Not only is Ruff Wear gear inspired by the outdoors, the names of our products are also inspired by the outdoors.

Our products are strongly influenced by our outdoor surroundings. Pictured here: The Big Eddy Float Coat™ at Elk Lake in Oregon.

Take, for example, the Portage Float Coat™.  “Portage” is the term used to describe the practice of carrying watercraft or cargo over land to avoid river obstacles, or between two bodies of water.  Less experienced kayakers and rafters often “portage” around swift and heavy waters ahead.  Likewise, our Portage Float Coat was designed for novice and less agile swimmers.  It’s offered in the widest variety of sizes to fit dogs of all shapes and sizes.

The portage before the spillway on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon

The Big Eddy rapids are a set of Class III rapids along he Deschutes River in Central Oregon.  Given the technical nature of the rapids, we aptly named our top-of-the line performance float coat the “Big Eddy.”  Like the agile, advanced canine swimmers that don this lifejacket, the Big Eddy Float Coat™ is fast, sleek, and has an articulated shape for maximum comfort and swimability in fast water.  The Big Eddy features lots of reflective trim for visibility in daytime or low light, a reinforced assistance handle, engineering design for a sleek fit, and a heavy-duty ballistic nylon shell for abrasion-resistance against rocks and other river obstacles.

Big Eddy rapids on the Deschutes River in Oregon
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