Small, but a fine pack

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Dog driver from Carbondale, CO on Monday, December 29, 2008
I've used a larger version of this Mountainsmith pack with my 70 lb collie for years - it has good balance, rides well, cannot be destroyed (we've tried) or even damaged, and fits well. Importantly, it's quikc to get the dog and in out of, as there aren't a bunch of stabilizing straps, just three quick clip ins. Thought I'd get a smaller version for my new border collie puppy, either for a permanent pack if he doesn't grow too much, or at least for a year or two. He's about 34 lbs now and the pack fits him about right, altho I personally think the compartments could be a little longer in length. they are kind of smallish, but they will not ride too low or drag for a dog this size, and that is ultimately more important so they don't hang up on everything along the trail and have the weight kept higher along their spine. All in all, I think it will be just fine for a 30 - 40 lb dog, and the Mountainsmith pack design has proven itself to me over the years. If he grows beyond 40 lbs, then it'll probably be too small and I'll replace it. Somebody could probably improve on the straps and strap holders, but they're decent anyway.
  • Best Uses: Better than me hauling it
  • Cons: Compartments are small
  • Describe Yourself: Long-Time Pet Owner
  • Pros: Good Construction, Lightweight, sturdy, Well designed
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