we have tested so far, so first, it felt a little bulky on Mia. At the same time, it is also very packable, just like other Nonstop coats. It comes with a mesh bag for easy storage, and it packs down to be a surprisingly small bag.
I liked the coverage of this coat, especially after adjusting it all around for the perfect fit. The design nicely covers the big muscle groups on the shoulders, while the opening on the front allows uninterrupted movement.
The leg straps were beneficial in keeping the coat in place. The puffy design tends to slide to the side or up when Mia runs around off-leash without the leg loops in place (see photo below). The only downside of this solution is that you have to lift the back legs to put them through this loop which adds a little extra time to get ready for the walk.
Although the coat itself handled running through dense forest easily, one of these elastic back leg straps got stuck on something and broke during a hike. I sew it back the best I could, and it seems to hold for now. This is a weird thing because, in general, I would think the inner tights of a dog should be protected from branches, but apparently, this is not true.
The collar and harness openings are also great because you can attach the leash without interfering with the design. I found it much better for the collar opening to use a martingale style collar like Non-stop's Rock collar. Pushing through the collar's ring on the opening to attach the leash is much easier than playing with the leash under the coat to find the collar ring.
I like the look of the fancy Duraflex buckle on this coat but found it a little hard to open on cold days, both with gloves on or without gloves but with frozen fingers. It's just a little harder to handle than the standard buckles, and when my hand is frozen, it can take a minute to find the right spot to push to open it.
I haven't had much experience with the rubber mesh's effectiveness on the chest piece because this is such a warm coat that we only used it well below freezing point - when getting wet wasn't an issue. For Mia, it's usually the section between the front legs and under the ribs that soaks in all the mud, and I assume that would be the same with this coat since the mesh is only on the sides.
Another note on the mesh on the side: as you see in many photos, when Mia runs around, the top of the coat tends to slide up a little, so there is a gap on the sides, under the mesh where her chest is not protected from the cold. It's hard to tell how much this matters when the coat gives such excellent protection all around, but a short-haired dog might be sensitive to this.
The coat currently comes in blue, purple & orange, and it is available in 14 sizes to fit all dogs, which is impressive! It is machine washable under 30C but do not tumble dry!
We wrote an article checking 12 coats (including this one) with a thermal camera to see the insulation capabilities of different materials and coat designs. If you want to learn more about our findings, click here to read the article!
The Non-stop Glacier jacket is a very well-made, high-quality coat that provides excellent coverage without restricting the dog.
While we tested many coats this season, the Glacier was the coat I put on Mia for search training below -10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) because she needed some extra protection while working in deep snow. She was very comfortable in this coat, it kept her warm, and I was also comfortable letting her go through the forest while wearing this. She went through dense bushes, climbed over fallen trees, and the material of the coat still looks new; there is no sign of tear and wear on it besides that one accident with the leg strap that we mentioned earlier.
The Glacier jacket was one of the best insulating coats in our winter coat test, and its packability also makes it a great choice to bring along for camping trips in case the weather would turn cold.
You can buy all their products on their website and can probably find retailers and stores in your country.
For reference, Mia is wearing the size 60 Glacier jacket.
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)