The dog vest Integrex is an excellence in the Konustex collection since it represents one of the best-selling products. The story of this product comes to life in 2019 although in reality the gestation started from a year before to try to get a really safe product for our faithful friend. Those who have had the opportunity to introduce their dog to this type of article will already be aware of the problem of making him accept to wear this garment, as well as the difficulties in case of rain. Sometimes it is preferred postpone to avoid discomfort or for practicality but the boar’s attack cannot be ignored and protecting one’s animal must be a priority for every hunter. It is therefore certainly a question of making an initial effort to put him in a position to get used to, you have to take your time but the possibility of securing it from the body inflicted by the boar’s tusks is priceless. The cost of the vest must necessarily be compared to the costs of veterinary care necessary in case of deep wounds and so this accessory becomes a prerogative for each exit.
Consumer expectations of this article must be clarified since who has never used such a product, mistakenly thinks it is an armor that will remain unchanged over time. If you can use it for 2 years, it’s a great result. Actually the purpose of the vest is to preserve the vital organs of the dog and for this reason, the fabric anti-perforation is positioned in the lower part of the vest.
Back and neck are not antiperforation as well as the outer layer of the vest is in nylon and so is subject to normal wear that this material can have (anyway much more resistant than a normal polyester). Konustex guarantee responds in case of holes in the lower part of the fabric while for tears in the other areas you will not be entitled to replacements or repairs. If the dog gets caught in a branch or bramble and, istead of stepping back to get out of the way, force and pull forward, obviously the dog will prevail but some seams could be loose or tear from the strength that the dog has. If not, the dog could also harm itself and therefore although by Konus there is a costant study how improving this garment, some stitching that skips may occur during use but it is something that can be remedied in tailoring. Over the past year the product however it has been significantly improved with additional bartacking just to try to reinforce the points must subject to stress and we are satisfied that the cases of breakage (due to the seams) are really limited. It also happened to some customers that after the dog survives, thanks to Integrex, a boar attack complained that the vest was to be thrown away ….welcome, we say. It means it did its job and he saved strong blows, deep wounds and so much suffering to your dog so with satisfaction buy a new one!
The effectiveness of the anti-perforation fabric is demonstrated by two different tests:
1) the screwdriver test: it is a test within everyone’s reach which is done with any flat screwdriver, two people hold the vest taut and, with all its strength, a third person strikes with the tip of the screwdriver the vest proving that it does not puncture. This test in its simplicity is very indicative since the boar’s tooth is very similar to the screwdriver.
Here is our screwdriver test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooqUpzfDuaQ
2) the riflescope machine test: as a manufacturer of riflescopes, Konus is used to testing riflescopes with a special machinery which subjects them to very strong blows simulating the recoil of really powerful weapons. We have therefore matched the hammer that normally hits the riflescopes, the usual flat-head screwdriver which is then hurled against the vest with extreme power far exceeding the strength of a wild boar. The test is passed saccesfully with some lesion of the outer layer but none involving the internal protective state.
Here is our machinery for weapons recoil test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRg8gNTCzHg
Juglling the size charts isn’t always easy but we suggest you to focus on choker and subsequently on the length of the dog’s back , already with only these 2 parameters, it is possible to discreetly distinguish the most suitable size. Integrex model is particularly adaptable thanks to wide adjustment velcro designed according to possible variations in the dog’s weight (or pregnancies). The indication remains that of not taking a model too “right” since need some leeway as well as don’t overdo it why a bodice that does not fit bothers who concerned (it can even create injuries), he doesn’t feel it is his own and therefore he won’t get used to it. Remain inevitable a percentage of cases of dogs that totally refuse this type of article even changing the models and in this case nothing else can be done, we can only reluctantly respect their inclinations; for the vast majority it will be enough instead to dedicate some days making him wear it for an increasingly longer period of time. Gradualness is necessary as well as the non desister is the first attempts are rather disappointing.
It is normal for the dog to stay still the first few times, immovable once he puts it on, increasing the time step by step, he will begin to make some movements until he convinces himself that this “foreign body” can make sense.
Integrex model was designed to facilitate the dog in this acceptance process. The more a vest wraps around, the less it will bother the dog, for this we have developed 3 fastening straps that will ensure that it gently adheres to his body.
The front legs will be inserted into the holes provided, the velcros on the back and on the neck will close, then the straps, the velcro on the back will be fixed and lastly the one on the neck. Already after 2 uses you will have gain practice and after the first days, the dog will show progress to the point of no longer feeling the vest as a foreign body.
The datails you appreciate
Some more details that we want to highlight are for example the side bands of different colour: reflective silver and fluorescent yellow. With this distinction between one side and the other the hunter will always know, seeing the dog in the distance, which side it is facing and therefore consequently where to expect the wild boar. Leash loaps and back pocket with waterproof zip make the article complete as well as the 3d mesh lining which means that the vest while adhering does not overheat it.
The vest cannot guarantee 100% protection because it should cover the dog entirely, however just be a little careful when buying and you will certainly be protected from nasty surprises and you will have the peace of mind that you have done everything possible to protect a trusted companion.
Thanks to all those who have repurchased the product happy to have ruined it by saving the dog!