Overview: This crate has a single door and is foldable, which is convenient for travel. It is made with a satin-black Electro-Coat finish and the tray is plastic and washable. The bolt is a sliding latch and there is a divider panel located for keeping waste elimination on one side and sleeping in the other. There are no tools required for setup. The dimensions are appropriate for dogs between 71 and 90 pounds, with 42 x 28 x 30 inch measurements. The iCrate brand actually makes this cage in sizes for smaller dogs, so this is the largest they have.
Complimenting the robust aluminum build is a door that is made of solid steel bars that have been welded to a high standard. This package of strength is sure to keep your escape artist pooch secure. The doors are connected to the body by a full-length striker plate and piano hinge. For extra security, each door features a flush-mounted slap latch allowing for a solid close.
Overview: This uniquely designed dog kennel looks like a tiny hut and is designed for outdoor use and protecting your dog from the elements. Its dimensions are huge; five feet long by five feet wide by five feet high. The roof on top of the “hut” is a weather-resistant cover made of polyurethane. The Gazebo doesn’t require tools to set it up, and the access window that is secure and safe to lock and latch.
The reason this crate doesn't rank as highly as the Empire is that it's not quite as escape-proof. I think the top door might be a weak point, so you may want to use a zip tie to stop it opening if you don't plan on using it. The most determined and strongest chewers may be able to attack the bars though - so for these dogs look for sheet-walled crates instead.
If you want premium features such as lightweight, collapsible and incredibly strong you do have to spend a fair amount of money for a well built and chew proof crate. This could be seen as a worthwhile investment especially as the life of your dog last many years (hopefully). If you are willing to make a few sacrifices and your dog is not exceptionally strong or aggressive then some cheaper heavy-duty dog crate alternatives will perform the same job.
Cons: Some customers pointed out that the weight of the crate is light, even though the crate itself is sturdy. One discussed his dog, a 100 pound boxer, who repeatedly rammed himself into the sides until it broke. This experience probably isn’t common for most dog owners, so I wouldn’t expect this to happen to you unless your dog is as determined and large as that one (who exceeded the recommended weight by ten pounds, actually).
The Stationary version of the crate goes further, it is an IATA 82 dog crate which you will need if you are traveling with dogs more commonly associated as fighting or dangerous breeds. This means that that Stationary Crate’s industrial tough design meets the special enhanced IATA CR 82 dog cage requirements for for travel with pitbulls, mastiffs and other breeds that are claimed to be powerful, aggressive, fighting or dangerous.
The ventilation, on the other hand, is solved by the addition of a generous number of holes in each side of the crate. Their purpose is to promote extra air flow and allow the owner to use the cage on warm days. The heat can also cause evaporation of toxic materials, but that’s not something you need to worry about with this model – no harmful chemicals were used during its manufacture.
Most Helpful review (read the full Amazon review): “We purchased two of these crates for our 60 lb dogs over 2 months ago. The 42″ size is quite large, in fact, both dogs can sleep comfortably together in one. The crates are like cozy, mini tents and my husband and I joke that we'd like to sleep in them. They are very light to move around, and easy to fold up or down. We've had two problems. One is that…“
Most Helpful review (read the full Amazon review): “I bought 2 of the 42x28x31″ crates for a 60 lb border collie mix, and a 50 lb pitbull/lab mix. They are extremely easy to set up, and roomy enough for both dogs to stretch out. The crates are properly assembled according to the instructions, but both dogs have figured out how to break out without opening the front door, which I'm guessing is why they're so much cheaper…”
As well as being escape-proof, the Impact Case is also fully collapsible. When broken down it measures less than 8 inches in height – Ideal for storage when not in use. It is evident that security is the key design focus as it has an industrial style about it with 3/8 inch round bars that give the cage stability. This crate is also built for pet safety and comfort – The paint is a gray powder that deflects heat, and there are plenty of holes and openings that allow good airflow.
After having this crate for two months I've come to the conclusion that this is AWESOME. I am buying two more... one for each dog. It is easy to store (folds flat), transport (MUCH easier to set up in a SUV or car than one of those metal crates), carry (the handle is nice), and clean (take off the cover; wash, dry, put back on easily and there are no issues with wear and tear from the W/D as of yet).