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 Christina from Missouri on Saturday, January 3, 2015
Bought this for my 90# lab (she has a tall/large frame) and it fit nicely in a medium. We made sure to pack the weight even and give her a chance to get used to it, but for her first time wearing a pack ever it worked great and she didn't seem to mind it at all. We took a three night backpacking trip and it held up to her adventures well, no tears/breaks etc. Occasionally I would readjust the padding on the straps as it would slide around. That's the only thing I think could be made better- solid padding on the straps, or I could just sew it down so it doesn't slide. Overall it was an excellent buy and product!
Reviewed by dropkick from Oregon on Thursday, November 13, 2014
I've had a few different brands of packs for my dogs over the years and most of them cost significantly more than the Mountainsmith. This thing is bombproof. All of the closures and strapping are very well placed and constructed. The reflective tape sewn in is an added bonus as well.
Reviewed by Jerry and Buddy from Massachusetts on Monday, October 20, 2014
i am overall happy with this pack.
The bags are well made, and thought out.
The top attachment points for items is good, as well as the inside pockets.
However. The rearmost strap is a made for dogs with no waist.
Does not fit a foxhound or a treeing walker very good in the back.
Did come up with a solution of sorts. Just crossed the straps.
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.
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