Rated 5 out of 5 by UplandHunter7 Skid Plate
The medium sized Skid Plate is well made and was a good fit for my male Brittany. This chest protector did not hinder his performance while hunting. The 1,000 denier Cordura nylon serves as an excellent barrier from briars and heavy cover.
November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CapeCodMike Solid belly protector
Just returned from three days of grouse and woodcock hunting in NEK. I bought the skid plate for my Chocolate just before we left. We hunting three full days and he went through and over all kinds cover. The fit was perfect. I feel it really protected his underside. It's short money to protect your significant investment.
October 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by jdhdwill Perfect fit!
Tried it on our 60#, smallish Labrador. It fit perfectly (size=medium). She was kind of right between sizes and we opted for the smaller size to avoid having gaps to get caught on things. She seemed a little concerned about wearing it at first, but we took her outside and threw her training dummy and she forgot she had it on. Sure came in handy when she ran into a barbed wire fence 3 times while hunting! The fabric seems durable, like hunting pants' fabric. Read many reviews of dog vests before deciding on this one and making this purchase. I would definitely recommend it.
September 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by nitrobay Skid plate chest protector
Only had the chest protector for a few weeks but the small fit my English Cocker Spaniel well and was consistent with the sizing on the Bean web site. It has several adjustments and allows for a good overall fit. I like the open back and feel the dog will not increase body temperature with the open back design.
The material seems sturdy enough to keep sharp objects from penetrating but not too stiff to affect the dogs agility.
Would give it a 5 star rating if I'd had more time in the field with it without failures or issues.
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robustoma Best chest protection for hunting dogs
My Brittany has seen a couple of serious wounds from running through the woods at full speed while hunting birds or just burning off her limitless energy. I had purchased a couple of inferior "skidplates" previously but neither lasted very long before being torn to shreds. This LL Bean Skidplate on the other hand is pretty much indestructible.
I had the first one I bought for two years and only replaced it because my crazy Brit came out of the woods without it one morning. Like vests, coats and collars, skidplates can get caught up on things and I assume this one got caught up and the Brit somehow wiggled out of it. I'm sure I'll find it when the snow is gone.
The skidplate fits very well, is adjustable, and appears to be very comfortable for the dog to run in. Highly recommended!
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by treebark Skidplate protector is great!
My dogs love to run through the woods and I never thought it would be a problem until one of them came back with a huge wound in his chest from a stick or barbed wire. It was too big to stitch up, so we had several hours of vet attention to flush it out, huge bills for antibiotics and check-ups, and three months of changing bandages every day. I bought chest protectors at our local pet store, but they were flimsy and didn't fit well. The ones from L. L. Bean, though, are super tough, extraordinarily adjustable, and the dogs don't mind wearing them. In addition, two hunters we met on a walk yesterday told me they noticed the orange right away. This is a great product and an excellent investment in your dog's safety. It's a small price to pay for peace of mind--and a lot cheaper than the potential vet bills!
January 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by CDAVIES Chest protector
I am an avid upland hunter, and enjoy the sport most because of my dog. A Deutsch-Drahthaar. She is awesome, however her chest would become red & scratched up after a day hunting. I purchased the chest protector from LL Bean to help. It came quickly, fits great, she doesn't mind wearing it, and it doesn't cause her to become overheated. She is well protected, however I wish it was slightly wider between her front legs. The quality is excellent. I only wish it was made in USA. I would recommend this product.
December 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Wagonmaster Only good if dog accepts it.
Purchased for my "Granddog" and she walked on her "tiptoes"while wearing it. We tried repeatedly without success. She was much more comfortable with a vest over her back, but that does not protect her belly. I will keep looking, but this is not the vest for her.
November 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ZIVA2011 VEST THAT REALLY PROTECTS
I HAVE GONE THRU SEVERAL VEST FOR MY GSP AND THIS ONE MADE OF CORDURA REALLY PROTECTS HER CHEST AND UNDERBELLY. THE PREVIOUS VEST WOULD COME APART AT STICHING AND ALSO BUNCH UP GIVING NO PROTECTION. VELCRO WOULD ALSO LOOSEN UP - NO WAY WITH BEAN VEST - STRONG SNAPS AND THICK CORDURA
November 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by GSP4ME Good fit - worked well with some issues
This is a good product. It did protect my GSP's chest and underside while running through the woods and bushes. The fit was good. Wish the straps were orange to match the rest for better visibility. The only problem was it chafed his armpit area, which is a concern. Because of this, I will be returning this product.
October 23, 2013