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    Quote Originally Posted by Brimar1991 View Post
    From the picture, it appears the Cuga vest utilizes Velcro in lieu buckles to secure the vest. Is this correct?

    From the picture, I like the fact the Cuga vest protects the spine area as well. I have had a couple dogs cut themselves when they walked/crawled under barb wire. My current vest only protects the chest and underbelly. No protection along the spine area.

    My dog has been using the Cuga for the past 2 seasons - I loved it, extremely durable and the Velcro never failed but after a SD trip she had way too much chaffing in her front armpits which led to her chewing at her skin. Long story but I ended up needing antibiotics from the vet for under-arm infection. I emailed with the Cuga folks and they now have narrow sizing which may help with that (it sounded like a common issue for dogs in their vests) - so if you go with Cuga make sure you find the right size as they have more options now than before.

    I've moved on from Cuga and looked all over for one with front sleeves. I've moved to this K9 topcoat brand. https://k9topcoat.com/product/sports-vest/

    I've been out 2x with it (in the deep snow this past weekend) and its great so far, hoping it is as durable as the Cuga.

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    I think Jerry from Sylmar would make you just about anything. ED227223-5123-48D5-ADFE-153CC7973D8B.jpeg This is quite the get-up.

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    I bought a narrow chest CUGA vest about a month ago. I wasn't sure how my Vizsla was going to like it or how the fit would be. It fits well and has not rubbed at all. Love the Velcro instead of buckles. This morning Ellie went to retrieve a Rooster on the edge of a field we flushed out of the cattails. I saw her leaping through the snow and then do a head over heals tumble as she hit a old barb wire fence. She too that one right on the lower chest. Granted the barb wire may not have been sharp but the vest absorbed the brunt of it and she finished the retrieve without a scratch. It also has protected as much of her as can be expected while hunting those nasty cattails. She willingly lets me put this on her and actually seems to appreciate its add protection. Also makes her easier to spot in the cattails.

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    Thanks to all. I went to Cabela's in KC and bought a size small of the only such item it had on the shelf - and it is dandy. Fits my 35# brit girl perfectly and is highly functional.
    - From the office of Colt, Stoeger, Browning & Savage
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    I have tried vests from Cabela's, Sylmar and now Cuga.

    I picked up the Cabela's vest a few years ago and the first time I used it on one of my GSP's it rubbed his "armpits" really bad and so it went into the box.

    This year in ND, that same dog impaled himself on a stick requiring stitches in his chest. After that I swore I wouldn't hunt them without a vest, I had picked up the Sylmar last year but hadn't used it. I used the Sylmar on the injured dog and the Cabela's on the other. The dog wearing the Sylmar has a very thin hair and two of the three buckles rubbed the hair off his back under those buckles. I have used the vest on my other dog and he hasn't had the issue with rubbing from the buckles.

    A couple weeks ago I picked up a Cuga vest and IMHO that is one of the best out there. The thing I like the most is that it provides protection along his back to protect from being cut by barbed wire when he scoots under.

    I think the biggest issue with any vest is the fit. From now on I won't put a vest on without having them try it on around the house so I can observe them for any issues..

    Hope this helps and you find something that works for your dog.

    Todd

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    Glad I happened upon this thread as I have been looking at getting some protection for my ECS. Last weekend we were out on an old farmstead for some exercise and came across more than a few old fences and junk imbedded in the brush. Thought to myself that a vest of some kind would be a good investment. Much better than vet bills not to mention having to listen to my wife and daughter give me hell for letting something happen to Ernie. Of the ones mentioned I like the k9 topcoat. Would assume by his first hunting season he’ll be fully grown. Thanks all for the input, Dave

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    I ran Miya in a Sylmar vest the last two trips. Really good quality and fit. She has a heavy coat, so the buckles were not an issue. They did hang hang up a little on the fence lines, but not problematic. I have a puppy coming in Feb., and this Fall I’ll try a Cuga for comparisons sake. A1C08F00-9AE2-49A8-9530-8EEBE47380D8.jpeg

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