Sheltered side buckles keep them snag free for serious adventurers
Not much coverage at the dog’s rear
Long dog fur can get caught when doing up neck zipper
The Ruffwear Quinzee is a well thought-out coat that offers the best balance of warmth, durability, and performance among the jackets we tested, especially for dogs on the move. It is also reasonably packable, and a good overall value. It has enough insulation and coverage for dogs idling in normally cold conditions, but if you have dogs that are not very active, or need a coat for down time in extreme conditions, the Quinzee’s lack of coverage on the dog’s rear may leave them out in the cold (go with D-Fa’s Puff Doggy).
Warmth The Quinzee has a substantial amount of quilted Thermore insulation for cold winter days. The way the jacket is cut thought, it seems better tailored dogs that are active in cold weather, rather than dogs that have hunkered down and are at rest. That’s because the jacket doesn’t completely cover the rear of the dog. If you are using the jacket for downtime only in very cold conditions, it may lack coverage over hip and shoulder joints, but if you’re using it only for hikes and other activities, the Quinzee should be warm enough.
Even though the jacket does not secure to the dog’s hind end, the way this jacket is cut, it doesn’t need to be. It doesn’t flop around, or at least not the sizes I tried on my dogs (unlike the K9 Top Coat Kodiak, which could have used some rear securing to the dog).
Durability The Quinzee’s durable shell can survive roughhousing with other dogs and bushwhacking adventures. The sheltered side buckles stay protected from getting snagged and bumped (and aren’t attractive chew toys for sibling dogs). The coat presents a realistic balance of durable materials that still allow it to be packable.
Comfort The Quinzee sheds snow well in deep conditions—the best of the jackets we’ve tested. The chest flap is secured via stretchy elastic and padded buckles, which allow for a lot of freedom of movement while maintaining a great fit. There’s also a zipper on the neck that helps to make it easy to put on—just be sure not to zip your dog’s hair in the zipper.
Quality of Materials This jacket uses a good combination of lightweight yet durable materials suitable for powder snow, bushwhacking or streetwalking in style. Details such as reflective trim helps keep your pet visible in low light
Value The price of the Quinzee was the lowest of the three coats we tested, and had the best overall performance (most versatility for active and idle dogs). That makes it the best value of the jackets we’ve seen so far.