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Mendota Skid Plate Chest Protector

Offers high visibility and total mobility with an open back to avoid overheating.

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  • Available in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-Large
  • Recommended by veterinarians to protect post-surgical wounds
  • Designed with your dog in mind, the Mendota Skid Plate offers high visibility and total mobility with an open back to avoid overheating
  • Two layers of water-resistant 1000 denier Cordura nylon for extreme durability and protection from the worst abrasions, cuts and punctures the field has to offer
  • Adjustable strap system made of rugged nylon webbing with quick-release buckles, slide adjusters, and a steel center ring to ensure the Skid Plate stays on while providing the best possible fit
  • Blaze Orange color

  • Sizing Chart

    * Weights listed are for quick reference only to be used when measurements are not available.

    Chest Width (Between Front Legs) Chest Circumference Waist Circumference Weight *
    Small 2 1/2-3 1/2" 20-28" 17-25" 25-45 lbs.
    Medium 3-4" 23-31" 20-28" 45-65 lbs.
    Large 4-5" 26-34" 23-31" 65-85 lbs.
    X-Large 5-6" 29-37" 26-34" 85+lbs.

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    Customer Reviews

    Review Summary
    145 Reviews
    79% (115)
    12% (18)
    6% (9)
    1% (1)
    1% (2)
    97% Recommend this product (141 of 145 responses)
    By Allen
    Best protection I have found
    September 28, 2022
    This chest protector is of good quality and well engineered. My lab is under 80# but required an XL size because of his deep muscular chest.

    It fits great, would not run this aggressive hunting dog in the sage brush without it.
    • Good fit when sized right
    • None
    By Taylor
    Great protection
    December 5, 2021
    This is our second skid plate we have purchased because our GSP outgrew the first one, so we bought the next size up. Love the adjustable straps and it covers the upper and lower chest well, which is sometimes hard to find in products with how deep GSPs chests are. The blaze orange is great for high visibility in brush while hunting. It seems to be comfortable on our dog and not rub her wrong in any places. Highly recommend!
    • Adjustable, high visibility, comfortable, fits wells
    By Wes
    Great Product
    March 17, 2021
    After some adjusting, the vest worked well. Quality workmanship. Protects dog well. Lots of adjustment which you'll need to make it fit properly and prevent it from moving around.
    • Works well
    • None so far
    By ERIC
    January 4, 2021
    Great visibility and added protection for my GSP, without adding much weight and nothing to over heat the dog
    • visibility
    • adjustability
    • Very easy to put on
    • great protection for the dogs chest and belly
    • none yet
    By Dave D.
    Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    Excellent product!
    December 15, 2020
    I bought the Mendota Skid Plate Vest for my 2 setters after trying a hook and loop style that didn't fit well and kept coming off. The adjustable straps on the Mendota vest allowed me to custom fit them for each dog and the open design prevented overheating on those warmer fall days. With 50 plus days in a variety of terrains in the grouse and woodcock woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula the Mendota vest protected my dogs bellies and the handle on the back was great for correcting the dogs during training.
    • Easily adjustable straps, durable material, highly visible orange color
    • None
    By #uplandqueen
    Southwest Michigan
    Better then expected
    October 13, 2020
    Bought this to help my 10 month old lab when she's running grouse and woodcock. Got it fit to her and haven't looked back. Must have for any upland running pup.
    • True to size
    • Light weight
    • Good adjusting
    • A little tough to clean but who really cares.
    By Whiskey B.
    Exactly what we wanted for our adventurous Bully
    October 11, 2020
    Believe it or not our athletic English Bulldog loves to grouse hunt with her Chocolate Lab sister. She is a bulldozer through the brush, but her belly was getting beaten up. As her chest is so big versus her length, we got a medium and cinch the back 2 straps together to stop the back strap falling over her hind end, but it is still perfect. It has worked really well.
    By Alex
    These things never die
    April 12, 2024
    I don't quite know how these haven't dominated this particular niche market. They fit a wide variety of dog shapes, are easy to custom fit for each dog, keep their brightness if you regularly throw them in with your laundry, are VERY reasonably priced, and seem impossible to destroy no matter how hard my dogs try.

    Our GSP wears one from 4 years ago, and we just got another for our ECS. (See photo.) We'll be buying these as long as they make them.
    By Joe
    North Jersey
    Great product
    January 20, 2024
    Great vest fits my 80lb Lab perfectly.
    • I had your old version of this vest which gave me year of great service. The new vest has Blaze Orange straps which makes my Lab more visible when he is in the thickets. I also love the fact that it was made in America.
    • None
    By Steve
    Working great so far
    December 5, 2023
    Works great , very adjustable which is awesome for a GSP with their deep chest. Also no rubbing around his “pits” even after a 4 hour day.
    By Wes
    Great vest
    November 7, 2023
    This dog vest/skid plate worked great for my 75lb Labrador. It's very adjustable and provided great protection for him and his underside.
    • Lots of adjustability, protection and great visibility.
    • The buckles did "walk" a little and loosen up, but it was manageable.
    By Robyn
    Perfect Belly Protector
    November 7, 2023
    I bought this for my Vizsla who loves running in the woods. This Skid plate protects her belly and chest all while making her visible. Highly recommended this product.
    By Jeff
    Ellsworth, KS
    Great chest protection!
    March 16, 2023
    Just another great product from gundogsupply.
    • Great fit. Easy to adjust. Durable.
    • None
    By Jon
    great vest
    January 25, 2023
    This is a sturdy effective vest for hunting and recreation
    By Greg
    Awesome product
    January 5, 2023
    I highly recommend this product, it's very well designed, adjustable, the fabric is very tough & flexible. It fits both my Labs very well!
    • All around an excellent product
    • None
    By Greg R.
    Golden , CO
    Skid plate
    December 15, 2022
    Shane loves his new skid plate along with the Garmin Sport Pro collar. Found 7 pheasants today, 12 degrees and 4 inches of snow, just right!
    • Easily adjusted, doesnt bind around chest and legs. Works as advertised.
    • None
    By Jim
    Woods of Pa
    better fit
    December 3, 2022
    This worked better than the other style, it does not rub on the front legs.
    • Very adjustable, I have labs They can have different body shapes,
    • The harness can get twisted up before you put it on. Can take a little time to figger it out.
    By John
    New England
    Rugged and functional
    December 1, 2022
    I got this for my lab to wear when we're out in the brush after upland game. He's medium size but very athletic build and a size large fits his chest perfectly. It's a bit loose around his belly, even with the straps cinched in. The good news is he doesn't mind wearing it for several hours and it's cut so that it doesn't rub around his armpits like his last vest. We've only had it out 3 times, but it appears to be holding up well against the brambles and brush. So far I have no complaints.
    By Lorene D.
    Dayton Nevada
    Great product
    November 24, 2022
    This skid plate is as advertised and was recommended to me for my Brittany hunting. They have great customer service.
    By Pete
    Mendota Skid Plate Chest Protector
    September 29, 2022
    Second skid plate - first he outgrown. Easy to apply, made of durable but flexible nylon and easy to clean. Covers the vital areas in the event the dog crashes a fence or runs through heavy briars. Most importantly, its lightweight so he doesn't overheat.
    • Lightweight to reduce overheating yet durable for protection.
    • Buckles could be off center of backbone for greater comfort to dog.
    By Jeff
    McCook Nebraska
    Well made
    March 26, 2022
    This vest is well-made and adjusts to nicely fit my lab. She has worn it for a couple of training runs and it seems tough and comfortable.
    By Andy
    East Tennessee
    Rubbed the front under arms raw
    March 2, 2022
    I purchased this chest protector for two reasons: chest protection from briars and sticks, and the other reason was for a little more visibility. Yes, it saved the chest but at the cost of raw and now hairless front legs. We only used it once for fours hours.
    By birddogkc
    I like it. Dog likes it
    February 19, 2022
    New dog and needed a chest protector. I've previously used Filson, but those are not available. These are and work great. Durable with decent protection and most importantly, no rubbing or irritation under the front legs. Medium was a good fit for my 45 pound setter.
    By Tom O.
    Skid plate chest protector
    January 13, 2022
    Fits well. Appears to be well made. Haven't had a chance to use it yet.
    • Fits well. Well made
    By Larry
    Elk River, MN
    Orange Dog Vest
    November 16, 2021
    Vest is very durable and goes on easily! Protects my dogs chest and belly. Helps to keep my dog safe from being accidentally shot. Highly recommend!
    By Keith
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
    Lightweight protection
    October 19, 2021
    This is my second purchase of the skid plate. It provides protection for my females, keeping them from rubbing their teats raw. Good warm weather vest as it has more ventilation.
    By Shelby
    Causes sore spot and hair loss on front shoulders
    September 20, 2021
    Vest fits as advertised but the neck yoke where it attaches to skid plate is rough and it cause a sore spot and hair loss on both of Buckshot's front shoulders. He wore four times for about and hour each time. Contacted Gun Dog and they suggested hand washing. Will know results soon.
    By Kevin
    September 16, 2021
    I couldn’t find this kid played anywhere else. Then dog supply had it in stock and it only took two days to get to me
    • If it?s my dog perfect exactly the protection my dog needs
    • I haven?t found any
    By Cathy
    the Green Mtn. State
    March 19, 2021
    Does what it needs to do...protects your best friends chest/belly.
    • Multiple adjustment. Easy on/off.
    • wish there was a little cushioning on part that fits close to chest/between front legs - to prevent rubbing.
    By Cory
    Solid item
    February 18, 2021
    Easy to put on and off protecting belly great for upland
    • Easy to adjust, visible, good in hot and snowy cold weather, long lasting in the woods or prairie lands

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