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Ratings & Reviews
Possibly more padding in the underside?
My first impression of the Ruffwear palisades pack was that the material seems sturdy and that it should hold up to lots of wear and tear. We have hiked with the pack a few times already. My dog seemed to enjoy it more than the other backpack he has (of a different brand). The Ruffwear pack keeps the weight more centered on his shoulders and it doesn’t seem to flop around as much as his other pack. However, after a few hikes, I do think the Palisades pack should have more padding on the underside. I know Ruffwear sells a brushguard separately but I don’t think it should be needed to use the pack safely. Every time we go out hiking, my dog ends up with little abrasions in his arm pits. It is possible that I fitted him incorrectly, and I have tried adjusting the fit each time to hopefully prevent the small marks but it has not worked yet. The much cheaper pack we used previously was only fitted once and never caused him any harm after a long hike with the same amount of weight. He has never shown any discomfort while wearing the pack, even at the end of a hike when the abrasions were already present. All in all, I do still like the pack and despite the abrasions, my dog does appear to enjoy wearing it more than his old one. I am hoping that adding the brushguard will prevent future injuries.
Replaced a worn earlier model year harness
I had purchased a 2016 model Palisades pack & harness but after a couple months use the strap for the D ring had worn badly. I contacted Ruffwear and told them about it and sent them a photo. They very quickly evaluated my situation and offered to replace the older model with a brand new, 2018 model free of charge. The upgrades to the newer harness definitely addressed the problem I was having with the older model and the upgrades to the pack attachment method was also great. I have nothing but high praise for the Palisades pack. My border collie, Badger, loves putting his harness on and going for trail hikes or just jaunts around the city were we live. I recommend the Palisades pack to anyone looking for a dog backpack for their four legged buddy.
We took this pack on an extended trip shortly after receiving it, and it functioned beautifully. Only complaint is the saddle bags seem large when not completely fully, relative to my dogs size, but she needs the size M harness for her deep chest. It would be easy to weigh her down too much, so I do have to remain mindful of that.
Palisades New Design-Great Fit.
I purchased a palisade pack many years ago and recently purchased 2 the newer version and love it! The harness fits my two malamutes perfectly spanning their shoulders nicely. The larger pannier space holds more bulkier items and the smaller pockets are perfect for food and water. We are working towards the Alaskan Malamute Clubs packing title which requires our dogs to hold 1/3 of their body weight in the pack and hike at least 10 miles per trip. We need 4 trips to earn the title. We have completed 2 with the Palisade packs holding 22 lbs and it stays in place. The dogs are able to shake and move around without the packs sliding sideways. I like the little clips on the underside of the panniers that attaches to the straps on the harness. This is beneficial for steep uphill and downhill trails to keep the pack from moving. The new design of removing the panniers from the harness is sometimes a little harder when the dogs are wearing heavier packs, but lifting up the panniers enables the fingers to get in between the harness and panniers to move the tab through the slot. We get a lot of great compliments from other dog owners and hikers out on the trail!