- Rugged: specifically designed for hard-core outdoor enthusiasts or
working dog activities - backpacking, skijoring and other long-distance or strenuous
activities; features may include heavy-duty materials, brush guards, compression straps,
excellent ergonomics, lashing options, various types of padding. Prices range from $48 to
$115. See Feature Comparison Table, Rugged.
- Casual: well suited for day-hiking, dog shows, and other outdoor
activities, but lack some of the higher-end design features of the Rugged packs. Prices
range from $28 to $70. See Feature Comparison Table,
- Service: very small capacity and more suited for service/therapy dogs
and urban walks. Because these packs are not the focus of this summary and most of them
are made by companies that produce other packs, I have not separated them out, nor have I
done a Feature Comparison Table for them.
fall into one of the above categories, but have
interesting characteristics that make them unique and worthy of consideration on their own
merits. The uniqueness of these packs makes side-by-side comparison difficult, so I
haven't done a Feature Comparison Table for them.
- Limited Distribution: these are packs that I found during my searches, but I
couldn't get enough information to give them a meaningful listing. It's not at all a
statement of their worthiness. I'm listing them here with links so that you can
investigate further if you'd like.
Gear Chief and Rover Dog Packs: Cordura, mesh saddle w/ pockets, large capacity,
$33-$47; also at Search Gear
Bison Designs Long Haul: bags
seal with drawstring and buckled flap, brushguards, elastic harness, optional fleece
Caddis Pet Products: brushguards,
mesh saddle, $28; available at Pets.com
- Lazy Pet Products
Pooch Pack: sheepskin liner, $38-$61; deep discounts at Pets.com
Traveller Plus, Traveller, Day Pack: similar to the Wenaha line; also at Moore Pet Supplies and Dog Works
- Raven's Watch
Backpack: custom pack made by a dog sled touring company
- Generics: Some of the on-line pet stores list
backpacks without brandnames. I've confirmed that most of them are made by one of the
above manufacturers. Examples: J.B. Wholesale (Lazy Pet
Drs. Foster and
Smith (Black Sheep), and Great
Companions (brand not yet confirmed)
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