The SpikeVest is similar to our original CoyoteVest but it uses Velcro instead of snap buckles. Just like the CoyoteVest the purpose of the SpikeVest is to help slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs.
Naturally the SpikeVest includes a full set of removable chrome spikes*. The spikes are made from very hard plastic and they're not dangerous to handle, but with enough pressure they're sharp enough to hurt. The spikes provide an important line of defense but Velcro makes them easy to remove whenever you want. (If you want black chrome spikes instead of the standard silver chrome spikes just let us know in your order notes.)
The SpikeVest is entirely constructed with a super tough puncture resistant Cordura® fabric that can resist sharp canine teeth and features a large collar to protect the back of the neck. It wraps around your dog easily and stays snug and secure with two wide Velcro belts. There's a D-ring for connecting your leash and reflective features that make your dog more visible at night. It's water repellent and there are no metal parts that can rust. It's hand-washable with a mild detergent.
Please be aware that even though the Velcro works well it could be less secure than snap buckles if not used properly.
If you're concerned with wild predators our CoyoteWhiskers and HawkShield accessories are highly recommended for the SpikeVest. For additional throat protection we recommend our Everyday Spiked Collar which can be used with the SpikeVest or by itself.
Choosing a Size
Choosing the correct size vest is easy -- the most important thing is the length of your dog's back. The collar and the waist are very adjustable but if you order a vest that is longer or shorter than the length of your dogs back it will not fit properly and you will need to exchange it. If your purchasing as a gift we do offer gift cards that can help keep your secret.
All you have to do is measure the length of the back from the shoulder to the start of the tail -- make sure the dog is standing up and not sitting. If your dog is a little rounder than normal we would recommend ordering the Extenders for the waist & possibly the Neck.
*After measuring and you are still uncertain on which size to get, it is usually better to go with the smaller size. We receive more returns/exchanges with the vest being too large rather than too small.
- Back length 7" - 9.75" recommend Mini.
- Back length 10" - 11.75" recommend Extra Small.
- Back length 12" - 14.75" recommend Small.
- Back length 15" - 19.75" recommend Medium.
- Back length 20" - 24" recommend Large. The large dog usually weighs 32+ lbs-60 lbs.
SpikeVest Size Guide
|Size||Vest Back Length||Waist||Neck|
|Mini||8.5"||9" - 14"||6" - 11"|
|X-Small||10"||13" - 18"||9" - 14"|
|Small||12"||15" - 21"||9" - 15"|
|Medium||15"||16" - 22"||10" - 16"|
|Large||20"||22" - 30"||13" - 21"|
*XS, XXS vests have 1 row of collar spikes.