This shot shows the overall fit of the vest. I got lucky and the vest was a perfect fit for her. Bella was borderline on the vest sizing between Large and Xtra Large. I rolled the dice and ordered the large.
If you take a close look you can see the only part of the vest that is not snug to her hair is the slight roll at the shoulder. That is pretty normal. Bella has no problem running, jumping, or swimming. Add in the extra safety of not having to worry about bulged openings or loose edges catching on brush while she is swimming.
This picture shows the waist of the vest. Notice how it is very snug to her hair. This area gets wet about an inch under the vest even on high retrieve count days. The legs will see two or three inches of water past the vest edge, and the neck gets about an inch. This leaves close to 50% of the dog dry. More importantly it is her body core that is dry. On frozen mornings when we hunt from shore she will run in from the last retrieve of the set and roll all over in the tall grass. It dries her exposed wet areas nicely. Then it is back to the blind to wait for the next set of birds.
Without the vest she gets the shakes and her teeth chatter after a few retrieves on really cold days. With the vest she can spend most of the day wet before getting the shivers. Once she starts shivering she gets inside the boat blind or ground blind and lays down in front of the heater, which usually leads to a nap until the next flock.
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