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Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack

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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
  • Item #RUF0088

Tech Specs

[S] 10 L, [M] 14 L, [L] 19 L
(Dog's girth) [S ] 22 - 27 in, [M ] 27 - 32 in, [L ] 32 - 42 in
Recommended Use
warm-weather day hikes, multi-day backpack trips
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

  • Reviews
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What do you think about this product?

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Need I say more!

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

The construction is top-notch, the harness is incredibly adjustable, and my dog loves it. We haven't taken it out on a full fledged hike yet, but the test runs have been great so far.

Great Purchase

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this pack for my yellow lab/malamute mix (~95lb dog), and it has served us well. We use it on longer day hikes and various backpacking trips, the longest being 4 days in the Canadian Rockies. It has ample space to carry food and water, and it has been incredibly durable and easy to clean when necessary. I love this pack, and would recommend it to anyone intending on taking multi day backpacking trips with their pup. Purchased in size L/XL, and the fit is great.

My customer's Pup in his new pack!

He got a size Small pack and weighs about 30 lbs.

If you have any questions on sizing, tech specs, or fit please reach out to me directly! As an account manager I'm here to give you personalized assistance and guidance on anything you might need from Backcountry.

My customer's Pup in his new pack!

I don't think my dog loves it YET...

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

I love this and think it's amazing! My pup will take a little more convincing. I think once she is adequately bribed and realizes the pack means more time doing what she loves most, wandering in the woods, she will like it. The Medium works great on her. She is a 50lb fluffy husky, so the straps will take some getting used to in order to make sure it's not too tight or lose. But I think this is a very cleverly designed pack that looks great! It's odd to see a pack on a pup at first but after you get used to it, it looks very well balanced and made so long as you don't overstuff it. I love the included water reservoirs! I also love that the harness can stay on without the pack, so she can have breaks. And if she is ever lazy I can attach her pack to mine!

I am a little sad the waterproof cover isn't included with the bag, but I guess it isn't too much more to buy it separate. I did get it for when we take our long trips because I don't want everything soaked. It fits well inside one of the smaller pockets of the pack.

Worth every penny!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered the Approach and the Palisades dog packs as I wasn't sure which one would be best. I am actually returning the Approach bag, but I have to say it's not because it isn't a great bag.

Reasons why the Approach bag is great:

*Cute color!!!

*It holds a ton of stuff, (about the same volume as the Palisades)

*The same sturdy harness system as the Palisades

*Same great quality and construction as the Palisades

*Same great reflective piping as the Palasades

*Two nice storage sections per bag

*Same great fit and lots of adjustability as the Palasades

Why I chose the Palisades dog bag over the Approach:

1) I'm a gear/tech junky and I super love that you can remove the bags from the harness (The bags don't come off the Approach.)

2) I live in the PNW, where it rains literally 8 months out of the year, so the water proof zippers are a suuuper nice bonus, (though ruffwear does make a nice waterproof cover you can put over the Approach pack.)

3) I love that the Palisades has an extra interior pouch that you can put the water pouches in (The Approach does not come with two water pouches for your pooch like the Palasades does.)

Honestly, I think both the Palisades and the Approach packs are really great bags and you can't go wrong with either of them, I just love the ability to remove the bags from the harness and love the water bottles/water bottle pouches.

I purchased the size medium and small to try on my 50 lb pit/boxer/something mix as he's sort of between sizes being a leggy, skinny boy who isn't muscled like the average pit. The small fit, but didn't leave any room for my two year old to grow as the stomach straps were maxed out. The medium allowed for ample room for him to get fatter, or possibly fill out more, (he's two.) I kept the size medium.

We've been on three walks that had weight in the bags and the bag stayed in place very well, and my dog seems to be pretty excited about putting the pack on each time!!!

Worth every penny!

"Carry Your Own Stuff" -Dog Owner

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack! It is great for my dog in all aspects AND it lightens my pack!! The detachable pack is great for those real close spaces the pooch may need to squeeze through. It comes with a water pouch, has plenty of pockets, and very durable. I have the L/XL on my 95 lbs Bernese Mountain Dog and it fits perfectly. If you have any questions about hiking with the pooch or anything else at all, feel free to reach directly out! or (801)204-4657.


"Carry Your Own Stuff" -Dog Owner

Dog pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Can't say enough good things about this pack and the company. We (my do Bear and I) have used this pack extensively under extreme conditions and it has performed well. Bear accepts the pack well with little training, and it rides well if you keep it balanced. Bear likes the water, so I pack everything is ziplocks, but the pack is very water resistant. I love the fact that with a few easy clips, you can remove the pack from the harness for those trail breaks. My first pack was smaller than I wanted, but it was exchanged promptly with no questions asked. This pack is rugged and roomy.

Great pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is really well done. It is easy to get on, and seems super comfortable (couldn't exactly ask the carrier, so this one is a bit of an assumption). The pocket design is solid, giving ample space without over complicating things. If you are in doubt, size down.

No free rides in life

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is great. It offers tons of room to store your dogs food and treats and also comes with two bladders for carrying water. The bags detach with ease allowing your best friend the opportunity to lighten the load when he wants to run free. The harness is great and is comfortable.

I purchased a medium and large/extra large to find the best fit. My dog measures 90cm on his chest and the L/XL fit him best. The medium did fit but snugly and without any room to grow.

Pack upgrade for the pup

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

Intro: Got this when facing a multiday backpacking trip where I wanted a comfortable and roomy pack to bring all the puppy gear. Plans ended up changing so only used it once on a short hike with the puppy. We are looking forward to using it more.

Fit: I find that all the ruffwear larges fit true to size on my 85lb female chocolate lab. She is fit and athletic with a 34” chest. The harness is adjustable via 3 different attachment points so it seems like it will be good fit.

Performance/Use: Used once on a short hike. This pack fits so much better than her old pack, so I think it will hold up well to multi-day trips.

Pros/Cons: Pros: cinch-able size, built in water bladders for pup to carry her own water supply, multi pockets with lots of room. Love that the saddle bags unclip from the pack so I can take it off at camp but leave the harness on. She doesn’t seem to mind the pack at all, even when weighed down with her food/pack bowls, and other puppy accessories. Cons: Haven’t used enough to experience this yet, so can’t speak to any potential drawbacks.

Best pack period

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is insane and pretty much perfect. Big enough to hold all his gear, but not too bulky. We've been using it for about 3 years now and it consistently performs trip after trip. It's also the only pack I've ever used that doesn't shift and that he actually gets excited to put on. The removable bags are great for stream crossings, a few quick clips instead of removing the whole harness. Definitely worth the price

Best pack period

So far great!

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

We just got this so we have tested it on a full hike yet, but we've let Houston give it a spin around the neighborhood. After a bit of shaking and adjusting he seems to not mind it at all. Can't wait to hit the trail! We got the L, for our 83 lb golden lab mix, fits great. This pic shows the pack with out the saddle bags just as a harness for a walk in the park. No issues with it sliding over his head that others have mentioned.

So far great!

Luna The Amazing German Shepherd

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

This is really awesome just pricey is all. I wish they came in more colors then just red I would prefer a black or green but I suppose it is so people can see them and hunters not to shoot them. Most of my gear is camo though. The video below is me installing it on her the first time it came in so it may help you in putting it on your dog. I have had her out in it 4 or 5 times and it works really really well.

Chopper & Luna HikeMI

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Size small (older pack version) on a 45lb staffy, size medium on a 55lb american pitbull mix. Packs fit great and the pockets can cinch down to collapse space inside. The harness is excellent too, allows you to drop packs easily without taking the entire thing off.

Chopper & Luna HikeMI

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)

Day trippin'

I could be wrong but I believe that Dogs are not allowed in the National Park on the trails but that there are a number of nearby spots that are good for dogs. When we got started we stumbled into a book series called "Best Hikes with Dogs: (location". They make one for Colorado and that might be a good resource for you.

We've had a very positive (or pawsitive if you want to get punny) buying dog hiking gear through so I'd definitely recommend getting gear for your pup through them -they're really good about returns and have a good stock/selection. This pack/harness combo was probably the best buy we made because it is so versatile working both as a harness and as a pack for when we're going on longer trips/overnights. The roamer and slackline leashes are also must haves!

The only thing we can't find here is Musher's Secret which we put on his paws instead of using boots (more natural for him but still provides ample protection for his pads in rough terrain).

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.

I was wondering if you found any solutions to the chafing? I am having the same problem with both of my dogs and their new Palisades packs. I was considering creating a tension line for the chest strap, pulling it backward so it doesn't ride up into the arm pit.

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.

Unanswered Question

Has anyone had an issue with this pack slipping over their dog's head? We have a different pack, and it is constantly slipping over her head and shifting down around her neck when she puts her heard down to sniff. Would that be possible in this pack?

Could a smaller pack fit a harness one...

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

Best Answer

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.