Ruff Wear Bark'n Boots Polar Trex
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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Here's what other sites are saying:
Keep your canine companion active and in winter weather-Bark'n Boots Polar Trex from Ruffwear provide warmth and traction on snow and ice.
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. Vibram(R) Icetrek soles provide long wear and great traction in icy conditions. 3-layer laminated soft-shell uppers with Durable Water Resistant coating repel moisture and secure around the legs with adjustable rip-and-stick closures. Cam buckle ankle straps, cord loop closures and internal grip cuffs help boots stay in place, even in deep snow. Extended gaiter height adds leg protection from elements and ski edges. 3M Scotchlite(TM) reflective trim enhances visibility in low light.
Your pup doesn't have to be running the Iditarod to enjoy the benefits of the Ruffwear Bark 'n Boots Polar Trex Boots. A grippy Vibram IceTek sole provides ice-specific traction in the slipperiest winter conditions, while a laminated softshell upper provides the protection of a DWR finish . Camstrap this bootie to your pooch, and rest assured knowing that extended gaiters help keep out even the deep snow. Scotchlite reflective trim adds safety for evening frolics.
(Set of 4 dog boots) Engineered for winter weather, these boots are designed to provide warmth and traction on snow and ice. Read more about: selecting the right boot , measuring for dog boots , breaking-in dog boots , and the "dog boot dance ". Get the most out of your Polar Trex boots with these easy tips and tricks . Single boots available.
- Ruff Wear