Hey everyone! It's been some time since I've posted, but I figured this would be of interest to those of us that own winter-unworthy canines. It's starting to dip below freezing in parts of the northeast, and our newly adopted chihuahua mix could use another layer on her morning walks and weekend hikes. Instead of spending money on a sub-par jacket via petco, I decided to stitch some new threads for her. Snug as a bug given the custom fit.
Exterior: 210D nylon (coated)
Lining:1.1oz ripstop nylon (coated)
Insulation: 1 ounce of 850+ FP down
Total weight: 2.5 ounces
Details: step-in harness style coat, velcro closure along back with draft tube. Interestingly, before I did the sewn-through baffles, the jacket was massively puffy...even with only 1 oz of down. Baffling it cut down the loft by at least 70%
Because of the seams and the stitched through construction, it's not waterproof. It is extremely water resistant however. I figured that since dog's don't sweat in the traditional sense, the vapor barrier effect won't matter. The use of non-breathable fabrics also prevents any stink/funk penetrating the down insulation. I chose the heavier exterior fabric because she's always brushing up against branches, concrete, rock etc. After a couple of minutes of walking/sprinting in this thing, she generates enough heat to keep her perfectly happy and shake-free for the rest of the walk/hike.
Name: Pepper aka Pepperoni or Pepperino
Weight: 9.8 lbs of hiking fury
Hope you guys like it! If I have some time, and if there's any interest, I may start selling a much more basic version of the coat.