Ruffwear - Palisades Multi-Day Backcountry Pack for Dogs
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- FULL-FEATURED, BACKCOUNTRY PACK: The Palisades Pack includes hydration bottles and spacious saddlebags ideal for multi-day backcountry adventures with your canine companion. The modified Web Master Harness, with four attachment points, provides load stability and comfortable weight distribution. The reflective trim helps you keep an eye on your dog, even in low-light visibility environments.
- REMOVABLE SADDLEBAGS AND LOAD COMPRESSION: Easily remove the saddlebags from the pack to lighten your dog's load and give him more freedom of movement at rest stops or for water crossings. The pack also features a load compression system to ensure the load is secure while traveling.
- SECURE LEASH ATTACHMENT AND PADDED HANDLE: The Palisades Pack offers a secure leash attachment point via the single-piece, anodized aluminum V-ring, making it easy for you to attach a leash to the pack when you want to keep your dog close. The padded assistance handle makes it easy to help your dog up and over obstacles.
- COLLAPSIBLE HYDRATION BOTTLES: The Palisades Pack includes 2 collapsible, BPA-free hydration bottles, each with a 1 liter capacity, to ensure your dog has the water necessary for wherever your adventures may take you.
- PALISADES PACK SIZING: The Palisades Pack is available in 3 sizes (see images for sizing chart): Small: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm); Medium: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm); Large/X-Large: 32-42 inches (81-107 cm). Choose the right size based on your dog's girth. Girth can be determined by measuring around the widest part of the rib cage. For in between sizes, choose the smallest size.
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The Ruffwear Palisades Pack makes multi-day backcountry adventures possible with features like removable saddlebags, two collapsible water bottles, and a load compression system. This fully-featured dog pack uses a modified Web Master Harness frame with four points of attachment to ensure load stability and comfortable weight distribution. It's recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their dog pack. If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack. The Palisades Pack is available in 3 sizes. Select the correct size based on your dog's girth (measurement around the widest part of the rib cage). Small: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm); Medium: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm); Large/X-Large: 32-42 inches (81-107 cm). Weight & Capacity: Small: 1.75 lb (0.8 kg) / 610 in³ (10 L) capacity; Medium: 1.85 lb (0.84 kg) / 793 in³ (14 L) capacity; Large/X-Large: 2.15 lb (0.98 kg) / 1098 in³ (19 L) capacity. Washing Instructions: Pack: Secure the fasteners; Remove collapsible water bottles; Hand wash with mild detergent; Hang dry. Bottles: Hand wash with dish soap; Rinse thoroughly; Air Dry; Store with cap removed.
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Material: The Ruffwear pack is made of strong, durable fabric, straps and buckle clips. There is reflective material on this pack for added safety features. The look and feel of this pack's material is rugged and durable.
Balance: This backpack stays balanced fairly well. I try to make the load even on both sides but they are not exactly equal in weight. However, the pack doesn't slide down to one side or need constant adjustment as the Kurgo backpack did. YAY!!! It was extremely annoying to have to fix it every few steps and now I don't have to. Yesterday I walked my dog for about 1 hour with contents in both saddle bags. In one bag, I had a water pouch half way filled, keys, and a water bowl. On the other side I had a water pouch half way filled and a headlamp.
Size: The pouches for the Palisades pack are large! I love it. It is plenty big enough for me to put my ski liner jacket (for a 5ft average build woman) inside with room to spare, enough to fit a bottled water, a collapsible silicone cup, and keys. The Kurgo Baxter pack I bought was too small and could only fit a few essential dog items. The Kurgo pack i got was for dogs 30-85lbs. They have a bigger pack for dogs 50-110lbs which looks like it would be of similar size to this Palisades medium pack.
Zippers: The zippers for the Palisades pack is coated for water resistance and the Kurgo Baxter pack is not.
Water bottles: The Ruffwear pack comes with 2 hydration bottles while the Kurgo pack does not. They are handy and helps keep my dog cool while walking as well as hydrated. I'm not sure how durable these bottles are but I'm trying to be really careful with them so they last longer.
Harness: The bags are detachable from the harness and the harness can be used as a standalone harness. The D ring / leash hook is located near the shoulders of the dog, which provides more stability and control. Many of the other brands' backpacks have the leash hook at the rear of the harness which gives you less control and makes it more likely to tear the fabric. The harness also has a built in handle for when you need to lift the dog or hold onto it for safety reasons.
Color: It's red, gray and black, my favorite colors! It matches my leash, training / treat bag, and the water / food bowl.
Price: This pack is really over priced compared to other brands. It's even pricey compared to the Ruffwear Approach pack, which is basically the same other than not having detachable saddle bags. A $70 difference is a significant amount! That's almost like two for the price of one since the Approach bag is about $80 on Amazon and the Palisades pack is about $150. If you don't plan on your dog carrying much, save money and buy the Approach model. This is a dog backpack, which requires less material than a human backpack and why it costs so much is ridiculous. I have a Northface backpack that was $70 when I got it and has lasted me 10 years and it's still going strong. I use my backpack daily and extensively and have taken it on many hiking and international trips. I highly doubt this dog backpack will last that long but I hope it does.
Ease of use: The Ruffwear Palisades backpack is much more difficult to put on the dog compared to the Kurgo Baxter pack. My dog is really patient while I put on the Palisades pack but I know he hates me using it because it's hard to get it on and off. He runs away when he sees me bringing the pack. He never did that with the Baxter pack. With the Palisades pack, you have to loop it through your dog's right leg then through the head which makes it a lot harder to put on. I've tried putting the pack on my dog via the head part first then loop the leg but that was even more difficult and didn't fit. Why couldn't they just do two buckles instead of one so you don't have to loop through the leg (so that the dog's right front side is clipped similar it's left side)? It would make everyone's life so much easier! My dog is still having trouble walking with this pack because he can't judge his width with the pack on. It makes it hard for him to pee and the pee gets on the strap that loops around the stomach. Gross! I've tried adjusting the strap but it keeps falling and gets dirty. I'll have to try using a safety pin or something else to keep it in place.
Design: The Ruffwear Palisades pack does not allow for any adjustment in terms of how low you want the saddle bags to hang on the sides of the dog. The Kurgo Baxter bag allows you to do that. Also, the saddle bags are attached to each other by a mesh layer and straps. The mesh is meant for air flow and heat transfer but anything that's mesh is easy to rip. I hope the straps are strong and durable enough to hold the bags together. These straps are smaller in size compared to the 1" straps used for the rest of the harness. Why not make it the same size throughout the whole backpack for more durability? Also, this is a large pack and having more reflective material would be appreciated.
Clips: Each bag/pouch has a tiny clip, about less than half an inch in width, to hold it down so it doesn't flop when the dog moves. These clips are easy to break and they are tiny so it makes it hard to locate and snap on as many other users have said. I wish the harness/backpack has a front leash attachment.
This is a really nice backpack if you can afford it and I would recommend it. The design needs adjustment but is fairly durable and should last a while, at least I really hope so for the price of the pack. I would go with the Ruffwear Approach backpack if you don't need to detach the saddle bags when resting. I ended up getting this bag instead of the Approach because it is detachable and is red. Thanks for reading my lengthy review! I know it was really long but since this backpack is so pricey, I wanted to give as much info about it as possible. I hope my review is useful.
6/10/16 I've used this backpack for about a month now and have gone on several hiking trips as well as many walks around the block and park with it. We've gotten a lot of compliments about the pack. There are a few things I noticed now that I've used this extensively. 1) The pack tilts to one side even if they are evenly weighted on each side. I think it depends on how the backpack was strapped on. I've changed the strap adjustments but it hasn't helped much. Sometimes the pack slips to the left, sometimes to the right and it doesn't even matter if I readjust. The slip is not too bad to where it's bothering the dog so I gave up on trying to adjust it every few minutes. 2) I am fairly certain that this backpack chafes my dog at the chest strap area where the triangular cushion is. I felt so bad when I saw his red skin after we hiked one weekend. The chafed skin matches the overlapping chest strap junction. I think it's from the plastic adjustment clip. I can't make the adjustment much looser because the backpack will slide / shift even more. 3) The top mesh layer could be easily ripped so be cautious when removing this part. 4) The colors of this backpack set looks really nice. The grey harness makes him look tougher like a military/survivalist dog lol.
My dog (boxer x German shorthair) weighs 60 pounds and his girth is 30", and the medium fits well. My primary reasons for choosing this pack were the daisy chain on top to attach his sleeping pad when we go backpacking, and the water pockets.
Things I like:
- The bags attach with 4 clips on the corners. His last pack had velcro bags, and I struggled to get them on straight and avoided taking them off once I got it just right. The clips take the guesswork out of getting the bags off and on.
- The daisy chains are quite handy. They're a good width for a 20" sleeping pad, and I've been tying used poo-bags to them as well.
- The water bottles and their designated pockets are great. After reading the reviews saying people either didn't receive the bottles, or they were brittle and cheap-feeling, I was expiating to have to replace them. The bottles I received are very flexible, and feel silicone-y. My dog drinks about 2 liters in an average day, so they should last at least half a day hiking or backpacking, which frees up a lot of space for him to carry his food and some of our light but bulky gear (like a mess kit and bug spray).
- The clips are protected to prevent pinching when you close them. I pinched my buddy a couple times with the last pack, and while he didn't seem to care too much, it's nice not to have to worry about that.
- There is a small amount of elastic on the straps opposite the clips (see picture), so there's some "give" when the straps are properly tightened.
- The small pockets on top are perfect for holding small items that you don't to have to dig for, like poo bags or snacks.
- The load compression system is nice. It keeps things from rattling around too badly when the bags aren't totally packed.
- Zippers are closed at the back/open at the front, so the pockets don't get opened by brush as your dog is going past.
Things I wish I could change:
- The little loops that go around the girth strap to keep the bags from flapping (see picture) are kind of a pain. When you put the pack on, you either have to feed the strap through the loop or try to reattach the tiny baby clips around it. Or just let your free bags fly. I'm finding it's easier to reach under the mesh to clip the girth strap anyway, so I feed the strap through the loop.
- While the wraps on the straps are nice for keeping the extra strap from hang in down and getting peed on, they don't really offer any padding.
- The leash clip is great for shorter hikes and walks, but it's kinda useless when you attach something like a sleeping pad to the top of the pack. There is a loop on the very back (see picture) that I'll probably end up using for that, but it doesn't seem as sturdy as the metal ring.
- The mesh hole doesn't quite line up with the handle, so the handle tends to get squashed partly under the mesh. I don't usually end up using the handle much, but if you plan to it's not sticking up for a quick grab.
I use the harness anytime we go out without the pack and the harness alone is amazing. When you buy this pack you're not just buying a pack, it's a harness with a pack. This means you get a lot more use for your money. I use the harness far more often then the pack as the pack is mostly used only on weekends.