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
Rated 5 out of 5 by cjg1 Works Good
Have had one for my old dog for about 10 years, has lasted well and has been used hard so I bought a new one for my new dog.
October 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beaver17 A Must Have !
Purchased for my hard flushing spaniel grouse hunting in the thickest and thorniest dead fall cover in Northern Wisconsin. He will go through anything full bore!! Great fit, has held up well to a lot of abuse this season. Would certainly purchase again.
November 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by YellowLabMph Great product
This product worked great from day one. I have a female Brittany and she needed protection from briars and course grasses. The sizing chart was accurate and the skid plate fits great. I have been using it twice a day and she has no issues with running or pointing birds with the skid plate on her.
October 25, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Gingerlocks Wish this came in XXL
I have a GSD-Malamute mix who LOVES blizzards. The only downside is her belly freezes and takes hours to thaw. So I bought this chest protector to give her an extra layer of protection from the elements...worked all summer through intense rain storms as well.
The one problem is the length; it's too short. I wish LL Bean made a skid plate that ran 22-24" in length to more effectively cover the chest and soft white underbelly that is prone to scrapes and cuts from underbrush and the elements. My pup could also use an extra inch or two in the webbed straps as they are very tight and dig a bit into her spine.
October 19, 2012