Discover the Comfort, Flexibility and Dryness of Smock Life

Hello fellow dog lovers! How do we stay dry and comfortable when out with our furry friends? What’s your best dog walking coat? Ever considered a waterproof smock?

We all know the joy of taking our pups out whether it’s a quick walk around the block or a more adventurous trek through the woods. However, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with our plans. Rain, wind, and unexpected splashes from puddles can turn a fun outing into a soggy mess.

That’s where the trusty dog walking jacket comes in, right? It seemed like the obvious choice to keep me dry and shielded from the elements. But here’s the thing – as much as I loved my waterproof jacket, it had its drawbacks. It was bulky and it restricted my movements.

We need to find a better way to stay dry. That’s when I discovered the magic of the waterproof smock.

The motivation behind my switch from a traditional jacket to a waterproof and windproof smock was simple: I wanted something that could keep me dry without cramping my style. I wanted freedom of movement, breathability, and above all, I wanted to stay dry and comfortable, no matter what the weather threw at me.

dog walking smockWhat is a waterproof smock?

Think of it as your ultimate shield against the elements. It’s like a supercharged version of your favourite raincoat, but with a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

First off, let’s talk about the waterproof part. A waterproof smock is designed to keep you dry, regardless of how hard the rain comes down. It’s made from special materials that repels water so you can stay cosy and dry even in the midst of a downpour.

Unlike traditional jackets, which can be bulky and restrictive, a waterproof smock is all about freedom of movement. It’s lightweight and flexible, so you can move around with ease, whether you’re hiking up a mountain or just chasing after your furry friend at the park.

Plus, many waterproof smocks come with handy features like adjustable hoods, pockets for storing a spare lead, and even ventilation options to keep you cool when things start to heat up.

So, a waterproof smock is like your secret weapon against bad weather. It’s lightweight, flexible, and above all, it’s your ticket to staying dry and comfortable on all your outdoor adventures.

Why is a smock great for dog walks

Let’s talk about why a smock is the bee’s knees when it comes to dog walking!

First things first, dogs are spontaneous creatures. One minute they’re happily trotting beside you, and the next they’re bounding through a muddy puddle like it’s the best thing since sliced bread. And guess who ends up wearing that mud? Yep, you guessed it – you!

But fear not, because a smock is here to save the day. Unlike traditional jackets, which you might find a pain to clean and maintain, a smock features durable, easy-to-clean materials. So when your furry friend decides to go off-roading through the mud, you can rest easy knowing that a quick wipe-down is all it takes to get your smock looking good as new.

But that’s not the only reason why a smock is perfect for dog walking. Traditional jackets can be bulky and restrictive, making it hard to keep up with your pup’s boundless energy. But a smock? It’s lightweight and flexible, so you can move around with ease.

And let’s not forget about protection from the elements. Whether it’s rain, wind, or snow, a smock has got you covered.

A smock is the ultimate companion for all your dog walking adventures. It’s durable, easy to clean, and above all, it’s your ticket to staying comfortable and dry, no matter where the trail takes you.

Different styles of smocks

Hoggs of Fife Smocks

Alright, let’s talk about Hoggs of Fife smocks. These smocks are not your average outdoor gear!

Walker wearing the Hoggs of Fife Struther Waterproof Smock

Image: Walker wearing the Hoggs of Fife Struther Waterproof Smock

Firstly, we’ve got the Classic Waterproof Smock, the hoggs of fife struther waterproof smock. This particular smock is the pioneer of the Hoggs of Fife smock family. It’s made from tough, waterproof fabric that’ll keep you dry no matter how hard the rain is coming down. Plus, it’s got everything you need for a day out in the great outdoors with your pup, like adjustable cuffs, a large front pocket for treats, zipped side pockets and a handy hood.

If looking for a ladies version, then check out the Sturther smock for ladies.

Next, we’ve got the Lightweight Waterproof Smock, the Hoggs of Fife Green King II waterproof smock. Think of this one as the little brother of the Classic. It’s made from a waterproof fabric again, but it’s lighter and more breathable, making it perfect for those days when the weather can’t make up its mind. Plus, it packs down small, so you can toss it in your backpack and forget about it until you need it.

Hoggs of Fife Green King II Waterproof Smock

Image: Hoggs of Fife Green King II Waterproof Smock

Man with dog wearing Hoggs of Fife Struther Trilaminate Smock

Image: Man with Dog Wearing Hoggs of Fife Struther Trilaminate Waterproof Smock

And last but not least, we’ve got the Long ¾ length Waterproof Smock, Struther Trilaminate smock. This bad boy is for those days when you need a little extra length. Its made from a trilaminate fabric which means it’s a multi-layered material where three layers overlap each other to create a watertight fabric.

The inner and outer lining create durability and strength where the middle layer is the membrane keeping you dry. Plus, it’s got all the same features as the Classic, so you know you’re getting top-notch quality.

Ridgeline Smocks

Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Ridgeline smocks, perfect for all you dog walkers out there! Ridgeline knows a thing or two about crafting gear that can handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way, and their smocks are no exception. So, let’s break down the different styles and why they’re perfect for your daily dog walks.

First up, we’ve got the Monsoon Smock. It’s made from tough, waterproof fabric that’ll keep you bone dry, no matter how hard the rain is coming down. With its adjustable cuffs and roomy pockets, the Monsoon Smock is the perfect companion for braving the elements with your furry friend. Definitely a contender if looking for a mens waterproof smock.

If looking for a ladies waterproof smock, then check out the Monsoon II Classic Smock for ladies.

Man wearing Ridgline Monsoon II Classic

Image: Man Wearing Ridgeline Monsoon II Classic Smock

Women wearing the unisex Ridgeline Tempest Smock

Image: Women wearing the unisex Ridgeline Tempest Smock

Next, we’ve got the unisex waterproof Tempest Smock. It’s made from lightweight, breathable fabric that’s perfect for those days when the weather can’t make up its mind. It’s got a handy hood to keep your head dry, and it packs down small, so you can easily stash it in your backpack or car for impromptu walks. Whether you’re hitting the trails or just wandering around the neighbourhood, the Tempest Smock has got you covered.

How to Clean and Waterproof a Smock

Alright, fellow adventurers, let’s talk about how to keep your smock in tip-top shape after those muddy dog walks. Cleaning and waterproofing your smock might seem like a hassle, but trust me, it’s worth it to keep it performing at its best.

First things first, let’s talk about cleaning. When you get back from your walk and your smock is covered in mud and dog slobber, resist the urge to just toss it in the laundry with the rest of your clothes. Simply follow these steps:

  • Give it a quick rinse with some cold water to get rid of any surface dirt
  • Fill up a sink or bucket with some lukewarm water and gently scrub any stubborn stains with a soft brush
  • You can use Nikwax Tech Wash, this is a mild soap that will help to clean off any stubborn mud
  • Once you’ve got it nice and clean, rinse it thoroughly with cold water and hang it up to air dry.

Over time, the waterproof coating on your smock can start to wear off, leaving you vulnerable to the elements. But fear not, because re-waterproofing your smock is a breeze. Simply follow these steps:

  • Grab a bottle of waterproofing spray such as Nikwax TX Direct or Grangers Tent & Gear Repel and give your smock a good once-over. Make sure to pay extra attention to areas like the seams and zippers, where water can sneak in
  • Let it dry naturally before wearing it
  • You can also wash it in Nikwax TX Direct Wash In, if this is easier

And there you have it, cleaning and waterproofing your smock is easy, and it’ll keep you and your furry friend dry and comfortable on all your outdoor adventures. So next time you come back from a muddy dog walk, don’t stress – just give your smock a little TLC, and it’ll be good as new in no time.


In conclusion, finding the right gear for our outdoor adventures with our furry companions is essential. When it comes to staying dry and comfortable, the waterproof smock emerges as a hero. Unlike traditional jackets, which can be restrictive, a smock offers flexibility and ease of movement, ensuring we can keep up with our dogs’ boundless energy. Moreover, its durable and easy-to-clean materials make it a practical choice for dog walkers. Whether it’s a quick stroll around the block or a hike through the woods, the waterproof smock provides the protection we need from the elements, allowing us to enjoy our time outdoors with our four-legged friends to the fullest.

So, next time you gear up for a dog walk, consider the comfort, flexibility, and dryness that a waterproof smock can offer.

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