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Old 01-28-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Suggestions on dog packs

Can anyone suggest a brand of dog pack. We have 2 dogs (a 10 year old shepard about 60 lbs and a 12 month old great dane about 125 lbs). We have already broken one pack, not even 5 minutes down the trail the strap across her front chest broke. Of course looking to not overload them but give them some of their food or water. Looking for durability and comfort. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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My lab (Jenny) is around 82 lbs, and I prefer to use an old Campmor dog pack that my father gave to me years ago. It's been around a long time now and has been used by 4 different dogs in the past 30 years, and still works great.
This one HERE looks like a newer version that I might pick up next year.

I also have THIS ONE, but no matter what I do, it always seems to end up crooked, plus it doesn't hold as much as the 'ol' faithful'.

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Old 01-28-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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My Golden has a Ragged Mountain dog pack. She carries her food in it.. Its sturdy enough and does not shift though it looks really basic in the photo. The problem is that when presented with it the tail goes between the legs. No wag.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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I have one of these on my 85lb pitbull and it is bombproof. Each side has a water bladder in a separate pocket with an access port and tube for filling bowls and such. The BEST part, I think, is that the saddlebags some off of the harness quickly for breaks or to use the harness only.

The harness itself is great and has a heavy duty aluminum D-ring on the back for a leash and a beefy handle for helping your dog over obstacles. Not that you'll be doing much lifting of your 125lb pup.

This harness is a very similar design to the Ruffwear Doubleback harness, which is a belay harness so you can take your dog rock climbing or whatnot.

The sizing is a little strange, so make sure you measure your dogs before you purchase.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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You might also check out They came recommended by our trainer and are apparently used for service dogs. My Barney (Golden Retriever) is well over the 100 mile mark with his. It has extra padding on the straps.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:33 PM   #6
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Thank you for all the information and sorry I didn't realize I posted in the photo section. I started looking at the pictures to see how they fit on the other dogs but could not tell the brand on some from the pictures. We were in Keene last week and picked up a new pack for her. Hopefully will get to try it out soon. I will let you know how it works.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:47 PM   #7
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I have been searching for high-end dog packs that fit all of my needs as well as my dogs'.

a) The pack should fit the dog comfortably for extended periods of time with average to full load.
ai) Good ergonomic design with Wide (and padded) comfortable straps.
aii) No chafing. No scraping.

b) The load should NOT shift and wiggle. Just like a good human pack.
bi) Tie-downs/loop straps on the inside of the bags.

c) A good base harness with detachable saddle bags.
ci) Base harness doubles as Blaze vest.

d) Both the base harness and the bags should be bright (or Blaze) orange.
di) With reflecting stripes on both harness and bags.
dii) I would even accept Crazy-ass Chartreuse.

e) Durabilty. Ability to endure severe off-trail beatings.

The best product/design I have found is
Apparently, Extra-Small is the only size left on Planet Earth.
I spoke with Granite Gear and they have discontinued their entire Canine line of products.
I told them that they may have discontinued the best dog pack out there.

Their sizes tend to run a little large, and Medium will fit my Large dogs just fine.
I need a baker's dozen of 'em to outfit my horde of 13 Carpathian War Dogs.
But I'd be happy to find just one good pack that ticks all the above boxes.

Otherwise, I might have to teach these dogs how to sew, and start a new business.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:40 PM   #8
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I don't suggest a pack on a 10yo dog, especially a larger breed. They have earned the rest....................
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:51 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Trippadoo View Post
I don't suggest a pack on a 10yo dog, especially a larger breed. They have earned the rest....................
If he's healthy, he should be fine, just keep the weight down. I've heard it's similar to people, ideally no more than 1/4 of your weight.

However, given that you have a young pup along side him, I definitely think you should put all the load on the pup and not the old guy... just because.

+1 on the comments about fit. I tried a loose pack on my dog and he hated it, to the point where the entire dog-pack concept became a nonstarter after the first time.
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