Boasting sturdy construction, a fully adjustable harness, integrated hydration bladders and an internal compression system, the Ruff Wear Palisades Pack provides the highest performance available in dog backpacks.
We are taking a look at the Ruff Wear Palisades Pack. This is the largest capacity dog backpack in Ruff Wear’s line. It is extremely rugged and durable and it is large enough, it has got a big enough capacity that it is going to be able to support the weight of all the gear that your dog needs for multiple days on the trail, adventures in the backcountry and all of those excursions. When you are going out into the backcountry and you want to bring water, food, toys, maybe a pad for the dog to lay on, so we will touch on all of those features.
One thing I really appreciate about this pack that stands out to all other dog backpacks that I have seen is that the saddle bag portion and the harness are actually removable. So you can take the saddlebags off and use this harness separately. This is a modified webmaster harness. So you get all of those rugged, durable features that you have on the webmaster harness, but it has these extra four clips on top so that you can clip the saddle bags on there. It clips on there very easily and it is very stable when it is on the dog.
The webmaster harness has plenty of features here. On the front you have got a three way adjustable harness right there on the chest of the dog. So that is padded. It is very comfortable. And when you cinch everything down it just provides a really nice feel on the front on the chest of the dog. That is adjustable three ways there. And then on the side of the harness you have got adjustment below the dog’s chest. There is also padding there to make it really comfortable and then there is an adjustment in the back as well. So you have a fully adjustable harness here to accommodate lots of different size dogs.
The most important measurement here is the widest part of your dogs chest, the girth measurement. The measurement from front to back isn’t as important as that girth measurement. So be certain that you are measuring your dog before ordering the size harness and I would say if your dog is in between sizes, definitely size down, rather than sizing up, so you get the most secure fit.
The other features here you have a really, really durable grab handle. So if you are hiking along or walking along with your dog and you just want to pull them back a little bit or lift them up to go over logs or big rocks or something like that, a really durable grab handle and you have got a leash loop right here that is very durable as well. So all of the features here make a great harness.
And then we take a look at the saddle bags. Those, again, clip really easily right on to the harness part with those four clips. You have got plenty of storage in this backpack. So starting at the top you have a very small, shallow pocket right here on the top for smaller items, maybe a leash or something like that. You have the bigger saddle bag pocket. And this is where you can store the dog’s water, food. If it has got some sort of a pad or a sleeping bag, it will definitely store well in there. And you even get two hydration bottles here. These are flexible bottles so as you put water in them it is going to conform to the dog’s body, which is really nice. As they move they are not going to slosh around. And if you have the bottles empty they fold up to be really small. You have got a nice little cap on there so you can refill their water.
So you have got two of those and it is a small, integrated pocket inside the main compartment. Plenty of room to get all of the gear you need in there and then ahead of that pocket you have got another smaller pocket.
Something else that I really love is you have compression straps on this pack. So if I peel that pocket way, these compression straps make the load a lot smaller. So if you are just going out for the day, if you are just going out for an overnight trip and that dog doesn’t have a lot of gear in there, you can cinch that down and really make the pack smaller and more streamlined. But then if you need all of that extra room, you can really just pull that out. It is a really easy pull tab there and it makes that pocket a lot bigger. So if you are on a long trip, your dog has got all its food that it needs and it eats the food throughout the trip, you can just cinch that down and you don’t have these big saddle bags kind of moving around there, so very comfortable for the dog.
There is plenty of gear loops on the outside, so you can lash gear on the outside if you need to, but just really great construction on a dog backpack.
With all the features you get here, you have got an extremely durable pack that is going to allow your dog to carry its own weight on the trail. It is the Ruff Wear Palisades Pack.