The world is still reeling from the winter storms that caused record snowfalls across much of the country.
Here’s how to get a good coat on the road.
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Photo: Supplied But the good news is that winter coats are coming along nicely.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, winter coats account for 7.4 per cent of the total coat and head wear sold in Australia in 2017.
A typical winter coat costs about $300 to $400.
“We have the cheapest winter coats in the world and it’s coming along really well,” Dr Rene Kooi, a leading coat scientist at the University of Queensland, told ABC Radio National.
“So it’s going to be a very good year for winter coats.”
Dr Kooie said the coat market is expected to grow by 3 per cent next year.
“There’s going be more people buying winter coats for their dogs,” he said.
“The market has already gone up a lot since last year.”
There are now over 300,000 dogs in Australia, and the demand for winter jackets is strong.
“People are spending more time outdoors,” Dr Kiei said.
The latest coats are designed to be worn with the coat and helmet on and with gloves on.
The coat and mask are attached to the front of the coat.
It can be worn on the head, chest, and shoulders.
The head and face coverings are also designed to make sure the dog can see in the dark.
The price tag of a typical winter jacket was around $400 for a medium-sized one in the mid-1990s.
However, the market has since risen dramatically in the last 10 years.
In 2015, a typical dog coat cost around $700.
The industry is now worth about $20 billion, Dr Kioi said, and about 10 per cent goes to research and development.
He said there were still a lot of questions about the safety of the products.
“I think a lot has been done to try and understand how much of that is based on consumer testing, how much is based in consumer perceptions,” he told ABC Breakfast.
“That’s the big thing.”
A recent study from the American Academy of Dermatology found that the majority of dogs wearing the standard winter coat had been vaccinated for the coronavirus.
Dogs are also now wearing a range of headgear, from hoodies and coats with a mesh mesh to full face protection.
Dr Kuei said the industry was also looking to add new technologies.
“You’ve got the smartwatch and augmented reality and facial recognition, all these things are coming into the market, so we’ll see what happens,” he added.
“But at the moment I think the market is doing really well.”
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