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Sawtooth
06-20-2007, 08:54 AM
I'm in the market for a good dog pack. The two I've looked at on the Internet are this one from Mountainsmith...

http://www.mountainsmith.com/products.as...ubCategory2Id=0 (http://www.mountainsmith.com/products.asp?productId=111&categoryId=16&subCategoryId=0&subCategory2Id=0)

...and this one from Wolf Packs...

http://www.wolfpacks.com/banzai.htm

Any info anyone has about dog packs you're using and suggestions on the best one out there are MUCH appreciated. Thanks in advance!

damon
06-20-2007, 09:56 AM
I just went through researching dog packs and settled on the palisades II by ruffwear. Lots of great features, the most important being dual water bladders that can be used not only to carry water but more importantly make balancing the dog’s load a breeze (can’t express how nice this is). Also, the bags are independent form the harness so you can take them off for water crossing or whatever. On top of the harness there is leash connector and a drag connection as well as a very sturdy handle which came in VERY handy when we were walking across a log jam and our 80lb pup slipped between two logs when he was wearing the pack. Also the harness has strategic cutouts for better ventilation so that it is not like our buddy is wearing a nylon jacket while hiking with us. Anyway, I would strongly recommend you taking a look at this pack as it has performed wonderfully for us so far (although we have only had it for about 2 months). Only “complaint” so far is that they seem to run pretty big. Our dog was supposed to be on “high end” of a large and ended up needing a Medium totally cinched down.
Here is a link:
http://www.rei.com/product/721144

My wife and our American Bulldog puppy, Nugent, on his first backpacking trip.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y258/damonstage/DSC02238.jpg

and 'cus it's kifaru, here's one in the paratipi
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y258/damonstage/DSC02237.jpg

a bit closer of the pack
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y258/damonstage/DSC02201.jpg

Sawtooth
06-20-2007, 02:28 PM
damon,

Thanks! Good input. My dog weighs around 60 pounds, so a medium sounds just right. I'll investigate.

Sawtooth
06-20-2007, 02:37 PM
damon,

Did you have any trouble with chafing behind his front legs?

Ed T
06-20-2007, 02:42 PM
Sawtoth,

We have used them all, Mt Smith, Granite Gear, both Ruff Wear models, etc. Favorites are the Mt Smith, but plan on getting a Wolf for the new pup when he is ready. They look better than the rest.

Ed T

Woods Walker
06-20-2007, 04:01 PM
A friend uses the wolf packs. They looked good to me and the hounds didn't seem to mind.

damon
06-20-2007, 06:23 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sawtooth</div><div class="ubbcode-body">damon,

Did you have any trouble with chafing behind his front legs? </div></div>

Nope. We started having him wear just the harness for a few weeks when on walks before going any distance w/ pack. But after this weekend he did @ 12 miles in less than 24hrs in the thing and didn't seem to mind/get any chafing that I could find. Good luck!

evanhill
06-21-2007, 09:50 AM
I gave up on using dog packs because I couldn't keep the damned things balanced.

Shawn
06-21-2007, 02:46 PM
I'll second the palisade II pack.

I am a big fan of the design features of this pack, especially the clip on ability of the harness. Makes taking the pack on and off a breeze. It also has an excellent suspension system that prevents the dog from throwing the pack when going down
steep inclines.

Additionally, mine is rigged up to take 2 kifaru side pockets so that my dog can carry gear in stealth mode while in archery season. This is a real bonus as he can carry all my cording, game bags, rain gear and snacks. I will basically then use the LHG top pocket to carry water for the all day archery jaunts.

I haven't had a change to check out the wolf packs, but i used one of the gregory packs before and it was not nearly as functional.

This pack does run a little large, but that is fine with me as it has an excellent compression strap system that cinches her down pretty good.

damon
06-21-2007, 02:57 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: evanhill</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I gave up on using dog packs because I couldn't keep the damned things balanced. </div></div>

With the dual water bladders of the Palisades this is a piece of cake. We try to balance the load out best we can, let the dog walk for 10-15mins to settle the load, then let out water from the side that is hanging a little low, and you’re done! Worked great for us.

BGAGNE
07-03-2007, 06:43 AM
Try http://www.wildernesswanderer.com. This is a small outfit out of Kamloops British Columbia Canada. Makes his own packs hand made. Started out just like Patrick. Real good quality stuff at a good price and warranty excels any big outfit cause your dealing with the man directly. He makes training packs for short walks and younger dogs not used to packing. Were he really shines is his 3 piece packer, you can disconnect the panners in a snap and leave the harness on the dog, were situations arise, plane ride, river crossings, truck ride, you don't have to saddle the dog everytime. The pack is tougher then anything I have ever seen. We were hunting in Northern B.C. The buck brush was past our heads. The dogs walked through that thick brush with heavy loads for two weeks. if anything was going to come apart it would on have been on that trip. We had one horse and two dogs on that trip, and we packed out a caribou and a moose, in one load, so yah everyone had there share of weight. Give him a ring you won't be disappointed.

Byron

BGAGNE
07-03-2007, 06:47 AM
Sorry guys I gave the wrong address try http://www.thewildernesswanderer.com
Byron

STTAOW
07-24-2007, 08:56 PM
While not exactly dog pack related, it's an accessory: does anyone use those paw protectors (like Grip Trex with vibram soles) that go on their K9 mitts? Thoughts?