What is the difference between our warm winter dog coats?
We have a good collection of winter wear for your dog. There are currently three different warm winter coats in the Hurtta Range: the best selling Summit Parka, the Extreme Warmer and the latest addition the Expedition Parka, as well as our own EDD Dakota Snow Suit. I will describe each of them and compare the pros and cons. Thickness wise they are pretty similar, so which one to choose is a matter of preference, coverage needs, shape of the dog and which features are important for you.
Summit Parka: The Summit Parka was introduced for the fall/winter 14/15 season as a replacement for the classic Winter Coat and have been a best seller ever since. It's very easy to put on and take off with no need to touch the dogs legs. The cut at the shoulders allows for freedom of movement for the dog and little elasticated cuffs at the leg openings as well as the bottom of the neck ensures optimal comfort and fit. I find that dogs with large shoulder area get a better fit in the Extreme Warmer than in the Summit Parka due to this shape in the shoulder area. Going up a size can help. The outer material on this coat is slicker than on the other two and not as noise free. The neck does not cover as much as the other two newer coats. The lining is super soft and fleecy. This coat is suitable for those who live in areas that will see frost and the occasional snow, but nothing too brutal. The Summit Parka comes in Black, Pink and High Visibility Orange in 13 sizes (8"-35") to cover all sizes of dogs.
Extreme Warmer: New innovative technology are the main features of this great dog coat which is probably one of the warmest dog coats on the market. A heat reflective foil lining makes this coat warmer than any of the others, though still light weight. This technology is found in top human brands but no other dog coat on the market. The built in snood can be pulled up to cover the dogs ears agains brutal cold temperatures to avoid cracking of the tips. It's a very very popular coat due to it's easy to use design that fit most shapes of dogs. Just pull it over the dogs head, chest flap between he front legs and close it around the chest of the dog. No need to touch the dogs legs. The chest flap is rather large (bigger than on the Summit Parka) which is great for dogs with big/large chests like Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Bulldogs etc., but can still be adjusted in enough to fit slim dogs like Poodles and Border Collies. The back flaps can button together underneath the tail which creates a sleeping bag sort of feel for the dog as well as secures the coat in place when it's really windy without restricting movement. Large reflective pattern on the front and rear. Available in 5 colors: the basic granite, a great high visibility orange, a beautiful red color called Lingon and two camo (Parka and Coral), in 9 sizes (10"-26") so if you have a big dog you'll need one of the other models.
Expedition Parka: This newest coat feels a bit thicker than the two others and the quality looks like a proper human coat. The neck cover on the Expedition Parka has a built in rain catcher that tightens with a drawstring right behind the dogs ears. All the coats have adjustable back lengths with a drawstring, but this one the drawstring is hidden for a sleeker look. It can be a bit hard to find, but it's in the inside of the coat. The elasticated leg straps are detachable on one side. I don't know why as it would make more sense to have them detach completely. However Hurtta has made them looser so they don't give the dogs a wedgie, so that is a huge plus. I've been wanting this for a long time as the wedgie issue has been ongoing for years now. For my skinny necked dogs, the neckline feels a bit big, even though it's very adjustable, but I just find the shape of it a bit odd when it's adjusted to fit. However the dogs seem happy enough. Another change compared to the other two warm Hurtta coats is the toggle is gone and a new nifty built in technology has been introduced to keep the drawstrings in place. Available in 4 colors: Blackberry, Bilberry, Beetroot and Buckthorn (guess a color!) which is grey, bue, red and orange, in 16 sizes (8"-32") which includes 16XS and 18XS for Dachshunds and other such shaped dogs, plus 12XL and 14XL for small chuncy dogs like French Bulldogs, Pugs and Miniture Bull Terriers.
Dakota Snow Suit: This is a four legged snow suit that covers the whole dog, apart from the paws, tail and head. Especially suited for snow and very brutal condition as the added coverage will insulated the dog in the best possible way. It will also prevent snowballs on the legs on dog that have longer coat. Zipper down the back eases the on and off. What makes this suit better than the Hurtta coats, is the coverage and therefore it's warmer, and it's made from a more durable outer material. Downside would be that it's not as easy to put on as the coats as you need to feed the dogs legs through the sleeves and then zip it up. However when the dog is used to it, it's a breeze. Comes in 11 sizes (12-28) in 5 great colors, 1 of them high vis yellow.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you need help with sizing.