After the incident with my dog being lost in the sea and saved by Kyjen outdoor hound life jacket, I was pretty much a fan of this product category. I actually bought a second jacket from a different brand just to make sure that I was buying the best for my dog. The second brand I bought was Paws Aboard and it was 6 months after I had purchased Kyjen. I chose to buy Paws Aboard as it was getting great reviews on Amazon so I thought I should give it a try. In general, both dog life jackets are great for my dog. It didn’t make him feel uncomfortable and he was able to move freely in either of them.
If you want the specifics, then you might want to read my experience for the Paws Aboard dog life jacket below.
(Updated: check out my best 3 dog life jacket review article for more reviews)
Paws Aboard dog life jacket review
Rather than giving you the details on every feature for this life jacket, which is actually similar to the ones I listed for the Kyjen review article, I am going to zoom in on their subtle differences since I happen to own both brands.
I am going to list very quickly what both brands offer:
- Floatation for both brands is very good. My dog has no problems swimming for hours in either of these life jackets.
- Bright colors on both brands for easy spotting.
- Both brands are pretty well made with high quality materials
- Secured fit for both brands
As I mentioned, both brands are pretty solid when it comes to the basic things. How are they different? Read on.
The differences are subtle and are not deal breakers in any way. I am highlighting them as some readers might want to know how Kyjen vs Paws Aboard compares with each other.
- Sizing chart: Paws Board has a better sizing chart in my opinion as the sizes they indicated matches my expectation perfectly. For Kyjen, I had to refer to the weight reference to be able to order the correct size.
- Stitching: The stitching quality is better on Kyjen. For Paws Aboard, I am starting to see the front stitching coming apart which reduces the life span of the jacket considerably.
- Handles for getting dog out of water: Beside the floatation, another important point to consider is how easy or difficult to carry your dog out of water. In this case, the Kyjen came out on top because (i) there was 2 handles on top for my hands ot grab on and (ii) there was extra padded materials at the bottom to prevent the straps from hurting the belly of the dog. Based on the above, I would say Kyjen dog life jacket has the better handling among the 2 brands.
Overall, I would say both product are worth your money. If you want to nitpick, I would say Kyjen comes out just slightly ahead due to is superior handling and stronger stitching. However, just make sure you are careful about Kyjen’s sizing as Paws Aboard has a better sizing chart for buyers.