Phoenix is the sort of dog who loves warmth. She loves warm sunny days! She loves running in the sun, sunning herself in sun spots and heat does not bother her. What does bother her is the cold. Phoenix hates the cold more than she dislikes other dogs and that's saying a lot! She would definitely rather wear her coat and be too warm than too cold. Unfortunately for Phoenix, we live in Oregon and it's more cold and rainy here than it is sunny. We were all really excited when Hurtta asked us to test out their Ultimate Warmer Dog Coat. We were sent our Ultimate Warmers in exchange for an honest review.
The Ultimate Warmer Coat is the warmest coat in the Hurtta line! This is a great coat because it has so much coverage. The coat features a high neck cover, a protective front and coverage of the back end. There is also a chest flap that keeps the dog's chest warm and protected. It comes in three colors: Raspberry (pink), Granite (black) and Birch (green).
This coat has been specifically designed for active or working dogs but I think it would be a great coat for any dog who needs protection from the cold. The Houndtex material used in the Ultimate Warmer is waterproof yet breathable and it is designed to keep your pup dry and warm.
The Ultimate Warmer features two openings, one on the back so you can attach your leash to a harness and one right in the neckline for attaching a leash to a collar. The neckline attachment is not shown since I don't walk my dogs on their collars. I like that this coat offers both openings, though!
|Phoenix plays at the seasonal pond.|
|Phoenix climbs a tree!|
The coat is made from smooth and noise-free material and allows for complete freedom of movement. My dogs have been testing these coats out since the middle of December and we've found that they are definitely able to move well while wearing their Ultimate Warmers. We've had many games of fetch and freezing treks along the river and they run and play like normal.
|Back End Covering with it buttoned under the tail.|
|Back End Covering buttoned up and under the coat.|
|Back End Covering unbuttoned.|
The Ultimate Warmer offers a "back end" covering that buttons under the tail for added protection from the cold. Now I know many of you are wondering how does a dog go potty with a back end covering? Well the answer is that I don't button it under the tail until after they've gone poop. They can pee just fine with it buttoned. The back end covering can either be buttoned under the tail, buttoned up into the jacket so that the back end is free or it can be left unbuttoned and loose. (Shown in the three pictures above.) We've tested these coats thoroughly and the dogs have not soiled their coats. The coat also has back leg elastic straps that help to keep the coat in place. Those are shown in the second photo in this series above.
The dogs and I both really love the neck covering. It's definitely a high neck covering and when left loose and not bungied down it can come over part of their heads like a hoodie. When it rains, the dogs are able to tuck their ears back under it themselves without my help. Their heads and ears stay much more dry when they wear their Ultimate Warmers.
The belly strap clasps underneath the coat between layers about half way up the coat. This is the only thing I would change about this coat. I really wish the belly strap was like the Summit Parka. The Summit Parka's belly strap comes up and over the back and clasps across the back. The Summit Parka is more adjustable and fits my dogs better in the chest/belly. My dogs have long backs but skinny chests so the belly strap on the Ultimate Warmer is looser than I would prefer. This is not really Hurtta's fault. My dogs are definitely hard to fit with clothes and because the most important part of this coat is the back measurement, Zoe in particular had to go with a bigger coat and it doesn't fit as well in the chest/belly. With the way the Summit Parka is designed, it is more versatile and fits better, in my opinion. So if your dogs have really long backs but skinny chests, I would recommend buying the Summit Parka instead.
The chest/belly covering is very soft and did not cause any chaffing or irritation in either of my dog's armpits, even after running for several miles in the coats. The Ultimate Warmer is very comfortable for the dogs to wear.
|Camera Flashed her so you can see how bright the reflectors are!|
The Ultimate Warmer comes with high visibility 3M reflectors so that your pup will be visible and safe when you walk them in the dark. This is a wonderful feature since I do like going on late night walks and it's often dark and gloomy in Oregon. The coat has reflectors on the front and also running along the back of the coat, too. The pink color we chose is also very bright and visible when they run in the fields and provides them with protection from hunters.
|Phoenix loves playing at the river, especially when she's warm!|
The girls don't like running around in the cold without their jackets. They really love their Ultimate Warmers and despite the belly strap being a little loose, I really like them a lot, too! They are very stylish and they keep the dogs super warm, dry and comfortable. The difference in their attitudes about being out in the cold was noticeable. They were happy to go for their walks and didn't mind running along the river, even though it was freezing. The coat has excellent coverage and comes in a range of sizes. It's also machine washable but I would recommend either air drying it or drying it on low heat so the elastic leg straps don't get ruined.
I would recommend checking the Ultimate Warmer out! We love ours!
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ZoePhee received our Ultimate Warmers in exchange for an honest review. We were not monetarily compensated and all opinions are our own. Hurtta is not responsible for the content of this blog post.