Trail Tested: Portsmouth Foul Weather Jacket
Posted by Sydney Ryan on 2nd July 2019
Review by Sydney Ryan of @expeditionego
Nothing ruins an outing
with your pup like bad weather. No matter where you live, we’ve all experienced
foul weather. Whether it’s snow, rain, slush, or mud, picking out the right
gear can make or break your outdoor experience. The fellow dog pawrents at
Kurgo heard your concerns and designed the Portsmouth Foul Weather Jacket to
protect your dog from whatever Mother Nature decides to throw your way.
If you’ve ever been outside in the pouring rain or in the
chilly snow, you were probably wearing some sort of jacket to protect your
body. Many dogs benefit from the same type of protection. Yes, you could wait
out the weather or seek alternatives to a walk outside, but if you live in one
of the many regions that have long bouts of bad weather, the torture of being
cooped up indoors is never ending.
Aside from making your dog look fashionable, there are many
great reasons to consider a sturdy, all-weather jacket.
● Skin protection
● Warmth in cold weather
● Enables walks in rougher
● Helps keep your dog as
comfortable as you
Ego and I moved to Portland Oregon at the beginning of June and
if you know anything about the Pacific Northwest, you know that it’s known for a
lot of wet weather. Well, all of the rumors are true, and it rains just as much
as everyone said it would. With the rain comes high winds, colder weather, and
lots and lots of mud. These factors can make it very difficult to enjoy a hike
in such a beautiful area.
Ego is a 3-year-old Border Collie who loves the outdoors.
Keeping him confined to the indoors is just not an option. We both love to
explore and hike far too much to wait out every rainstorm that will hit our
area. I have a plethora of rain jackets in my closet and after attempting a
hike in a rougher PNW storm, I wondered why I didn’t have the same protection
for Ego. The Portsmouth Foul Weather Jacket is different than other rain
jackets we’ve tried because it’s not just designed to repel water OR keep your
dog warm, it does both!
The outside is a heavy duty, waterproof PU coating on top
of the classic Kurgo rip-stop fabric and also has a mesh lining to keep the
jacket breathable. The red color helps with visibility as well as the
reflective piping for night visibility which is important for my lifestyle
because we hike at all hours of the day. The outside of the jacket is
waterproof and makes it extremely easy to rinse off when mud inevitably gets on it.
When I shop in larger pet stores, I also find it difficult
to find the right jacket fit for Ego’s lean figure. He’s long and narrow but
has a deep chest and many coats are either too short or too large. This jacket
has an athletic cut and is designed to fit all body shapes. The arm holes
aren’t too narrow and won’t rub against the armpit area. The strap around the
stomach protects the belly from mud and sticks, but still allows for a full
range of motion.
The Portsmouth Foul Weather Jacket comes in 6 sizes which
allows for a great fit on a wide variety of dog breeds. It also is suitable for
all sorts of hikes, whether it’s a short walk in the city, or a 7-mile hike in
I personally love that the jacket was designed with the dog
in mind. The fit isn’t uncomfortable, the material is thick and won’t rip with
one use, and they even included a mesh inside to allow for airflow and
breathability. As someone who hates how sticky and stiff human rain jackets can
be, I really appreciate this feature and wish that more human rain jackets came
with this feature!
If your dog is sensitive to rougher weather, I highly
recommend checking out this jacket. The tough outer coating can help deflect
rain, sleet, branches, or anything else that you might encounter on the trail.
It can also help build your dog's confidence and encourage them to brave the
The jacket has a couple more handy features like a collar
that can be flipped up or down depending on if your dog needs the extra
protection as well as an adjustable slide on the belly strap to customize the
fit to every dog’s body shape and of course an opening for a leash attachment.
This allows you to pair the jacket with harnesses like the Kurgo Journey Air that can be worn underneath the jacket.
Sydney Ryan is a talented photographer and avid outdoor lover who enjoys adventuring with Ego, her border collie. She has also done extensive training and agility work with Ego. Follow their adventures on Instagram: @expeditionego
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