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Mountainsmith Dog Pack

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You've got enough to carry already.

There’s no free ride for Fido when he hits the trail; he's carrying his own grub and gear in the Mountainsmith Dog Pack. This pannier-style pack is secured a fully adjustable three-point-padded, fleece-lined harness with a removable chest pad that ensures a comfortable and stable fit; the pack's tapered torso profile reduces drag and improves your dog’s balance as he trots down the trail. Attach his leash to the D-ring on the top of the harness as you waltz by the Animal Control officer lurking by the trailhead, and store it in the internal pocket once you’re out of her sight.
  • 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
  • Item #MOU0187

Tech Specs

Material
600D Ripstop polyester, 900D polyester ballistic, fleece
Volume
(small) 610 cu in, (medium) 1220 cu in, (large) 1830 cu in
Dimensions
(small) 9 x 14 x 8.5 in, (medium) 11 x 15 x 10.5 in, (large) 13 x 20 x 12.5 in
Claimed Weight
(small) 15.5 oz, (medium) 1 lb 3.5 oz, (large) 1 lb 8 oz
Recommended Use
hiking, backpacking, camping
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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Me and my dog love it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a high energy dog. He will hike for days and still be ready to go. So he now carries his own gear (and some of mine!!). Overall, the pack is great. It is well made with good features. The carry handle is awesome for grabbing him quickly if a moose or large group of people comes by. I have not used the leash clip as I just clip to his collar but that is a nice option to have. I also really like the reflective striping.

My dog loves rolling... in everything. He does not care if he has a pack on or not. That said, the pack has held up great to his rolling on rocks and shifts on him surprisingly little.

My only complaint is on the sizing. My dog is a little over 40 pounds; a smaller "medium" size mutt. I had to cut the padding off the bottom straps in order to cinch it down tight enough on him. I would expect a small to fit him fine, if not be borderline too small.

Overall, well made product. I think it is safe to assume that my dog loves it since he gets excited every time he sees me start packing it.

Me and my dog love it!

Not Recommended

    Unfortunately I used this pack for one weekend of hiking and it completely blew apart. Everything from the straps to using the handle to lift from the top. I have a very well behaved 70 pound Black Lab and it just didn't hold up. Of course ... Backcountry has a great return policy and allowed me to do this. I will be ordering a different type to see if it works better.

    Thomas,
    I am the Mountainsmith rep for BC.com and first I am so sorry you had such an aweful experience with our product, it certainly is not up to our standard. We have been producing this product for over a decade with a loyal following. Let me say I am really happy BC.com met your needs. Secondly, Mountainsmith has a lifetime warranty as well and would be happy to help out if you would like. Again, we are all very sorry you had this experience, I hope you will give us an opportunity to prove we produce high performing, long lasting gear for the mountains.

    He loved it from first hike!

    My dog loved it from the first hike! Now he can carry his water and food!

    He loved it from first hike!

    Desolation Wilderness

    Desolation Wilderness

    good pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have both the med black pack and red small pack for my45 lbs Siberian husky service dog they both fit him. neck 14" chest girth 28".. used it on elk hunt in case I need a tracking dog...when he gets it on he knows he got his job...the black pack has a loop on the back I can put a snap lead and he pulls a small cart..

    Like it, but...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It slips to the sides, and my dog backs out of it really easily. I have to also use her harness which seems uncomfortable and is bulky. I wouldn't buy it again, but I have it and continue to use it... So it isn't terrible, but I wouldn't recommend it. Katie seems to be okay with it... :)

    Like it, but...

    Cute Pack.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is a great little pack. I have a German Short hair pointer and she is about 40lbs and i got her a small. The Pack is even a little big for her. Quite a bit of room under the length of the pack and her back. It tightens down pretty snug around her chest and belly though. I can fit a nalgene bottle in each side and still has room for more. Excited to take it backpacking with us. Will be nice for her to carry her own food. Plus she looks adorable.

    Styling Pack (If your pup will tolerate)

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    this pack will be great once my pup learns to love it as much as i do. right now he's a houdini and escapes each time i strap him in. he was 5mos old when i got it so i'll give him a few more months and try again...

    Styling Pack (If your pup will tolerate)

    SIZING INFO

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Just wanted to share some sizing details from Mountainsmith's site:



    For the SMALL:

    Dog Girth: 20" - 30"

    Dog Length(Nape of neck to base of tail): 15"

    Dog Weight: 20-40 lbs



    For the MEDIUM:

    Dog Girth: 24" - 36"

    Dog Length(Nape of neck to base of tail): 19"

    Dog Weight: 40-90 lbs



    For the LARGE:

    Dog Girth: 32" - 44"

    Dog Length(Nape of neck to base of tail): 22"

    Dog Weight: 80-120 lbs

    Perfect for the Backpacking Pup

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This has been a great pack for my pup and I on long trips. Uinta doesn't ever mind to put it on, has never developed any hotspots using it and seems to have the same amount of energy with it carrying 7 lbs as she does with nothing on at all. It great to have her carry her own food and bedding as well as my trail snacks (which are much easier to get off of her than they are to get out of my pack while on the trail). A must have for anyone backpacking with an energetic and healthy pup.

    Perfect for the Backpacking Pup

    Tuckerman pulls his weight with ease

    Heading up the skin track on a fresh POW day at Berthoud Pass, Tuckerman is ready with his Mountainsmith Dog pack. He's got his water and snow boots in there and soon my skins...What a great ski partner!

    Tuckerman pulls his weight with ease

    The Pup Seems to Like It

      Kody seem to really love this pack. This is the first time he's used a hiking backpack. The medium size is a little big for him (he's 45-50lbs), but he carried two water bottles, his treats, and water bowl without issue. The only thing that I noticed on him after our hike was an irritated area on his front, inner leg where the buckle is located...other than that I think he enjoyed carrying his own weight in water :D

      The Pup Seems to Like It

      Excited for the possibilities!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This pack seems great. Two fairly large pouches, a large handle if the dog needs a lift, and the adjustable straps are padded so that should be nice for the dog. There are two straps that goes across the belly of the dog, one that goes across the chest and one that connects that chest strap to the first belly strap so the pack isn't going anywhere. The one downside I have found so far is that the padding on the straps on the belly make it a little difficult to adjust them. I haven't had much of a chance to put it to use but I will update when I do.



      I bought this in size medium for my 45 lb dog, and it fits pretty well, slightly loose but he should grow into it very easily.

      Excited for the possibilities!

      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.

      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!

        Is there a d-ring on the chest? Or a way to attach a leash there? My pup responds best (read - easier to control) if I attach the leash across his breastbone.

        Does anyone know if the company will do exchanges if the backpack doesn't fit my dog?

        Hey fre105741441,



        If you are asking if we accept exchanges, we do! If this dog pack does not fit your dog, you can send it back (within 30 days) to exchange for a different size. If you have any further questions in regards to returns/exchanges, feel free to give us a call or chat in!

        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

        Best Answer

        Hi,

        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.