Mountainsmith Dog Pack

It's about time Fido shares the load.

There’s no free ride for Fido when she hits the trail—she's carrying her own grub and squeaker toy with the Mountainsmith Dog Pack. This pannier-style pack is fully adjustable via a four-point system that's padded at the sternum to keep your favorite trail partner comfortable out there, and the pack's tapered torso profile reduces drag and improves your dog’s balance as she trots down the trail. Attach her leash to the D-ring on the top of the harness as you waltz by the forest cops lurking by the trailhead, and store it in the internal pocket once you’re out of sight.

  • Four-point adjustable harness for trail dogs
  • Padded sternum strap and air mesh panels ensure comfort
  • Independently adjustable back harness and belly strap
  • Ergonomically tapered torso shape fits most dogs
  • Zippered panniers stores all the food and gear your K9 needs
  • Single haul handle at top of pack and metal leash D-ring
  • Reflective trim boosts visibility in low-light conditions
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Stays put with no chafing!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the third pack I've tried on my female Rhodesian Ridgeback and the only one that left her chafe free. Because she's not super barrel chested, she ends up in mediums even though she is long. This means the buckles end up very close under her arms in most packs. She has no hair under her arms or on her belly, so she can get irritated quite easily. The position of buckles on this pack is much better as it's further back and not directly under the arms. There's also more protective cloth around the straps and buckles to limit the harsh contact on skin. Another brand chafed so badly she was bloody and scabby and I was pretty much ready to give up and carry all her food and gear on our backpacking trips. Now she can carry her weight! As some of others have stated, the capacity isn't the biggest. But I'd rather her comfortably carry what fits in this pack than be chafed trying to carry any more than this pack can fit.

Stays put with no chafing!

Mountainsmith Dog Pack

A hike is just not the same without your four-legged best friend. Grab your Mountainsmith K-9 Dog Pack, and hit the trail with this "dogonomically" correct gear hauler. Mountainsmith consulted a local Golden, CO sled dog veterinarian to assist with the designs to ensure a proper fit that will maintain comfort all day long. Combining that insight with 30 years of dog pack building experience brings us to the most efficient dog backpack in the industry.

Mountainsmith Dog Pack

Just right for my mini aussie

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased a different brand for my little friend, using the manufacturer's size guide. The fit was a bit sloppy and the bags looked "overbig" on her. Then I discovered the Mountainsmith pack on Backcountry's website and decided to give it a try. What a difference! The strap design enables adjusting the pack to an optimum fit, one that the pup adapted to right away. The bags are sized right, and she looks pretty snazzy with it on. Shortly after receiving the pack the two of us spent 5 days hiking 63 miles of the Foothills Trail in South Carolina, with the dog carrying all her own food and snacks. She did great, obviously enjoying herself, with no apparent encumbrance from her backpack. This is a well designed quality product, and I'm glad I found it.

Great pack but could be bigger.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this pack for about 6 months now and I must say my pup has run it through its paces. After about a dozen hikes and about 250 miles the only issue I have with it is the volume of the pack. It is a good pack to take for an overnighter but for anything longer I end up caring most of my dogs gear. We are planning a thru hike and I think I'm gonna have to find a bigger pack for her.

As far as the function of the pack itself, I have only had the buckles slip on me once and I'm pretty sure that was user error. The zippers are rugged and easy to get to. I love the handle on it too.

Overall it's a good pack, I just wish I could fit more into it.

K-9 Dog Pack

K-9 Dog Pack

K-9 Dog Pack

K-9 Dog Pack

DOG PACK

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DOG PACK

DOG PACK

A hike is just not the same without your four-legged best friend. Grab your Mountainsmith K-9 Dog Pack, and hit the trail with this "dogonomically" correct gear hauler. Mountainsmith consulted a local Golden, CO sled dog veterinarian to assist with the designs to ensure a proper fit that will maintain comfort all day long. Combining that insight with 30 years of dog pack building experience brings us to the most efficient dog backpack in the industry. Often times, dogs proudly take on the responsibility of carrying their share of the load and can make a significant difference in the weight of their pack. We always recommend erring on the smaller side.

DOG PACK

K-9 PACK

Features:

4-point adjustable chest harness with padded sternum strap

Independently adjustable back harness for custom fit

Two zippered pannier pockets

Single adjustable belly strap

Single haul handle at the top of the pack

Metal D-ring attachment point for leash

Ergonomically tapered torso shape(veterinarian approved)

Air mesh panels against canine body for increased ventilation

3M™ reflective trim on front, rear and side panels



K-9 PACK

Good pack, some problems

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

104 lb German Shepard, "Solo", size medium



I love mountainsmith products but I was not impressed with this dog pack.



Have used this bag for almost a year, with probably 200+ miles of hiking. Has held up very good but the problem is the adjustment straps always come loose because of a bad clip design. The adjustment clips on the top and bottom of the dogpack use grey plastic clips to hold the straps in the adjusted position but never seem to stay. They will stay held down for anything. I continuously adjust his straps after or during every backpacking trip to get the pack to stay fitted onto him. Gonna be jumping on the Appalachian Trail in June to hike 900 miles with Solo and I have to find a replacement dogpack before I leave. I will duck tape the clips in the mean time and use it as a backup.



AT 2016 - Trek on!

Good pack, some problems

Hello Leland,
I'm checking in from Mountainsmith headquarters in sunny Golden, CO. We noticed your review of the pack and wanted to follow up to see if we can help trouble shoot with you. Would you be able to send us a few cell phone shots of the buckles that are experiencing the slippage (wider angle so we know which buckle and then a close up of the buckle itself so we can see how the webbing is routed). Shoot them to me directly at jay@mountainsmith.com.
We can determine if there is an issue with the way the webbing is routed through the buckle and work to either fix your current pack or send you a new one, free of charge. We'd certainly like to see you and Solo rocking our pack on the AT this summer and if we can remedy your situation soon, you can have some time to test before hitting the trail.
Cheers,
Jay Getzel
President
Mountainsmith
Golden, CO

perfect dog pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is so convenient and helpful on any kind of backpacking trip. Our pup loves wearing it and is not bothered at all by the straps, etc. The Dog Buff and Boots are also from the site if you want the entire package.

perfect dog pack

Size properly

My little husky in the back has a synched down small, she weighs 47 lbs, and my white wolf/husky mix in the front has a VERY synched down medium, and he weighs maybe 80 lbs. When I got his bag, I was concerned I wasn't going to be able to make it small enough to not have it slosh around on his back. I was able to make it fit, but almost feel like a small would have fit better.



My big white one got hurt on the trail so we turned around, I took everything out of his pack and put it in my little girls. She carried food, a long leash, foldable bowl and a nalgene full of water in her small bag, and I had to fireman carry him to the trail head 2 miles.



The bags are great, I love how they slow down my huskies! But they love hiking with them, everyone carries their own weight.

Size properly

Is there a size chart for these bags? If I get one I want to make sure it is the right fit for the pup.

Best Answer

Gwenn,



There is! If you click "Size Chart" above the "Select Options" drop-down menu, it will open a new window with the sizing chart for Mountainsmith Dog Packs.



Let me know if you have any other questions! I can be reached by phone at 801-736-6399 or llabar@backcountry.com.

Hiking through Sawtooth National Forest

Hiking through Sawtooth National Forest

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Poor buckle placement

    The mountain smith k-9 pack has good intentions but I believe the design of the straps is unintelligible. The buckles are designed so they snug right underneath your pooch's armpits and every time he takes a step it rubs. After only a few trips my dog's skin started rubbing raw. He was much happier when I took his pack off. I ended up exchanging it for another brand (ruff wear), one that doesn't put the buckle in a stupid position. Also, the ends of the straps started fraying after about 3 short-distance hikes.
    Pros:
    The handle is excellent and great when I want to grab him quickly. The color is bright and easy to see from a distance. The pockets are roomy and the zippers are sturdy. The material is durable.
    Size: my dog is a border collie/Australian shepherd mix and weighs 45 lbs. The small fits him but is almost too big!
    If it wasn't for the placement of the buckles, I would have kept this in a heart beat.

    Poor buckle placement

    great review, thanks for the honest feedback!

    Interesting, I wonder if it has anything to do with sizing and set up. My pup has had no issues with rubbing and the clips don't sit in her "arm pits".

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    She Loves It

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Mountainsmith nailed it with the redesign of this pack. Simple sizing and a great price finally got me to pick up a pack so Kyrra can start carrying her load.



    Kyrra's a 55lb Husky/Wiemaraner mix with about a 22 inch torso length and the medium fit perfect. Plenty of adjustment to dial it in where as I had a hard time getting a good fit with other brands due to the many different sizes and limited adjustability (particularly around her chest).

    She Loves It

    good pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I also have the older model of mountain smith dog packs they work well for me...this pack the company says was design with the help of a service dog vet.
    I got the med for my 50lb Siberian husky service dog nik, his chest girth is 28 in .it seems to fit a bit different with more adjustments... he gets it on, and he's ready to go as always...

    Hello Layne, I have a Bernese Mountain Dog and I'm trying to decide between the new and old version of this pack. You say you have the older model - do you have an experience with the new packs? It LOOKS like the older pack has a better design, but I would love real world feedback.

    Thanks!

    David this pack is there NEWEST model dog pack...there other model packs they don't have on the backcountry site Anymore..This pack takes more adjusting..
    you may want to go to the Mountainsmith web site and look for the different models.I think mountainsmith has a gearhead here too?

    i have older model

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    ok so I don't have this newer model but I can say that even with the older one my dog loves his bag. it holds a lot and it fits well.

    i have older model

    My girl has the same one. Takes her a minute to adjust to it, but then she acts like it's not there. I'm curious how strong the haul handle hers is. I've picked her up by it, but I'm curious if it would be good for a fall while in the mountains.