Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 44
Rated 5 out of 5
by jilliemac chest plate
worked perfect..she did not know she had it on,,,saved her chest from the cornstalks
December 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Browning6 Great product
The extra large fit my Weimeriner very well. Well made vest. We have a lot of briers in the south. She is short haired. This should keep her chest and underbelly protected. I chose Blaze orange so I can see her in the woods.
December 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alyra Excellent Quality
I bought this skid plate about 9 years ago for my dog to wear on hikes during hunting season. I had been tired of vests that would fall apart after a very short time and vests that would never stay properly in place as the dog ran. This skid plate is the perfect solution. I just place it on upside down, with the fabric on her back and buckled under her belly. It never slides off and it has lasted for about 9 years with no noticeable wear (used daily during hunting season). Don't waste money on what are essentially throw away vests. Try this. You won't be sorry.
November 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by will01 Good Product BUT
I found this product to be well made and seems to do the trick HOWEVER, the purpose of the skid plate is to keep brambles, prickers, and what not from cutting or irritating the dogs belly. I found that a lot of sticks, prickers, small stones got in-between the skid plate and my dogs belly irritating her belly almost as bad as not having it. For the average dog walking or playing in a field this would be great. For a 8 hour hunting dog, i don't see how it helps much.
November 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by NewYakimacustomer Seems well built - just not big enough
I ordered the largest size available - XL supposedly for 85-105 lb dogs - but it was simply too small for my 105 pound male black lab ( named Dozer for obvious reasons). The item does appear to be well constructed and would likely work just fine for smaller dogs. Can't rate it more than 2 stars due to the sizing issue. It will be returned for refund.
November 18, 2014
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