HURTTA TORRENT COAT
Cherry Pink + Fern Green (limited colour)
18″ back (22″ neck, 24-32″ chest) + 12″ back (17″ neck, 18-23″ chest)
$50.88 + $55.11 through eBay and HyperDrug UK ($75-80 MSRP)

SUMMARY:
+ Allows for full mobility with protection from rain and some wind, but not cold
+ Easy-to-clean and dry, high-quality lightweight materials
+ Adjustable, easy-to-fit, and attractive on most dogs
+ Button at rear blocks bathroom access, although can be useful when timed
+ Belly coverage is minimal and inner liner isn’t waterproof

OVERALL RATING (OUT OF 5): 3.67
Function: 4.5 // Durability: 3.5 // Value: 3.5 // Aesthetics: 4.5 // Fit: 4.5

REVIEW:
The Hurtta Torrent Coat is easily the best raincoat on the market for dogs right now, as we haven’t found anything remotely close in terms of coverage against rain and wind, or in quality of design, function, and aesthetics.

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Deer (right) is sporting the Torrent, while Jasper (left) has the older model, the Raincoat.

The Torrent is designed intricately and thoughtfully – from the 3M reflectors to harness access – and manufactured with the same care. The stitch work is excellent and the various parts of the design come together seamlessly to create an exceptional raincoat for dogs. It carries a high price tag, but at a discount, worth every penny!

img_7463-jpgA closer look at the inner (lower right) and outer (upper left) fabrics, feat. HoundTex.

Hurtta’s HoundTex material, featured on almost all their clothing, is no joke when it comes to breathability and weather resistance. Houndtex is soft and flexible to the touch, relatively noiseless, but wrinkles a little if not stored neatly. It dries quickly, and is also machine washable, although hand washing is still advised, because the material is non-ripstop. If your dog especially loves running against sharp vegetation like thorns or branches, you can expect some tears, but for all other reasonable uses, it is quite durable.

The lining inside the coat isn’t waterproof however, and it’s generally not an issue as the outer HoundTex shell is, but if your dog somehow gets water in there (i.e. jumping into a puddle, or running through wet vegetation), the lining will retain the moisture, making your dog effectively humid on the inside.

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Deer feels like a little bad-ass in her Torrent, and I don’t blame her – it looks pretty cool!

The lightweight aspect of this coat is one of my favourites – it protects little against cold for my short-haired dogs, but it’s perfect for a warm rainy day from late Spring to early Fall. While the Torrent doesn’t pack as small as my RC Pets Rain Ponchos, it’s still very compact.

But packing the Torrent after use can be a problem. While wearing any raincoat is about reducing the mess on your dog, the raincoat itself can still get quite wet and muddy after a good rainfall. The Torrent is no different, so expect to have to clean up yourself after removing the coat – although as mentioned previously, the Torrent washes and dries easily, and you’ll soon be able to use it again. If you have to pack it away while wet and muddy, I would recommend carrying a plastic bag to store it in!

img_7464-jpgA bottom view of the front of the jacket, featuring the front flaps, both stretchy pieces of fabric, the adjustable collars, reflectors, and the chest piece with buckle straps.

Coverage is easily the most important part of using rain gear on a dog, especially a long-haired one – the more places it covers, the more dry your dog is and the less cleaning you will have to do. The Torrent features a long collar, flaps for the rear, a chest panel, and a lowered back thigh design, essentially covering all areas of the dog except for the head, lower legs, lower belly, and tail, which all makes sense. I do wish there was more belly coverage because it still gets quite wet/muddy from kick up on both my dogs. (Hurtta does make another item called the Slush Combat Suit if you’re interested in having full leg coverage, but some dogs, like mine, do not respond well to onesies.)

This piece of gear/clothing fits Deer quite well and Jasper almost perfectly. I was scared with the collar being too large, but the adjustable cords really help. Same with the adjustable buckle strap because both are on the smaller side of the chest girth range. However, Deer is technically between the 18″ and 20″ sizes and this coat is right in that middle (whereas the Extreme Warmer fits large and we use 18″ and the Summit Parka fits small and we use 20″).

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A close-up of the top, the area above the front legs. You can see the lower collar adjustable cord, the flap that covers the harness access, and reflectors running along.

The collar is adjustable in two places, insuring a comfortable fit and coverage on the neck, whether your dog’s is short or long. On the bottom of the neck is a stretchier piece of fabric that allows for non-constricting conformation. This same piece of fabric is also featured near the upper belly, to help keep moisture out, but allow mobility.  It is attached to the buckle attachment around the body, which is accessible on the back, making it fairly easy and quick to adjust, and take on and off. I just wish the belly coverage was longer! In the same area, the harness access has snap buttons if the opening isn’t used, but still leaks very little rain in when it is. We haven’t tried this raincoat in heavy rain or pouring conditions yet, but I can assume it will hold up decently.

Snap buttons are also featured in the rear flaps, which is where the design is a little debatable. These rear flaps can be snapped together right under the tail, but becomes a problem when the dog is defecating. While closed, it provides for additional back leg coverage, but unless you are sure your dog has pooped everything out, it can quickly become a mess. In fact, we don’t use it because of one mistimed poop incident.

This same cut and design is featured on the Hurtta Ultimate Warmer, too, which is essentially the colder weather version of the Torrent. However, the Ultimate Warmer also features two snap buttons on the inside of the coat so you can fold in the flaps and “store” them. The Torrent may be thin, but it could do with these just in case. Check out @robinventure’s blog post on how to add your own.

img_5622Deer has a slightly longer than average neck, but when it’s not raining, I pull the cords back on the collar so it allows for more airflow.

An important factor to a well-designed dog coat is mobility. The Torrent does not constrict any movement at the very least for either of my dogs and they seem to move completely the same as without.

If you choose not to use the elastic bands for the rear legs, you can expect some sliding of the coat to either or both sides. Some dogs simply don’t like the feeling of the bands, so this may be an issue, but for my dogs, elastic bands are basically “not there” and really make a difference to keeping the coat centered. They’re a little long my dogs in all Hurtta coats so I tie a knot to shorten them.

Taking on and off the coat is easy with the buckle attachment, but you must have a dog that allows you to put clothing on over their heads. Once you have the neck part over the dog, the rest of the coat is very easy to fit – you just reach for the buckle straps under the front chest and between the legs and around the chest to the top to put it together. You only have to adjust the collar bungee cords and put on the elastic bands for the rear legs if you want a closer fit, but if you’re in a rush, your dog should be just fine.

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FINAL SAY: Highly recommended. With just a few minor flaws, hands down, the Hurtta Torrent Raincoat is the best raincoat I have seen and tested for dogs yet. It features far more coverage than any other, and has small details that can really make a difference to its function. To boot, it’s night-safety approved, and quite attractive and visible in the colour we have, so we proudly wear it in almost every wet condition that isn’t too cold!

SIMILAR ITEMS (REVIEWS COMING SOON):
+ Ruffwear Cloud Chaser
+ Hurtta Slush Combat
+ RC Pets Rain Poncho

Originally written Dec. 2016, updated again Nov. 2017