In September 2009 I had the chance to attend the annual Doodle Romp in Malibu, California. It was so much fun meeting all the doodles and doodle owners that were there. At the romp there were different vendors of products, a dog bakery and even a photographer- one of the products that really caught my eye was the Water Rover.
The Water Rover features 10mm rubber, along with 8mm, 5mm and 2mm. Yes, that's 10mmnot a misprintand that's double the thickness of the rubber used in any other suit currently on the market. When I was a wetsuit maker in the old, old days, I experimented with 7mm rubber. But it was ponderously heavy and stiff, certainly not acceptable in a commercial setting. But De Soto's new 10mm rubber is incredibly soft Yamamoto #39 rubber, and, as long as the rubber is not used in the shoulder area, no restriction problem is encountered.
Still, this 10mm and 8mm rubber is sparingly used. But it's nastily used. De Soto's clear intent is to place the rubber wherever it will yield the maximum speed advantage, specifically, in the arms, hips and legs (not in the torso).
The engineering of the suit is clever. 10mm joins to 2mm, and blindstitching such a seam is a practical impossibility. Rather than try to do this, De Soto has created a never used in wetsuit construction (to my knowledge) and pulls off the job.
The Water Rover sells for $620 as of this writing, but it isn't for sale yet. It'll start shipping on December 1, 2009.
We have enjoyed this product so much that we now carry it in our Manor Lake Dog Boutique for all of our Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle friends and families. If you are interested in learning more about the Water Rover check it out in our Boutique, . -Mollie
Great for Pet Outings, Perfect for Pet Travel. Pet owners often underestimate how much water their pets need – don’t let them dehydrate! Take Water Rover™ along whenever you and your pet leave home – walks, jogs, picnics, trips to the beach, road trips, vacations, etc. – to ensure your pet always has fresh water available.