Our favorite sport to do on the water is SUP and I love bringing Goose along with me but, I have been really wanting to bring Dante but I couldn’t find a pfd in pet stores that was big enough for him. I had the opportunity to work with Hurtta and test and review their Life Savior vest.
Features of the Life Savior
- floats with a special design
- extremely light
- adjustable straps ensure a comfortable fit
- a sturdy handle
- name tag
- colors include orange, bright pink, and neon green
When I was unboxing the vest I couldn’t believe how light it was, the high quality materials and the sturdy handle were very desirable features I was excited to try out. The Life Savior, a new generation streamlined life jacket for dogs from Hurtta. The Life Savior is ideal for swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation, boating and hunting. The special design of the floats make the vest very light and ensure a comfortable fit. The light design of the vest ensure free movement for your dog in water and on land.
Testing the Life Savior
We headed out to Saguaro lake last Sunday to do some paddle boarding with our friends and their pups. I was so excited to bring Dante so I could test out the Life Savior vest from Hurtta, and for him to SUP for the first time. The vest for Dante’s size said from 40 lbs – 80 lbs, Goose is 43 lbs but it was a little to big for him so I suggest if your looking in to a vest make sure you look a the measurements closely even if the weight is right. Dante weighs 75 lbs so he is 5lbs away from the max weight, I was hoping that it would still keep him afloat. All my questions were answered when Dante stepped off the board more then a few times trying to learn his balance and falling in, one time he fell and took me with him. I had to swim around a bit to catch my hat and board, all the while Dante swam right along with me. He did start to get tired and I saw him not paddling as much but he didn’t panic or sink cause he had his vest on and he felt safe. Once I got myself back on the board I was able to easily lift him (well as easy as one can lift a 75 lb dog) out of the water back on to the paddle board. The bright color vest made it easy for any boaters to spot him when we were in or on the water. The Velcro also worked great and didn’t move or come undone once it got wet. The adjustable straps made it easy to adjust to Dante’s deep chest and narrow waist. When Swimming Dante had plenty of freedom to move and the life vest was not restricting in any way. There was also a place inside the vest to put your name or phone number. Even when the vest was wet it didn’t take on any water and still remained very light weight. Overall, I was very impressed with the Life Savior from Hurtta, its one of the nicer doggy PFD’s it’s miles above the many cheap floating devices out there for dogs, if your wanting a LIFE jacket that you can trust Hurtta makes it.
*Currently Hurtta’s Life Savior is not sold in North America yet, the Life Savior is the all-new version of life jackets from Hurtta. Your can see more photos here Life Savior
** The Life Savior Jackets are available in all sizes ( size is measured by dogs body weight ) consumer price for the 40-80 lbs size is $85.00
A bit about Hurtta
Hurtta’s business is based on knowing what pets need, and wanting to provide them with ever better products. Also wanting to make the everyday lives of dog owners easier, by offering safe, high-quality products that are easy to identify and that meet exactly the right needs. Hurtta believes that dogs make us better people.
Hurtta product designs, they take into account the build and movement patterns of different dog breeds, when the dogs run and play. The objective is to come up with products that are ergonomic, functional and match the needs of the dogs. Houndtex, our proprietary high performance fabric, is wear resistant, breathable, water and wind resistant. The seams are taped, which guarantees impermeability.
Hurtta is established in Kuopio, Finland.
You can find Hurtta retailers in North America by going here: Hurtta247 Stockists.
If you love Hurtta and want to learn more about them I would recommend checking Hurtta out on Facebook and liking their page. They are often look for product testers and run giveaways for chances to win their products.