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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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Day trippin'

Day trippin'

Doc loves day trips as much as backpacking (because then he gets to lay in a real bed; a nice comfort!). When he was younger we got plenty of use out of the saddles and made him carry stuff... but now at 13 he's still getting use out of it in harness only mode. Handle helps us give him a lift if he needs it so he's still knocking off 4k's in NH and keeping in shape for all the ladies.

I never have regretted buying this pack - worth every penny!

(here he is on his 13th birthday tackling his 17th peak in the past 2 years)

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love the pic! hoping to do some packing with my girl. Wondering where dog friendly hiking places in the rockies someone would recommend?

2 5

I expected a better product

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

Chessie wore her pack for her first backpacking trip five miles into the Uintas, and there are lots of things I like about it. The material seems very durable; there is lots of storage space, but is still lightweight; it never got caught on anything while she ran on the trail; it looks super cool! The bigggg problem, however, is that the harness chafed her armpits until they were raw, red, and goopy with pus. I think I'll be able to attach some sheepskin to make it better, but it was a huge disappointment to buy an expensive product that gave my dog such an injury.

5 5

Put the pups to work

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

IF you're going to bring the pooch, put'em to work. The quick and easy fitting dog pack fits most dog breeds comfortably and easy. Certain breeds love to work so why not slap this pack on their backs and make them earn their keep. Perfect for them to carry their own food and water and whatever else you feel the need to throw in there. Removeable bags is also an extra bonus if you are already setup at camp and want to go on a little adventure and don't need the excess gear. Would recommend this for any size dog just try and use the fit guide for the appropriate sizing. The girth is very accurate if you have the chance to measure.

Stripped down

Stripped down

Yuki wearing just the vest - bags removed. She prefers it this way. With the bags she has gotten stuck and overall just moves slower. So I mainly keep her like this and she is much happier.

Pic: Here she is in the trunk getting some snug love from Jaya, Guru Adam Saucedo's dog.

5 5

Best Dog Pack ever?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have a older version of this pack from when Barklee was about 2. He's 10 now. He's about 100lbs give or take 3. His chest is 33in and he's 25in tall at the shoulders. The large fits him very well. He'd gone through several other dog packs from other companies. They just couldn't hold up to the beating of a big ass lab. the seams ripped, the straps tore away at the seam. This pack is not only rugged but also packs tons of features: he's able to carry a lot of water in the hydration reservoirs...for me to drink and cook with. He drinks from the river or stream. The separate pack and harness are great! You can unburden your dog very quickly and allow him to go run and swim like he wants to. You can then take his pack and (with a rope) hoist it up over a limb or strong branch to use as a running water source or shower. I also have him carry all of the food we take and separate the pack from our campsite up high in a tree as kind of a bear bag. This way I never carry food in any of the human packs so they never attract wild life. We also stuff it with a Ruff Wear sleeping pad and a collapsible bowl for food.

The red looks great, I just wish it came in a bright orange for safety reasons. I guess that's how Ruffwear got met to purchase the orange Track Jacket. There are a lot of really dumb hunters out there who will shoot at anything that moves.

My version is 8 or so years old now and unless they've let it go way downhill, it's amazing. From what I can see it's gotten better with sealed zippers.

It's not cheap but it's cheaper than buying new packs over and over from companies that make stuff for humans, but have a dog pack as an afterthought.

Git It!!

Best Dog Pack ever?
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Hey Todd! Welcome to the Backcountry Community and thanks for the stellar review. What a cute pup!

5 5

Great fit.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My rottweiler is only 80lbs and the large/xlarge fits great and gives him plenty of room to grow into it. Theres no chafing and it doesn't seem to bother him at all! Wish it came in a few more color options but overall love this pack.

Great fit.
4 5

Works well, but slips a little bit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My lab is unusually tall and long with a normal, healthy, althletic lab "lady-waist" shape at 110#. So the Medium is waaaay too small, and the Large / Extra-Large is too long. Even when I cinch it all the way up over his shoulders, it is very difficult to get the pack snug enough to stay put without it looking like it might hurt. We'll keep experimenting though. I love that I can remove the backpack and leave the harness on - very handy for securing him on a long line if I need to.

5 5

Nala's Rocking her new pack!

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

Thanks to a video on BC's website comparing the Ruffwear Palisades & Approach packs we purchased the Palisades & are more than happy! We are starting slow introducing the pack but she never batted an eye walking with the base layer of the pack. We did review the sizing on Ruffwear's website vs BC's (sizing chart differs slightly) and went with Ruffwears. Glad we did; she was borderline small & medium and we opted for the medium. Fits her well. Think Nala will enjoy hiking with us this summer & many years to come!

5 5

Mocha LOVES her pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

so my dog mocha loves her pack, she will come and ask to have it put on. it fits great and I love that the back part comes off but leaves the vest part on. this is great for long back packing trips. this pack holds up better then she does :) ... its well worth the money... her smile in the photo shows just how much she loves it.

Mocha LOVES her pack
4 5

Great Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My dog can now carry all of her own food, leash, bowls, and toys during backpacking trips so I'm stoked. The separate harness is a huge perk, I've used it on some technical day hikes to assist her with some light scrambling.

Hunting for summer swimming holes

Hunting for summer swimming holes

The separate harness is a great feature! I typically leave it on once we reach camp, as the handle is convenient for lifting over big logs/boulders or out of the water when needed.

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Awesome picture AJ !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!!

Dog at full sprint

Dog at full sprint

This pack does not seem to impede my dog's mobility (or speed).
It might look like this shot was taken on the moon, but this was on a hike in the Uinta Range in early June.

Profile with Palisades Dog Pack

Profile with Palisades Dog Pack

This is a profile shot to show how the pack fits on my dog's body.
She is about 50lbs and very barrel chested and muscular - she wears a size Small.

4 5

Our dog is a burro

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our dog, Memphis, wears this backpack on just about every hike we go on - we refer to her as our burrito when wearing it since she looks like a little pack mule. We purchased this pack partially so she could carry her own water, but, also to slow her down a little since she is a speedy devil.
We love this backpack because the harness fits well and can be worn with or without the pack attached. The pack is big enough to fit the two included water bottles as well as food (if it's an overnight trip) and her poop (on the opposite side from her food).
We also like that the harness has a nice big handle on top which my husband has used on numerous occasions to carry the dog like a suitcase to get her down sketchy rocky sections.
The only thing we haven't loved about this bag is that the plastic used to make the water bottles can crack if you aren't careful with them (we have had this backpack about 2 years so this may no longer be an issue if they changed the composition of the bottles)

Our dog is a burro
5 5

Worth the extra cost

  • Gender: Female

This may be the most expensive dog pack out there, but I didn't want to take any chances on having it fall apart, or having it rub or wear wrong on my dog! I spent more on my dog's pack than my own!
She loves it, and had no issues wearing it with a week's worth of food. You do have to be pretty careful to make sure the load is even, and I still had to adjust it every once in a while, but it works like a champ! The added water bladders were great, too! I loved that I could unclip the pack itself and doubled as a bear bag to hang the dog food!

This has held up to rough wear and tear very well. I totally trust this brand for all future outdoor dog purchases.

Worth the extra cost
Harness very helpful too!

Harness very helpful too!

I love that the pack comes off when you reach camp and you can use the harness separate on treks out and about! Really helps to have the harness to help give him a lift when necessary or grab hold of him on a trail.

Doc proud to carry his bed + gear

Doc proud to carry his bed + gear

I swear he has a sense of purpose and contribution when he carries his own stuff - plus he knows it means we're going somewhere fun!

5 5

Goldendoodle Backpacks In Real Comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We bought the medium for our 70 pound best friend, Buddy. Fitting is really simple & straightforward. We started in our local park, just to practice. We divided a pound or two of kibble into two ziplocs so he had even weight on the two sides. It actually didn't seem like the pack felt as good to him when it was empty! Getting used to the base harness was nothing, piece of cake, but when we first clipped on the packs he would walk ten steps then stop. This didn't last long, though. With encouragement Buddy soon became accustomed and now he's RUNNING down the trail in it! I'm convinced he understands?he sees us hump our packs, and he knows he has to hump his own, clever fellow. The included droms are great, but we'll need more water on the trail for sure. Really well made gear and seems they have a careful eye for the comfort of your dog. We really love Ruffwear. Their martindale collar is fantastic (I think they call it Chain Reaction?) , and we have their Summitrex (sp?) dog boots for the Budster too which were SO great for him in the icy winter (BOY did he ever get attention at Breckinridge!) but now we're planning to bring them on the backpacking trail, too, just in case the terrain gets too rocky. We use them with socks BTW which makes them easy to put on.

5 5

LOVE THIS!

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

It took me a while to finally get my dog a pack and this is so worth it. Now he can pack his own water and food. This pack comes with 2 pouches of water for your dog which is great. My dog is a 45lb aussie and the medium fits him great. It is best if you don't tie the pack on too tight so he still has room to shake and move.

LOVE THIS!

Could a smaller pack fit a harness one...

Could a smaller pack fit a harness one size larger???

Best Answer Responded on

Probably but that gets expensive fast. The pack has very good compression straps so I don't think you'd run into much of an issue if you have it packed lighter with stuff. We actually rarely use the pack full (we have the small though for our 40 lb border collie). I do wish ruffwear made a singletrack style tube that would attach to the pack or something much smaller so we could put tiny bits on our dog but benefit from the harness.