Ruff Wear Bark'n Boots Polar Trex

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On paper these boots look like they're well designed…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $90 CAD

On paper these boots look like they're well designed and should stay on the dog's feet come what may. I just "road tested" our new set of Polar-Trex today and found out this is far from the truth.

When fitting the boots I was very careful to make sure that the dog's foot was pushed all the way into the boot and that the upper and lower fitting straps were pulled tight to ensure a snug fit. We walked all of about 30 - 45 seconds down the (clean) sidewalk before the first boot fell off. Both straps were still pulled tight so it wasn't as though one or both of the straps came undone.

I put the shoe back on the dog and re-adjusted the other 3 to make sure all were fit correctly and wouldn't come off. During the process of playing frisbee in the park boots came off two more times and one other time I noticed that a boot was almost off and caught it just in time.

This is completely unacceptable. These things can't even stay on when walking down clean sidewalks so there's no way you can trust 'em to stay on during the course of a snow-shoeing trip or a romp in deep snow.

For a boot as expensive as these ones are they sure don't live up up to the hype. I am totally disappointed in this product and will be taking them back to the store I bought them at to get a refund.

I notice that the customer reviews on the REI website all say pretty much the same thing as I'm saying. They just don't stay on like they should. Two thumbs down.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Ruff Wear's Bark'n Boots Polar Trex page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Ruff Wear Bark 'N Boot Polar Trex winter dog boots add warmth, provide traction and protect your dog's paws from ice, rocks and rough terrain

- REI

Keep your canine companion active and in winter weather-Bark'n Boots Polar Trex from Ruffwear provide warmth and traction on snow and ice.

- EMS

(Set of 4 dog boots) Engineered for winter weather, these boots are designed to provide warmth and traction on snow and ice. Check out this video on measuring your dog's paws for boots. Get the most out of your Polar Trex boots with these easy tips and tricks. Single boots available.

- Ruff Wear

Engineered for winter weather, these boots are designed to provide warmth and traction on snow and ice. Figuring out the right boot can have your dog spinning in circles chasing your tail. Figuring out the right boot is as easy as asking yourself these three questions: In what type of weather is my dog typically using the boot? What type of terrain are we typically on? And, in what activities will we be using the boot? Winter Traction & Insulation * Vibram(R) Icetrek ice-specific sole compound with snow-gripping lug pattern provides superb winter traction * Built on a paw-wear last to ensure consistent fit and sizing * Three layer laminated soft-shell upper is DWR coated and is weather-resistant, wind resistant, and breathable * Cam buckle ankle strap and E-cord loop closure system stays closed in snow * Knew-tec grip cuff keeps the boot securely on dog's paw * Extended gaiter height for added leg protection from elements and ski edges * 3M(TM) Scotchlite(TM) reflective trim for 360-degree visibility * Easy to operate & adjust in winter conditions while on the dog's paw If the WEATHER is: icy And the TERRAIN is: icy or snow-covered And the ACTIVITY is: winter hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, or skijoring Then, the best BOOT for you is: The Polar Trex(TM) Getting the Right Size for Your Dog: 1. Have your dog stand on a firm surface 2. Place a piece of paper under a front paw 3. Lift dog's opposite front paw so that weight is placed firmly onto the paw being measured 4. Mark Both Sides of weighted paw at it's widest point on the sheet of paper measure that distance, and choose correct boot size

- Rocky Mountain Trail