This is for all of the dog walkers who read my blog, or the ones who don’t let things like the pesky weather get in their way of outdoor activities.
I really don’t mind dog walking in the summer. Its actually a great way of getting some sunshine, and having a quick stride out, don’t you think? I’m not so keen however, on walking the dog in the autumn and winter, especially if its raining or muddy. Urgh! I can’t think of anything worse if I’m honest in the cold and rain. However I have to do it everyday, both dog walking and the school run, so its a case of just getting on with it. Plus Bennett our dog is very appreciative, its hard to say no to that face!
It’s absolutely essential to have the right gear! So that means for me, a coat with a hood, because you only have one pair of hands, so an umbrella isn’t a great idea. As well as a decent pair of waterproof and sturdy shoes or boots. This month we have been working with Millets and testing out a couple of coats (one for me, and the other for the Tall Fella) and I’ve also been testing out a pair of boots.
Alex opted for this Peter Storm jacket, as his top choice for dog walking. He prefers something more lightweight and breathable. His naturally quite warm, so doesn’t need anything padded. There was plenty of choice of mens jackets on the Millets site. It has waterproof Storm Shield technology and taped seams really does protect you from the rain. As it started to absolutely pour down just moments after we took these photos. It also packs away into its own bag, so this one is perfect for him to put in the boot of his car. Its actually a great price at £60.
I went for a pair of BRASHER, country trekker walking boots, which are on offer at the time of writing this – reduced from £120.00 to £84.00. You can find similar footwear HERE.
Fully waterproof, superb traction and a hard-wearing upper makes the Women’s Country Trekker Walking Boot from Brasher ideal for dog walking on country trails, commutes to work or even something a bit more adventurous.
- Waterproof – eVent® technology guarantees protection from the rain and wet terrain without compromising breathability.
- Vibram® outsole – unbeatable grip on all terrain including wet and rocky trails.
- Cushioned underfoot – the EVA midsole provides added comfort and support.
- Comfortable footbed – the PU footbed offers a lightweight and flexible construction.
- Toe protection – rubber toe rand protects your toes from stubs and rocky trails.
- Upper: Premium suede
I was expecting them to feel heavy and awkward as they are much bulkier in size than a normal shoe, but instead they were very comfortable and actually quite lightweight. As a side they really supported my arch and felt quite bouncy as I walked. and as someone who suffers with plantar fasciitis they felt like extremely supportive and comfortable.
The jacket I opted for was longer and more padded that my husbands, as I’m the kind of person who likes to wear a two or three layers and a coat, in order to keep warm. I also opted for a PETER STORM jacket. I was impressed by the history of the brand, and I’d had one of their jackets years ago, and it really impressed me, so decided it would be a good one to go for. Its called the Dusk Insulated Jacket and is half price currently at £60.00. You can find more HERE.
I wore a lons sleeve thick top, and a jumper underneath, as it does look snug in this pgotograph, but it fitted like a glove. I liked the shape and the quilted lining, as well as the drop hem.
- Waterproof – stay dry thanks to Storm Shield + waterproofing which sheds rain effectively.
- Removable, fully adjustable hood – for extra weather protection.
- Internal funnel neck collar
- Soft brushed Tricot lining with quilted style
- Storm flap with concealed stud closures and Velcro
- Multiple pockets – 2 concealed, zipped hand pockets and 1 internal zipped pocket.
- Dropped hem
- Longer length jacket with feminine shape
- Velcro adjustable cuffs
- Adjustable waist with cordlock toggle system
- Fabric: Fleck textured Nylon
Such a simple thing, but quite honestly putting a little thought into your outerwear when you are dog walking, makes such a difference. I’d definitely recommend checking out Millets if you need to add to your clothing and shoes that are suitable.