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You have a nice cozy bag and now your best friend has a cozy place to rest too.
- Tie-out loops let you secure it to the ground or hang if it gets wet
- High-loft Thermacore insulation retains warmth when the ground is damp and chilly
- Included stuff sack makes it easy for you to pack away, and it fits into any size Ruffwear
- Palisades dog pack (sold separately) if your dog is a Sherpa too
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Doc trying to help
Doc wanted to show you that he likes to lay it on home when his "mom" is trying to get different photos for review - but rather than sitting squarely in the center, he decided to sit with part of his body off the pad just to mess with me.
Standard Nalgene Comparison
Common' what's a gear evaluation without stuff size vs Nalgene? I'm pretty sure "Nalgene" is a standard unit of measurement in reviews...
In Doc's Pack
Fits with ease even though he has the small Palisades.
Sweet but $$
I went back and forth on this bed because of the cost but eventually found it on sale from a return for 32$ in stores so I nabbed it.
I have a 45 pound Border Collie named Doc - he fits perfect on this bed and it fits with ease in his small palisades pack. It's thin and small - which others have pointed out - but I believe that IS the point of this bed - it is something for your dog when you're roughing it - it's helping him/her rough it a little less but still isn't as plush as an at-home bed (just like your pad + bag isn't!).
I wish there were more products like this but Ruffwear is such quality I'd probably still stick with them.
Doc is a bit of a digger at night so having this gives me peace that he'll dig in his bed instead of in my tent floor.
Picture compares his normal bed to the size of the highlands.
Dog loved it
Our dog has a thin coat and just his jacket didn't cut it for him when he was trying to sleep and temperatures dropped to about 40 or under. This helped insulate him from the ground and kept him warm (and even better, kept him out of my sleeping bag.) Knocked it a little because I feel it's overpriced.
Worth Every Penny
I have a 70 lb lab mix and he loves this thing. It packs down small and is really light weight. Because it has synthetic insulation in it, even when he goes and lays down in a creek on hot days, it wrings out really well and dries fast. It's the perfect pad when we're hiking and I even take it with us on day hikes. I was also worried that his nails would rip through the fabric, but so far so good...seems surprisingly durable for the weight.
I've read on other sites and this one that people say its "too small" I have the large and its a little small but thats why I got it. I have a 100 lb lab and he barely fits on a queen size bed! but.... this bed is great for canoe or hiking trips into the back country, its lite, drys quick, and keeps the cold/dampness of your best friend. One thing is true, its not much of a "bed" its more of a pad.
Most overpriced piece I have ever purchased.
Let me start by saying I bought this b/c I was so impressed by the quality of the Palisades pack I had bought for my dog. Previously, I had been using a Z Lite [small] foldable foam pad for my dog to sleep on but I figured a compressible bed might be a bit easier to pack. That being said, the Highlands Bed is next to useless. There is very little fill in it and I find it hard to believe that it would do much to insulate my dog from the cold ground. If you encounter water, the bed does a nice job of sopping it up. Sure, it's light but I basically spent $75 for a polyester towel. I really thought this pad might be something special since my other experience with Ruff Wear was so positive. Oh well, I'm switching back to the Z Lite pad for the pooch's bedding. It is cut down to size and straps on the outside of my pack. It may not be as small as the Highlands but at least it does its job and is a helluva lot cheaper.