Ruff and ready 

How to outfit the outdoor rec enthusiast’s best friend

We’ve seen it before: Those sad eyes. The devastated stare. That look of wanting. We’re carrying our skis or raft or backpack out the door and we give the dog the old, “Sorry, buddy. You have to stay.”

Well, maybe not. A plethora of products allow Fido to tag along, whether it’s skiing the backcountry, rafting the rapids or trekking out along some remote trail. After all, it’s always better to have a best friend along for the adventure.

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Doggles, $19.99

They may look silly, but these shades protect from UV rays, dust, wind, rocks or bugs. A wide nose bridge, foam padding around the frame and adjustable head/chin straps ensure they actually stay on.

Ruffwear K9 Float Coat, $79.95

Whether you’re rafting the rapids, floating the Blackfoot or SUPing in Frenchtown, this doggy lifejacket keeps your pup afloat. The strategically placed foam panels don’t cramp your dog’s doggy paddle, and there’s a handy handle on top for you to help your dog out of the water.


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Garmin Astro 320 Bundle, $549.99

Perfect for hunting dogs—or the type that has a tendency to stray off-trail. The GPS transmitter fits on the collar with a flexible antenna secured around the band. Bonus: It’s waterproof.


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Ruffwear OmniJore Joring System, $149

This dog-harness/towline-leash/human-hip-belt apparatus can be used for skijoring, skatejoring, bikejoring or any other kind of joring you can think of. If having your dog pull you along terrain makes you—or the dog—a bit nervous, rest assured that the quick-release setup allows you to safely bail.


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Ruffwear Grip Trex All -Terrain Paw Wear, $69.95

These booties feature Vibram soles, so you and your best friend can match in the great outdoors. Tip: Be sure to size them right. It’s no fun to see your happy pup come trotting up to you, wet and tail wagging, with only three of the four booties still on.


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PIEPS TX600 Dog Avalanche Transmitter, $149.95

This mini transmitter with a frequency of 456,000 kHz is ideal for avalanche rescue dogs, hunting dogs or backcountry powder hounds. Attaches to the dog’s collar and has a receiving range of 15 meters.

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