Proviz is a multi-award-winning brand offering innovative products (for humans) for cycling, running, and other outdoor sports. They offer a vast selection of reflective & enhanced visibility clothing and accessories on the market, which are sold globally online and through retail partners. Although they mainly sell products for humans, they have four visibility coats for dogs as well.
Proviz has two types of visibility coats for dogs, and both come in two versions: with or without fleece lining. The coat we are reviewing today is their high-visibility coat. Our version has PV fleece for more insulation on cold days.
It has a fluorescent, yellow ‘Hi-viz,’ weatherproof, polyester outer layer with a line of R360 reflective material on both sides. The lining is a soft Micro-fleece that is pretty durable and dries fast.
The vest has two adjustable velcro straps and a leash attachment hole on the back. It comes in 6 sizes, is lightweight, and is machine washable.
It also has a thin rear strap with a tiny buckle that goes under the dog's belly to prevent the vest's back from being blown over in the wind.
The Proviz Hi Visibility Dog Coat makes dogs visible day and night. We used this coat plenty of times during search training when Mia worked off-leash in the woods. Keeping her visible makes it easier for me to keep track of her and also for illegal hunters to see that she is not a target. It is easy to see Mia from far away, and the reflective stripes light up in the headlamp's beam. The wide neck strap makes her very visible even when she is facing my direction.
The coat is relatively thin, packable, easy to clean, and dry, which are all crucial features for a vest used on adventures during the fall/winter months.
We had some trouble with their sizing guide. I even reached to their support team to get feedback on sizing, and they recommended the Medium vest. When it arrived, it was too small for Mia, so we replaced it with a large one. In the size table, they only consider the dog's length, but then the vest does not reach the end of the dog anyway.
Size Medium below:
The straps are not adjustable. Although the velcro panels leave some room to customize the fit and the chest strap is made of an elastic material, there is not much room to adjust the fit.
The design of this vest is not too sophisticated, but it delivers everything it promises. It is a thin, light vest that will not rub the dog anywhere. The addition of the elastic belly band is a smart detail, but its length made it useless for Mia. It has a wide adjustment range, but since we needed to size up, even the tightest setting of the belly band was way too loose to keep the back of the vest down in the wind. This is also an issue because a strap hanging loose under the dog easily gets stuck on the undergrowth.
The material is so lightweight that we haven't had trouble with the vest sliding to the side or rotating. It does ride up somewhat when Mia sniffs, even when the neck-strap is on the loosest adjustment, but that's not a concern.
If you are looking for a highly visible, lightweight vest, the Proviz Hi Visibility Dog Coat is a great option to check out! The combination of fluorescent, high-visibility yellow, and reflective straps make this coat the perfect choice for walking at dusk and make your dog visible both during the day and night!
It is also super packable, easy to clean, and reasonably durable, so you don't need to worry much about it while adventuring.
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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)