For the mutt that doesn't just like to roam, but likes to truly be a part of the team.
Lighten your load and put your high-energy, four-legged friend to work with the Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack. Generous removable saddlebags, included collapsible water bags, and a comfortable, adjustable harness ensure your best friend stays hydrated and fed on extended day hikes or multi-day backpacking trips.
- Durable materials ensure the packs lasts throughmany rubs and scrapes against rock and brush
- Web Master Harness chassis ensures the load stays stable and features a grab handle on top to lift your furry friend up over scree fields and downed trees
- Dual, removable (connected) saddlebag design utilizes heavy-duty, quick-release buckles to secure the load to and remove it from the harness
- Load compression web straps feature a quick-release loop inside of each saddle bag
- Two removable, collapsible one-liter water bags with snap-closure caps offer plenty of hydration on the trails
- Zippered stash pocket on top stows quick-access to treats
- Coated zippers help keep water out of the pockets
- Reflective trim helps make dog more visible to motorists when you return to the trail head parking
- Measure around widest part of rib cage for girth measurement—if your dog is in between sizes, choose the smaller pack for the best fit
- Ruffwear recommends that your dog carries no more than 25% of its total body weight
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Make'em carry their own food.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
And then make them carry the garbage back out.
We've taken the Filthy Animal with this pack on a dozen or so backpacking trips. The pack works great. Be sure to balance the load in both sides so the pack does not ride lopsided.
Lately we have been making him carry out the dirty diapers. So awesome.
English bull terrier and Palisades pack
My bull terrier Victor carrying the Palisades pack
Backpacking the AT with my pooch
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This pack (size small) fit my cattle dog like a glove. The two water bladders really enabled us to make it between freshwater springs with no worries. My dog wore this pack with ease over the rockiest part of the trail in PA. We also use it for day hikes on a weekly basis. The top pockets make it really easy to access items quickly, and I love that I can unhook the backs and let my dog romp and swim in the harness. The measurement guide on this website ran true two size. Malarky and I LOVE this pack.
Another detail picture
Deso pouting because he is wearing his harness but I am making him sit instead of going somewhere fun- he gets excited when it comes out of the closet now.
Deso is 31 inches to the shoulders, 85lbs and the L/XL pack fits him well but having the skinnier poodle chest he is at the lower end for this size.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The main selling feature of this pack for us was the fact that is separates from the harness and reattaches easily and securely. The harness is built very well and sturdy enough to give Deso some help jumping up onto obstacles or even lifting him up (if you are going to make a habit of this consider the doubleback instead)- it seems to distribute the weight well and he doesn't fuss at all. The pack itself is great with a large capacity, drain holes that prevent dust from coming in, multiple compartments and compression when it isn't full. The water bladders are kind of gimmicky but hold water so why not. I haven't put a ton of mileage on the pack so we can't attest to its durability yet but the quality suggests that it will last for quite some time.
Excellent, durable pack for the pooch!
I've been really impressed with this pack, both in terms of ease of use and durability. My dog seems to run up against every stick and branch he can find, and so far this pack still looks brand new (no rips, scratches or tearing). My dog loves wearing it, and unlike other packs out there, using the supplied water bottles does not mean filling up the entire pack space.
Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My pup has used this pack on quite a few hikes in our local mountains, plus two wilderness high country backpack trips, all this last summer.
The pack is a bit involved to put on as one has to fold up one front leg to slip it between the front yoke and second belly strap. It's easiest to fit the harness first, then attach the bags. This removability of the bags is a very nice feature so on rest stops she can relax more, or when negotiating gnarly, rocky terrain I can just snap off the bags and carry them myself so they can't catch on narrow rocky passages, or throw off her balance on super steeps. The harness with handle is very "handy" for assistance over obstacles or for security when there is some serious exposure, and is available even with the bags on the harness.
The construction is super beefy and should hold up well for a long time. Can't notice any abrasion after quite a bit of rock scraping. The beefy build of this pack makes it weigh more than I first liked, but its features are worth the extra weight and the price which is fairly high as these things go. The volume of the bags seems somewhat small. In order to fill the bags with enough to get her to carry up to about 15-20% of her weight I have to select the most dense load items, and even so the bags are almost over full and seem to stick out pretty far. Because the next-to-dog parts of the bags are just one layer of nylon, I felt I needed to put some cut-to-fit cardboard into the inner sides of the bags to protect my dog's ribs from irregular load items that might poke into her and cause sore spots in those areas where the harness does not protect. Some light weight, thin, but semi stiff layer built in here would be a good design modification.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have the older generation (about 3 years) of this. I have been very pleased with my dogs Ruffwear pack. Lexie has successfully packed into the high Uintah's three times with her pack. You definitely want to fit the under-harness well before you start your hike. If the under-harness is not fitted well, it can cause chaffing and raw spots. It is also important to make sure the load in each side of the pack is balanced or one side will sag uncomfortably. It has taken my dog a while to get used to carrying her own weight. However, I think letting Lexie carry her own gear makes her feel more like one of the pack (pun intended).
Roxy in the High Uintas Wilderness
I have used this pack about 3 times since I bought it and it works great. My dog didnt like it at first but after walking around in it she just forgot about it and would walk and run and try and swim with it. If your dog is in between sizes and is done growing I would recommended going for the smaller size because I went for the bigger size since my dog is almost full grown and it fits everywhere but the front chest strap. I did not have any problems with the pack its self just the water bladder that was in it. After the first hike with my dog one of the bladders started leaking but it was probably caused from my dog or weak plastic. Other than the bladder leaking this is a great pack and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take their dog on a day hike or a multi day camping trip.