Mountainsmith Dog Pack
Historic Range: $24.83-$84.99
Reviewers Paid: $49.99-$79.00
I love this pack!!!
This thing has made it through hell and back and keeps goin.
I sprayed a little silicone waterproof on and it can handle quick full submersions in creeks or whatever. The cinch straps make the load very solid which is very important with a dogpack.
Due to the size of the terrier that wears this it drags on rocks and whatever else is close to the ground but 3 seasons and still rollin. I really like the reflective stripe for visibility it has held up to all the scrapes as well.
My dog will not eat dogfood while backpacking so her pack carries a Katadyn Basecamp, Mountainsmith bed, muttlucks and a few dog first aid essentials. The handle is amazing it is very well placed on the pack and I have used it many times for crossing rivers on logs or just helping the dog up some real tough terrain.
Great pack I will buy much more from Mountainsmith. Also I have tried a few other packs and the strap placement on this one is the only one that always seems to work for all shapes and sizes.
Lastly, cut the excess strapping once you have fitted your pup, otherwise it just gets filthy.
Price Paid: 40
Reviewing a dog pack may seem a little offbeat, but with the Mountainsmith Dog Pack, my 100-pound Alaskan Malamute is able to carry 20 to 35 lbs. that might otherwise be on MY back, and that is the fastest way I've found to lighten my load.
Having tried packs from other manufacturers, I found them either unable to stand up to the rigors of heavy loads and rough trail abuse, or too small to carry anything useful into the backcountry. The Mountainsmith solved both problems. The size III (the largest) easily accommodates my two-person tent, a 100-oz. hydro-cell, and food for both of us for two days...with room to spare. The 600 denier nylon and taped-seam construction is bombproof and water resistant, and there are plenty of fit adjustments to make the long trail comfortable. There are lots of thoughtful features, including compression straps, D-rings for lashing, zipper pulls, and an "inner sanctum" pocket that keeps small items near the top.
This is my first Mountainsmith purchase, and I am a convert.
By the way, --ONCE PROPERLY CONDITIONED-- most healthy dogs can comfortably carry up to 1/3 of their weight (somewhat more for sled dogs). Start light and check with your veterinarian.
Price Paid: $79
This pack with Mountainsmith collapsible bowls has been wonderful. My pet now carries his own treats, food and anything else. The ability to tighten the bags to fit smaller loads saves on the bouncing of loose bags I have had in the past. When looking for a pet pack this is the best I have found.
- Collapsible bags and lots of righting straps for lots of fitting and no bouncy bags
- None that I found yet
When looking for a pet pack this is the best I have found. As always Mountainsmith is also very rugged.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75
This is a great pack that fits my dog well! It is very spacious and can fit a great deal of stuff in either of its saddlebags or on top with its bungee cord. The packs run large. I have a medium and it fits well on my 75 pound American Pit Bull Terrier!
Price Paid: $49.99