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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.

    Country of Origin: Made in USA.

    Mendota Skid Plate Chest Protector
    Item # 5757


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    PLEASE ORDER YOURS NOW IF YOU NEED IT SOON. Supply chain issues are affecting almost every manufacturer. We will completely sell out of many items this season. Web site is updated at least twice daily on weekdays.

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    Customer Reviews

    Review Summary
    131 Reviews
    78% (102)
    13% (17)
    7% (9)
    1% (1)
    2% (2)
    97% Recommend this product (127 of 131 responses)
    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 Mark M.
    Visibility and protection
    December 30, 2020
    I initial bought this to provide some safety for my mostly white GSP in the snow. She's very difficult to see with a collar alone. I was worried about her overheating with some of the other designs, which seem to favor duck hunting. I had also previously used a similar vest to this to help with visibility in the snow, but it used velcro to attach so it didn't stay on well when hunting really brushing cover. The Mendota is the ticket with it's buckle strap closures, minimal but sufficient design and tough material. If you have big running upland dogs, this is the best designed dog vest I've seen.
    • I chose this product for the buckle closures, tough fabric, and that it won't overheat the dog like other designs.
    • My only improvement would be to have the waste buckle (closest to tail) attach on the side of the dog, because the plastic buckle sits on top of the high point of the spine. I adjusted the straps to help the buckle sit to the side to prevent rubbing, but it's not perfect. Having the strap on one side designed to be longer than the other side would easily solve this problem by making the buckle close on the dog's side. My finger is on my dog's spine in the photo below to help show this.
    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 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
    By Jeremy
    Traverse City, MI
    Turns your dog pink when wet
    February 15, 2021
    Quality of materials (buckles, fabric, and stitching) used to construct this vest is good, but when the material gets wet it turns my English setters coat pink (which doesn’t come off). This isn’t a problem when the material is dry. Glad I had it on my dog to protect his chest when he jumped through a barbed wire fence this weekend.
    • Good protection and freedom of movement.
    • Not color fast. Turns your white dog pink when wet.
    By Stuart
    Minneapolis, MN
    skid plate review
    January 27, 2021
    I have an earlier skid plate just like this one that I have used for two years while hunting pheasants. It has worked great, easy to put on, rugged material and protects the dog well. A good addition to your hunting supplies. I like it a lot.
    By Tony
    The best
    December 30, 2020
    Very happy with the protection the vests provided to my griff. Super strong and looks like it'll last for years. After wasting money on flimsy vests I am now set and have confidence this will protect my baby.
    • Light
    • Strong
    • Blaze orange is very bright
    • None
    By jeff a.
    A good investment!
    December 28, 2020
    After an unfortunate incident in the field and a substantial vet bill it seems hindsight is always 20/20. So I purchased this item on several recommendations and am happy with my puppys' comfort and my piece of mind. Easy to adjust and easy to place on my dog.
    By Randy
    Cedarville, MI
    Well made protector
    December 26, 2020
    This has worked well. Easy to put in and adjust. My setter is about 35 lbs with a deep but narrow chest. Small fits well.
    • Easy to put on and adjust. Seems well made and durable
    • None
    By John
    Northern IL
    Mendota Skid Plate
    December 23, 2020
    Would recommend this product wholeheartedly! Easy to use and protects our Braque Franciase's underbelly wonderfully.
    By Rich
    St. Michael, MN
    Mendota Skid Plate - Orange
    December 22, 2020
    Excellent fit for my black lab. Second one I've purchased as he outgrew his first. The skid plate offers great protection in heavy brush and also protects against barbwire fences. Would highly recommend for your dog!
    • Easy on and off. Washable. Great protection for the dog.
    • None
    By Bob
    Burlington WI
    Good Product
    December 21, 2020
    I ordered this for my French Brittany (in standard) and it is a good product but, even made as small as possible it is still to large. While hunting, 3 times she came back to me with a front paw hobbled thru the neck space. Wish they made it in Extra Small for the smallest hunting breeds but understand that they would not sell a bunch of them.
    • Well built, extra layer of cordura to help prevent abrasions and increase durability.
    • Cannot be made small enough for the smallest of the hunting breeds.
    By Anthony B.
    Mendota Skid Plate
    December 21, 2020
    Nice fit. One change I had to make was a notch/cut out so my male dog did not urinate on the bottom/skid plate. Dog is a male Lab average size. Well built just a tad long on the bottom.
    By JAMES H.
    December 20, 2020
    Its working good, and appears to be durable enough to hold up.
    • The fluorescent orange color makes it easier to find my short, mostly black dog in the sagebrush.
    By Brian
    Charles City, Iowa
    Good product
    December 19, 2020
    This product has good quality and I can expand it as my yellow lab grows. I would recommend this product for anyone
    By Jeff
    Very happy with size L(Large)
    November 29, 2020
    Very happy with high vis and protection

    Purchased for my English labrador, black. She's 9mos, solid 65lbs. I purchased for visibility during dear season and as prep for getting pup used to neoprene vest. I really like this vest. She's a waterfowl dog and I like to be able to see her when we are in the brush and field training. I should have purchased long ago.
    • Visibility
    • Fit
    • Adjustments
    • None
    By Thompson T.
    In the Smokey Northwest
    A Tank
    September 18, 2020
    My puddlepointer loves it. She’s a tank in the brush. Have friend that did have a puddlepointer but lost it because of stick in the chest. I don’t want that.
    • All pros
    • No cons

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