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Old 08-20-2007, 09:04 AM
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Rickosovitch Rickosovitch is offline
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What's the best canine backpack (dog pack)?

Steve is just about ready to start backpacking with me. He's a 75lb. chocolate lab and I want to get him the best backpack. I've looked at the Kelty Chuckwagon and the Ruff-wear Pallisades. Do you have any experience with either of these? Or other recommendations? Thanks. I mean, Woof!
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:24 PM
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WildlifeNate WildlifeNate is offline
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the best pack for your dog is one that fits!

The one I got for my dog appears as though it's no longer made. It's a real shame because you bought the harness and the bags separately. The harness came in something like 20 stock sizes (the harness is still available by itself), and there were optional bags available in 4 or 5 sizes. That flexibility allows for an excellent fit.

At any rate, I bought the mountainsmith dog pack for my dog when he was still a pup, and not matter what, he never found it comfortable. So, I spent a lot of time with him trying on other packs and never did find one that fit him the way I wanted. I ended up finding a harness/pack combo at Free Spirit Outfitters, apparently now renamed Ultra Paws Gear For Dogs, and they have an excellent sizing chart.

It seems most packs are made with measurements assuming a lab's body dimensions. If your dog has measurements that deviate from that standard, then you're out of luck. My dog is long and deep-chested, but he has narrow shoulders/chest. Buying a pack that fits his chest often results in a pack that rides too far forward on him. Buying a pack that fits his body length usually results in a pack that won't cinch down enough around his chest to eliminate extra movement. If your dog's body fits within the standard most pack companies use, you should be able to easily find a pack that fits. Otherwise, good luck since the one I bought is no longer available.

Might look at wolfpacks, too
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:54 PM
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My dog loves her Granite Gear - Ruff Rider pack. It's a simple pack with a chest strap, a sternum strap, three compression straps, and two big sacks. She loved it from the moment I put it on her back. She walks with more purpose and stays right by my side. It's like she knows we're doing something serious.

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My only wish is that Granite Gear would offer a Blaze Orange pack for the Fall hunting season. I'm not going to take her out without some more color on her pack.

-vino vampire!!!
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:10 PM
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One thing I like about the granite gear packs is that they use an australian shepherd as their model!

Still looking for the right pack for my smallish (37lbs) aussie.

While we're on the dog subject, it ocurred to me that my leash, a 6ft heavy webbing with stainless buckle, is really way too heavy and I've come up with a light leash; it's a length of 2mm nylon cord with a small aluminum snap carabiner securely tied to one end. The handle is just a loop of webbing, likewise tied. I've tested it around the neighborhood and it works great! I don't have a scale or camera so I can't post a picture and I don't know how much lighter it is, but it's significant.

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Old 08-23-2007, 12:39 PM
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Thanks to all

Steve's new Granite Gear backpack is on its way! I am so looking forward to hiking with my buddy! Thanks to all for the input!
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