I have several of these packs for my different sized trail dogs, we swear by them. We use the harness to secure them in the car (or bed of the truck) via a tether and we use the pack to carry their food, first aid kit, and water. The pack really works nice, and the compression straps on each side helps keep the pack tight and as close to the body as possible.
The fact that the pack is removable from the harness, and the harness by itself is worth the price of the upgrade from their other pack, I think this pack is a no-brainer over their other less expensive pack.
I rated it 4 stars only because I think the water bladders are useless - the material they are made out of leaks very easily and will crack if you use them in near freezing temps. I removed all of them from the packs we own and replaced them with the 2L MSR "Dromedary" Bags which fit perfectly.
Ruffwear is a great company, I really like their stuff.
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