13 Jan 2010
Ruff War Bark’n Boots - Grip Trex.
There are two styles of Ruff Wear boots; Grip Trex are the “hiking boots” as opposed to the “sneakers”. Like the other Ruff Wear products, they are very sturdy, featuring a mesh upper inspired by human shoes and a high performance Vibram® sole.
There are detailed instructions on how to fit the boots. Like “people” boots, try them on inside. If they just do not fit, they can be exchanged, as long as they don’t show signs of wear. Dogs that haven’t worn boots before may need some time to get used to them. (Actually, Tucker did some really “high stepping”.) Use treats and games to distract them. They do have to be put on rather tightly. I was concerned and talked with people at Ruff Wear who assured me that because of the design, I would not be cutting off the circulation to Tucker’s feet.
They come in two colors - black and red. Tucker likes to be coordinated, so we of course chose red to match his Ruff Wear Harness, his “Just A Cinch”, his Batzi Belt... Well, you get the picture.
It needs to be noted the intended uses as stated by Ruff Wear: “Hiking, Backpacking, Walking, Running, For any rough or rocky terrain, For traction on slippery surfaces”
Use in deep snow is not listed as an “intended use”. Most complaints about these boots are from people who try them in deep snow. Deep snow can pull the boot off if it is not properly adjusted. Tucker did loose a boot while snowshoeing with Stan. (We found it.) Also note that this winter, single replacement boots can be purchased.
The boots work fine when walking on packed snow surfaces. They are great for protecting Tucker’s feet from the salt used on roads and sidewalks. We will probably use them for hiking next summer. You should always be alert to the surfaces where your dog is walking. If you wouldn’t be happy walking barefoot there, then your dog isn’t either.
Rating: Very Good - when used as intended.