New Products Explored: Gear for Summer

With longer, brighter days on the horizon and summer in our sights, we’re excited to introduce our newest gear designed for warm weather activities. The theme for Ruffwear’s newest line of products is water: adventures in and around water, using water to stay cool, and hydration on the go. These products are designed to move — with light and fast, unrestricted movement. Where will your summer adventures take you?

Cooling Gear

For summer 2017, we’ve expanded our line of cooling products. Our popular Swamp Cooler has been updated with additional reflective trim and a leash portal that allows the cooling vest to be worn over our Front Range™ or Web Master™ Harnesses. The Swamp Cooler is perfect for hiking on hot, sunny days. Just soak it in water, wring it out, and place it on your furry companion at the beginning of your adventure. The light-colored fabric reflects solar radiation, while evaporative cooling pulls heat from your canine friend.


For high-intensity activities, like mountain biking, take a look at our fast and light Jet Stream. Taking inspiration from triathlon singlets, this sleek cooling vest uses shade-providing spandex over the back, while a three-layer evaporative cooling chest panel disperses heat from your dog’s core. To activate the Jet Stream, soak it in water, wring out, zip on your furry companion, and go.


Also new to Ruffwear’s line of cooling gear is the Core Cooler™, an add-on to packs and harnesses that provides cooling to the chest and core.  Made from the same three-layer fabric as the Swamp Cooler and Jet Stream, the Core Cooler uses evaporative cooling to efficiently pull heat from your dog’s core during warm temperatures and high intensity activities. It attaches easily to Ruffwear harnesses and packs, using hook-and-loop sleeve attachments. The Core Cooler is compatible with the following Ruffwear products:


Float Coat

The Ruffwear Float Coat™ is well-loved by dogs and humans who love rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing, SUP, and other water activities — and for good reason. This fully-featured canine life jacket has a telescoping neck to securely fit dogs of all shapes and sizes, a strong handle for lifting dogs out of the water, and reflective trim for enhanced visibility in and out of the water. For summer 2017, we’ve updated our popular Float Coat with bright, bold new colors.


Bivy Bowl

Our ultralight, collapsible, portable bowl has been updated for the season with a bold new color. A classic favorite for road trips, backpacking adventures, long summer hikes, and everywhere in between, the Bivy Bowl holds 1.8 liters of water and weighs less than 3 ounces. Pro tip: Use the hang loop on the bottom to clip the bowl to your pack or your dog’s pack with a carabiner (sold separately) and you’ll always be ready for a quick water break.



Two classic lightweight leashes have been redesigned for the summer season: the Ridgeline Leash™ and the Double Track™ Coupler. The Ridgeline is a great minimalist leash option — and it fits into your pocket when you’re not using it. Made with our stretchy Wavelength™ webbing, the Ridgeline keeps a dynamic and comfortable connection between you and your furry friend.


The Double Track Coupler is a leash adapter that allows easy, tangle-free walking of two dogs. Using the same Wavelength™ webbing as the Ridgeline to create a comfortable experience with two dogs, the Double Track makes a great companion to any Ruffwear leash. We suggest pairing it with the Knot-a-Long™.


Questions or feedback? Leave a note in the comments below or contact us at Share your adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging @ruffwear and #mydogismy.

As always, Happy Trails from all of us at Ruffwear!

5 thoughts

  1. Wonder how your evaporative cooling vests would do with salt water. Living on a sailboat, fresh water is precious. But salt water can ruin many materials.

    Have you done any tests?

  2. I bought on last summer for my Bernese. I really like it but am unclear about how often I should soak it up again when she is wearing it. I think I was doing it too often because I did not want her to overheat wearing a coat in high temps. At about what intervals should we soak it up again?

    1. Hi, Maddy — There’s no strict rule here, because it depends on factors like wind or direct sun, which will try the Swamp Cooler faster, or humid environments, in which it would dry more slowly. We recommend checking by placing your hand between your dog and the coat — if it’s dry, add more water. Also, classic signs like panting or seeking shade tell you that she needs more cooling.

  3. Oh yeah summer is coming! Already looking forward to long summer nights by the campfire and road trips with the dogs 😀

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