I can place the dog gear we test and review into two main categories: everyday basics that we hang by the front door and use on a regular basis, and specialty gear that we store and get out for specific kinds of adventures. Ruffwear’s Stumptown Jacket has recently earned itself a spot on a hook by our front door for everyday use this winter, and here’s why.
First of all, let’s look at the technical aspects of this jacket. The jacket’s heavy, abrasion-resistant shell, quilted polyester insulation, and quality lining makes the perfect layer for chilly morning walks. I love that a leash portal was worked into the design of this jacket, because it allows for easy use while over a harness, and the two adjustable clips on the side allow for a very easy on and off before and after walks. These may seem like small details, but to us, the ease of use and ability to be used with a harness are important factors when we consider daily use. This jacket especially works well on snowy, slushy walks, and the thick fabric protects from windy and damp weather. Additionally, the modest storm collar prevents snow from falling down the neck without being oversized and goofy looking. A subtle bit of reflective trim along the front chest panel and the back of the jacket consider nighttime visibility while keeping a more classic approach to the style. A small loop on the back of the neck allows for attachment of a Ruffwear Beacon Light if more illumination is desired. As an added bonus, the slightly relaxed fit of this coat and generous space around the front legs allows for comfortable layering over a fleece jacket or sweater.
Finally, on a purely aesthetic level, I really like the style and look of this jacket. It has a bit of a vintage, yet timeless feel. We chose the Metolius Blue with cranberry-colored lining and trim. The colors have that classic, All-American feel. Even my husband has admitted that this jacket looks great on Bella, and has declared that this is one he does not want to regift after we finish the testing and reviewing process.
Our Favorite Features
- Leash portal for use with a harness
- Easy, on and off design
- Heavy-duty fabrics and construction
- Classic quilted style, two color options available
- Reflective trim
- Loop on back to attach Beacon Light
- Daily use, such as going for walks or running errands
- Outdoor adventures in abrasive environments, such as while doing ranch or farm work, or adventures in thick brush. Bella wears her Stumptown jacket often when fly fishing and riding in her bike trailer.
Maybe Not For You If
- You want to purchase one coat for multiple activities that might include backpacking or snowsports in deep snow. We suggest checking out Ruffwear’s Powderhound…it’s not as convenient to put on for daily use and is a little more expensive, but it would serve this purpose better, as it is highly packable and keeps out snow.
Similar to the Ruffwear Overcoat
Ruffwear’s Overcoat fulfills a similar purpose as the Stumptown jacket, so you may find yourself
confused as to which Ruffwear overcoat you should purchase this winter. Both are classic, durable, abrasion-resistant overcoats that protect your dog from the elements. And, to make matters more confusing, the price is exactly the same. We’ve never tried the Overcoat, so we reached out to Ruffwear to get some clarification on the difference. They replied that the choice is really based on which look the customer prefers. The Stumptown reminds us more of a classic Carhartt look, while the Overcoat has more of an athletic feel. By looking at product descriptions, the Overcoat seems to be slightly more water resistant, and it has more reflective trim in the design.
There are a lot of jackets for dogs on the market. We should know, because we have tested, owned, and regifted many of them! While we still have a few different favorite jackets for more specific outdoor uses, the Stumptown has become our go-to jacket for casual walks around the neighborhood and running errands around town. We have also found that this is the perfect jacket for Bella for many outdoor activities such as fly fishing and riding around town in her bike trailer. Pricewise, the Stumptown is in line with the cost of other Ruffwear coats and falls about in the middle of the Ruffwear price range for jackets.
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