SUP Life Jackets for Dogs - UnderDOG
Once you get into stand up paddle boarding, you’ll soon realize that
you can effortlessly spend hours on the water. Why not bring some company (in
the form of man’s best friend) along for the ride and the scenery. It’s
easy to throw the dog up on the front of your board for a ride along. If you’re
going far from shore, it’s a good idea to outfit your pooch in an SUP
life jacket for dogs. The UnderDOG by MTI is one of the best solutions on the
This innovative SUP life jacket for dogs focuses the vest flotation under the
chest of the dog, which raises the dogs head higher above the waterline than
other cape style life jackets for dogs, which focus the flotation on top of
the back of the dog and flattens the dog out in the water with the hind quarters
up higher. The UnderDOG positions the dog in a natural swim angle (head high,
hind quarters lower, and the back at an upward angle) to boost their ability
to swim to safety on their own.
There is a reinforced carry handle that serves double duty. It allows you to
easily pick the dog out of the water and is designed to easily support the full
weight of a wet dog. It also operates as a leash attachment point, which is
handy when walking the dog on docks or other areas where there is a chance for
the dog to fall in.
About SUP Life Jacket Producer MTI
MTI, out of Massachusetts, has been making life jackets for paddlesports enthusiasts
in the United States since 1991, but their roots and experience in life vest
production dates back to the 1930s in Japan where the current owners’
grandfather originally started making life jackets. It’s a small, family
owned paddle sports company and the focus on quality shows thru. Many of their
personal floatation devices (PFDs) are made in a factory owned by their extended
family in Shanghai.
In light of the 2008 United States Coast Guard ruling that stand up paddle
boarders are required to have a wearable PFD (Personal Flotation Device) aboard
their “vessel” at all times when venturing beyond swimming, surfing,
or bathing areas, MTI has made a concerted effort to provide lightweight, comfortable,
and SUP-friendly life jacket solutions. They have done an outstanding job thus
far and have established themselves as a leader in this niche SUP life jacket
market. MTI offers low-profile, inflatable SUP
life vests that are worn around the waist ready for deployment when necessary.
Thus they stay out of your way while paddling around. In the unfortunate event
you need a life vest, simply trigger the CO2 inflation canister and a bladder
inflates that you can put over your neck. They also offer more standard lightweight
up paddle surfing life vests that are designed not to interfere with arm
MTI is focused on producing the best personal flotation devices on the market.
They don't veer off focus by creating other products for the paddlesports industry
such as boats or paddles. They work closely with the United States Coast Guard
to ensure they are keeping up with the latest PFD needs, and this is precisely
why they were a first mover in the stand up paddle surfing life vest market.
Like the rest of their PFD products, the design of their SUP life vests is guided
by six core principles that are intended to get a quality safety product into
as many hands as possible, and then to ensure they get used once they are purchased.
Here are the guiding principles:
- Make it comfortable
- Make it look good
- Focus on practical and useful features
- Make it affordable
- Meet or exceed all Coast Guard regulations
- Build it to last
Go with an MTI SUP life vest and you can't really go wrong!