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    Palisades Dog Pack

    You're pretty adamant about lightweight backpacking, so if your dog thinks you've got extra space to pack kibbles for the trip... They better think again. Keep your base weight light 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 without taking up valuable space in your pack.

    • Make your slacker dog carry their own dang supplies
    • Ideal for multi-day backpacking trips with your pooch
    • Five-point adjustment system for custom fit
    • Web Master harness frame for comfort and range of motion
    • Excellent load stability and weight distribution
    • Padded handle for helping pooches over technical terrain
    • Removable saddlebags with a few days' worth of dog food
    • Two 1-liter collapsible BPA-free hydration bladders
    • When introducing your dog to packs, start with a light load
    • Pack weight can be gradually increased up to 25% of dog's weight
    • Item #RUF002E

    Tech Specs

    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Claimed Weight
    [S] 1lb 12oz, [M] 1lb 13.6oz, [L/XL] 2lb 2.4oz

    Tech Specs

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    Solid, Pup Loves Hauling my Gear

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Purchased for my St. Bernewfie puppy, and she's all about it. She knows it's party time on the trails when she has it on. Highly recommend! Purchased the largest available, fits nicely on 75lb of pure love and adorableness.

    German Shepherd Hero

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

    Ace (Black German Shepherd) loves his pack, doesn't even know it's there. He's a pleaser so anything he can do to help makes him happy. The straps are long enough for easy adjustment and also easy to tuck in out of the way to the harness. I like all the pockets for even weight distribution.

    My dog loves it.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I don't use this as much as my dog, but he really enjoys carrying his own stuff now! It comes with two water bottles which are pretty great. There is plenty of space in the pack for his hiking bowl as well the the water bottles and his poop (yes I make him carry it!). I love the fact that I can also use it just as a harness if we aren't doing anything too intense.

    Great Dog Pack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was actually my first purchase from and probably one of the most used purchase! The Ruffwear Palisades Pack is perfect for hiking and camping with your favorite pooch. You can really tell that Ruffwear put time into creating a great product that is high quality and great fit. I purchased a size medium for my 65lb collie/shepherd mix and it fits her perfectly! There is enough room that she can carry her own food, water, treats and dog bowls for a 4 day hike into the backcountry. One of the best things is that the pack can be removed and only the harness can be used. I use only the harness for day hikes and daily walks, and add the pack for when we go camping. Lucy has even swam with the pack and it holds up to all her wear and tear while running through the woods chasing squirrels and rabbits! I would highly recommend it for any dog owner! The only problem I have with the Palisades Pack is that I have to make surety pack is evenly packed so it doesn't lean to one side. That is the only downside. Instagram: lucy_im_a_dog

    Great Dog Pack!

    Impressive sturdiness

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm very impressed with the sturdiness of this pack, it has withstood the antics of a 100 lb German Shepherd being dragged back in the house after a walk and multiple charges through light woods chasing after bunnies and squirrels without any damage. Absolutely worth the price, I've had multiple cheaper packs just fall apart within a few hours on the trail. The handle on top is great for helping dogs into cars or guiding them off path. The buttons that fasten the saddlebags to the harness are a bit tough to work, particularly on a squirming dog, but they're also very secure so that's fine with me. Seems to be comfortable, the medium snugly fits my GSD when fully let out and also fits my 45 lb Irish Setter when cinched in most of the way. My setter did get rubbed under her right foreleg but she has incredibly sensitive skin and it may have been too loose. I'd definitely buy again!

    Plenty big

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I upgraded my dog-pack from a cheap Savers find to this pack and couldn't be happier. The extra harness underneath is an added bonus and paired with the rain cover, you and your pooch are good to scoot! Regardless of the weather!

    Working Dogs

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My pups are happiest when they wear their packs since they are working. I have a mountainsmith for one of mine and this for my other guy since it fits better. Overall, they are both pleased and the palisade a solid, roomy, and most importantly adjustable/comfy pack for the puppers. Easy enough to dial in the fit as well. Now when this comes out, the doggos get really stoked since they know it means adventure time!

    Good Investment

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have two medium size dogs that I bought this for and let me tell you, I do not regret my purchase. Yes the price is high for a dog backpack, I totally agree, just wait till it goes on sale and grab it. Make sure to use the sizing guidelines. The product is well made, the material is tough, not wimpy. I have a good feeling it will last a long time. Used the backpacks on both dogs and they enjoyed the extra challenge and I LOVE that they can carry their own stuff. I use the harness by itself most of the time, that was a big reason I purchased this item and not just the harness; so that I can have a two in one but if I wanted the backpack for a trip it was easy to attach and go.

    Perfect for hiking!

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

    Going on longer hikes we would carry water for us and the dogs. This pack allows our dogs to have their own water, snack and medical supplies on hikes. And the best part is that they carry it themselves!

    Pretty Good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great dog pack. Love the fact the pack disconnects from the harness so the harness can be used by itself. Would have given this 5 stars but i prefer the last gen model where the pack connected by clipping together instead of the current one that is basically metal buttons that slide through a hole like buttons on a dress shirt. Still works great and havent had any issues, the last gen just felt more secure.

    George the Dog Loves it

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

    My friend's dog George is like family. He's going on a big hike soon and and I wanted to make sure he was ready to carry his own weight. The palisades pack has worked perfect so far. It fits and moves well on him. Would buy it again.

    George the Dog Loves it

    I need an XL my dog is 36 inches around . Can I order this one in a larger size? And will an XlL work

    The size chart shows that the largest size for this item is L/XL and will accommodate dogs with a girth between 32-42 inches. Since your Dog falls within that range, the L/XL would work. Unfortunately there are none in stock right now, however, there should be some available in mid November!

    Unanswered Question

    We've used the approach pack for several years (and 3 dogs). i want to upgrade to this pack. What I would like to know is what features have changed between the 2017 model of the pack and the previous model. I like the look of the previous model better, but I'd like to know if the new model has better features, etc.