I was excited when I found out I was finally going to have a Rohan coat of my own. Now I know there a those out the who say dogs don’t need coats – and as a Border Terrier with a lovely double coat of fur I would normally agree, but let me explain. For the last year I have begun to suffer badly with environmental allergies. The short of it being that come Spring I am bathed in medicated shampoo if I’m lucky only twice a week. It’s not so bad and I’ve grown accustomed to it, but it does mean my coat doesn’t get the opportunity to produce its lovely natural oils meaning it has no natural waterproofing and I can get cold very quickly. But enough about me.
My olds (you know – the ones I live with) have a lot of Rohan kit for every eventuality. This particular coat started out as an Elite Rider Jacket belonging to my old man. Following a Mountain Biking accident the jacket did sustain a small tear on the sleeve (and him a broken thumb) rendering it out of action, but this is where I got lucky. The ripped coat was passed to my friend Jo at Trampy Ted for a re-style. What came back was the first ever hand made bespoke Rohan Dog Elite Jacket and this is my review.
So I’ve had coats before, mostly for winter time. Who can forget the lovely Barbour jacket – I rolled that in sheep poo on its inaugural outing. What I was missing was a lightweight waterproof, suited to the April showers without being padded or weighty and uncomfortable. The Elite is perfect. The lightweight material gives it a barely there feel which means it doesn’t irritate my already sensitive skin. It’s wind and waterproofing means my body is kept dry during any sudden downpours so no shivering or needing to turn back when the spring weather takes a sudden turn. It’s crease resistance means I can still look smart even if it’s been packed into their pocket, and the bright colour and reflective trim means I can be safe and seen even into Dusk and Darkness. Due to the original design of the Rider jacket and clever tailoring of Jo I even have a pocket for emergency noms. My new Rohan coat provides me with the practical protection my allergy shampooed coat lacks and without fuss. I plan to be wearing it for many years to come and adding to my collection should my olds have any other, how shall I put it – little accidents.