Best Dog Vest

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  1. WidgeonmanGH

    WidgeonmanGH Elite Refuge Member

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    Time to get them used to the dog vests before the season. I have two American Water Spaniels both are about 38lbs.

    So what brand etc. of dog vest would you recommend?
     
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    I think that is kind of like finding the Holy Grail....it may not exist.

    I have a handful of drake, and avery vests,, as do most of my friends. They are probably a good value for the price that you pay, but i can't recall ever seeing one that did not have a busted zipper. Of course all of them were repaired with a short length of decoy line.

    The first vest that I ever bought was probably also the best. It was made by Orvis 25 years ago. I still have it, but my dogs are 25 pounds smaller than the one I had back then.
     
  3. Banded1

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    All depends on how it fits your dog. Best to try on several and pick one, then get out a scissors to trim as needed. I have two boykins, one is short and stumpy, the other is tall and lean. Don't recall which wears what, but one wears an Avery and the other a Drake (I think). I had to cut both to fit better around the neck, shoulders and hips.
     
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    KwickLabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Being able to stitch and glue helps......a lot. :h
     
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    freezeland New Member

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    Avery has a new one out with a chest protector. Looks nice, I haven't seen one in the flesh though. Their boater dog vest is nice with handles. Rig em right has a nice one if you do more upland. Cannot go wrong with Cabelas either. Their Velcro securing vice a zipper makes for a quick on and off. Make sure whatever you get can be tailored.
     
  6. WidgeonmanGH

    WidgeonmanGH Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks for all the advise. Looks like lots of options.
     
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    bullpinnie Elite Refuge Member

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    They are cheap enough that you can get one in every color, and still not get hurt.
     
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    Scout_mn Senior Refuge Member

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    I really like the rig em right vest. It has canvas on top and braided handle to really help get a hold of the vest in needed.
     
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    I have a Cabelas neoprene blaze orange for my AWS when we hunt upland. He has an Avery with the handle for ducks.
     
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    The handles on my Avery (YLM, 82 lbs) have been great and "handy" for 7 years- though the zipper pull tab broke last year. My Cabelas vest (on my BLM, 55 lbs) features velcro and is a WHOLE lot easier to put on during the dark, cold mornings. I wish there was one with handles AND velcro. That's my .02 cents worth.
     

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