You've got enough to carry already.
- Two zippered pockets with rain flaps carry grub and water for the day or weekend
- Single haul handle on the top of the pack enables you to quickly grab your dog when you spot a mountain biker barreling down the trail towards you
- Elastic bungee attachment point lets you strap extra gear on to the top
- Side compression straps keep the pack from slipping around as he bounds after a rabbit
- A generous application of 3M reflective trim keeps your pup safe in the parking lot at twilight
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We often have to lift our dog (about 50lb)...
We often have to lift our dog (about 50lb) over really large boulders. If we were to buy this pack and then use the handle to help lift her, would this pack be strong enough? or would it tear the stitching/fabric?
I wouldn't recommend using the handle on the top of the pack as it is designed more as a large grab loop to hold your dog in place, not for lifting. The stitching and fabric is durable but the buckles are still only plastic, so likely picking your dog up by the handle would be very uncomfortable for the pup as well as putting significant stress on the plastic buckles. You could likely get away with lifting by the handle a few times, but I wouldn't recommend it's repeated use. Something like the Ruffwear Doubleback Harness is a much better tool for the job of lifting a dog by the handle: http://www.backcountry.com/ruffwear-doubleback-harness?ti=UExQIENhdDo6Mjo3OmJjc0NhdDcxMTAwMDI1OQ
I am the Mountainsmith Rep. The buckles are extremely durable and can handle the lifting you describe. The handle is constructed of nylon similar to that used in climbing harness and is bar-tacked multiple times again similar to climbing harnesses. The handle can manage this load easily and you should have every confidence in it.
Keeps us hauling
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is a great accessory pack for your dog. It is light, easily harnesses, and stays in place. A great way to have your dog carry his own weight in backcountry endeavors or just a quick jaunt down the trail. I think this product is great for my pup in the cooler months of the year. SUmmer forget about it, dogs have long coats and could potentially overheat. They already have a fur coat, why give them another one. This bag is well designed and allows a dog to carry just enough weight not too much. Again I would recommend for cooler months. I usually put mine on my dog when we are backcountry skiing and I am bringing extras for him, but other than that would not see much use for it.
Nerf in Mountainsmith pack
Nerf with Mountainsmith pack
Perfect dog pack!
The harness system is fully adjustable with 3 padded straps, it creates a secure fit to your doggie. My dog looks comfortable in the pack and it's never phased him. It's nice for him to carry his own food for our backpacking trips, I will usually put our trash in the pockets for the hike out when he has eaten all his food. Keeping the weight equal on each side pocket is key. They say dogs can carry up to 40% of there weight. Nerf dogs weights 100 pounds and he carried maybe 10 pounds for 30miles, didn't phase him!
Love this Doggie Pack!
Our 60 lb. female lab wears this pack in a medium. Easily adjustable to accomodate different sized dogs.
Mountainsmith Dog Pack
Medium pack for our 63lb lab.
Perfect Doggie Pack
Mountainsmith Dog Packs
We've taken our 30+ year history of making dog packs and updated them for Fido's next season in the backcountry. A fully adjustable 3 section padded harness system insures a comfortable and stable fit as your best friend runs over hill and hollow. A newly tapered torso shape reduces ground drag and increases balance to follow the natural way your dog moves along the trail. Rounding out the package is a safety minded application of 3M reflective tape; great for those late night treks back to the car after a day of chasing rabbits. Available in 3 sizes - S / M / L.
Medium on the AT
I have a Belgian Malinois that carried his own food and water for 100 miles on the Appalachian Trail. I also suggest letting the dog carry the trash as a long hike progresses since he's losing pack weight as he eats his food. *Make sure you practice with your dog and the pack with weight first so his pads are use to it and so is his back.
This backpack is just the right size for my 69 pound Black Lab who is my guidedog; I am legally blind. The pack goes onto "Gerty" first, then my Guiding Harness Assembly; the pack doesn't interfer with Gerty's guiding ability. I can carry seven two cup (in individual ziplock bags) of dry dog food, enough treats for seven days, and also a liter of water, not enough for the full week of camping, but less weight that I have to carry. I am very happy with this backpack for my dog, and would recommend it highly to others who enjoy hiking and camping with their dogs.
LOVE THIS BACKPACK!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this pack. Our lab's been wearing it since he was 7 months old (now 4 1/2) - it's still in great condition & I foresee using it for many years to come.
It's great for keeping water for him as well as extra treats. We also keep a Pet First Aid Kit in there with him, which I highly recommend.
The hardest part is figuring out a weight balance in the pockets, so it sits as evenly on both sides of the body as possible.
Btw, Sam's 80lbs and the Medium fits perfectly!
Holds enough, seems to fit well
My dog tolerates this pack quite nicely. I don't think it's as nice, or well-designed as the ruffwear models, but it certainly does the job it's intended to.
Less weight = more fun
I got this at a scratch and dent sale for a great price, too cheap to not check it out. I put it on my Rhodesian and it must have felt all right on him because he did not even once try pulling on it. I do ski jour with him and he is use to wearing a harness, but he is still a curious puppy. This dog pack is pretty cool. it seats really nicely on the back and when moving with it, it stays in place which is what we want it to do right. The pack has a lot more capacity than I think I will ever need, but it is nice to have options. For the price I think this pack is definitely worth it. It is nice not to have to carry extra dog food, dishes and extra treats I would normally be carrying. What I really like about this pack is the pack is adjustable and you can compress it where you want so you can keep loads tight on his/her back to provide a smooth ride for them. I have not really found a negative in this product yet.
My dog shucked his Mountain Pack
This pack is great. My dog is an Aussie Blue heeler mix and he loves hiking and camping.
The pack I bought was a large, which was too large for him. But he did well with it, took a month to teach him not to drop his head and shuck the pack. the support system could have a way to stop the pack shuck.
Any way the last time we went on a long hike he was carrying his food and half our water
when he went off trail after a squeral <(spell check) and returned without his pack and no rodent either. So I'm gonna buy another smaller pack this time.
Rich Hill and Archer
the dog doesnt seem to notice that its there, even over long hauls. he weighs 75lbs and wears the medium with no problems. three adjustable "undercarriage" straps and 2 compression straps on each side make for easy fit as well as making load symmetry an easy task.
it has nylon cord webbing on the top for storage. the dog sleeps on both a small closed cell foam pad and a small eggcrate-type foam pad in the winter that i store on his back. tried to pack a small fleece blanket in his bed roll too, but no go. there are a couple loops on top for attaching the leash, but they are plastic. they havent broken yet, but i dont have too much faith in them. i always keep the collar on anyway, so its pretty much a non issue. there is also a lift handle on the top over the dog's back. it works, but i havent used it to pick up my dog, so i cannot attest to its load strength.
it has reflective straps on the side in case "Fido" runs off he is easier to find.
pretty tough too. my dog has caught it on thorns, trees, stumps and shrubbery of all types with no noticeable wear. no snags or tears that i can see. i think it is pretty reasonably priced considering how tough it is. highly recommended.
Mountainsmith Dog Pack
this is the medium packed and compressed. he weighs 75lbs.