Reviewed by Neotenist from California Central Coast on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This pack is a nice piece of work; well-designed, solid construction, and good functionality. It also looks pretty good! A large pack is not available through STP and I hesitated to buy the medium since I have a large Labrador with a 36" + girth around the chest. My concerns were unfounded; the p...
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Reviewed by Sarah from Minneapolis, MN on Monday, August 18, 2014
After researching other brands and makes that hovered around the $80-120 price point, we came across this MountainSmith one. We tried a ruffwear pack on our dog, but didn't like the way it sat on his back. This Mountainsmith makes it look like our dog is wearing saddle bags and they sit perfectly on his upper back without rubbing his shoulders or sliding back; easy to adjust and get comfortable. You can also tighten up the slack on the saddle bags for less bulk. There's a nice handle for assists in scrambling (used a lot this weekend while climbing) and a convenient leash attachment. It also has a few more pockets than other options--such as a top mesh bag for easy acces to (empty) poop bags and treats.
Take a few walks at home to get your dog used to it before hiking, or carrying heavier loads. (Our dog sat down the first time we put it on with a "so you expect me to move now" expression but got used to it pretty quickly on the trail.)
We've gone for a few hikes now and it fits water bottles on either side, food and toys. It will be really nice for backpacking as well.
We got the MEDIUM. Our siberian is 62 pounds. Fits perfectly with room for adjustment either way.
Reviewed by colorado mountain boy from Colorado on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This is my third Mountainsmith Dog Pack. That doesn't mean they aren't well made, which they are, it means I like them so much I want to buy them again. My first one was awesome, I backpacked quite a bit with my dog and she wore it well. Sadly, it lasted longer than my dear dog. I found a new dog in my life who loved this pack as well. Bad news, someone stole it from my can and I immediately knew I wanted another. I bought a new one and it has lasted about six years and it's been through a lot, all seasons and weather. The pack itself is still good it's just the straps that have worn the most having the most exposure.
PROs: compression straps, burly zippers, capacity, strong handle. My previous dog went into a muddy water hole and couldn't get out. I grabbed that handle and rescued her. I use the handle to boost her when I'm climbing or pull her up a rock. It's a great way to control her as well. The mesh top pocket is ok. The D-ring is awesome is seems very strong. The bungee on top is not that use full to me.
CONS: The velcro strap closure on the mesh top pocket doesn't have enough on it so that you can fill up the pocket and thus isn't secure. I keep the leash in it attached to the d-ring and it's about good enough for that. I has no sternum strap running from the collar to the chest strap like other packs. This makes it easier to shed the pack, which some people thing is a good thing for the safety of your dog. My dogs have lost the pack on rare occasion, mainly from snagging it on a branch or jumping down something very steep. I don't think that's a serious con, but it is a difference between this and other packs.
My 43 pound healer dog can carry her meals for four or five days, her sleeping pad, down and rain coat, water, treats and leash. That's about 7-8 pounds which is a lot for her, but she's been trained with it and I carry it for at times to give her a break when it's that loaded, Sometimes I just attach it to my pack to give her a break and it's easy to do with the dog packs chest straps and the d-ring.
Reviewed by raghorn from Idaho on Sunday, January 12, 2014
I have had a couple of these bags for my labs for years now. Very good fit, durable. The two I just bought, and am reviewing, were to convert to saddle bags for our bicycles. They converted very easily, and work great! Best of all, about $100 or more less than "bike" panniers!
Answered on 2/10/2011 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
just behind their front legs, the biggest part of there chest.
Answered on 3/18/2011 12:00:00 AM by surf-hike-ride-it from mammoth lakes
The girth on your dog is over the back and around the deepest part of the underbelly/chest. Picture yourself hugging your dog from above with arms facing the ground while standing facing forward while your dog is facing forward. That's the girth.
Answered on 6/15/2011 12:00:00 AM by Mountainman from Chicago, IL
Measurement around the belly, however these packs run large. My REALLY big Lab wears a medium, while my other two regular-sized Labs wear smalls.
Answered on 6/5/2012 12:00:00 AM by Backpacker from Southern Utah