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The Ruffwear Palisades™ Dog Pack enhances multi-day backcountry adventures with features like removable saddlebags, two collapsible hydration bladders, and a cross-load compression system. Four points of attachment securely connect the saddlebags to the modified Web Master™ Harness frame, ensuring load stability and comfortable weight distribution.

It’s recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of its body weight in its dog pack. If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack.

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Use this fit guide to select the appropriate size for your dog. Measurement is around the widest part of the rib cage. Need more help with sizing? Visit our Palisades™ Pack Fit Guide.

22-27 in (56-69 cm)
27-32 in (69-81 cm)
32-42 in (81-107 cm)

How To Adjust

Key Features

Additional Features

  • Customizable fit with five points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
  • Padded handle and non-slip girth straps offer good load dispersion for controlled and comfortable lifting
  • Two points of leash connection: single-piece, anodized aluminum V-ring and webbing loop
  • Trail-ready details: stash pockets and external gear loops
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim and light loop for attaching The Beacon™
  • Made in Vietnam

Washing Instructions

  • Secure fasteners
  • Hand wash
  • Mild detergent
  • Hang dry

Weight & Capacity

Size Weight Capacity
Small 1.75 lb (0.8 kg) 854 in³ (14 L)
Medium 1.85 lb (0.84 kg) 1068 in³ (17.5 L)
Large/XLarge 2.15 lb (0.98 kg) 1465 in³ (24 L)

Trail Tested Promise

All of our products are rigorously field tested and we proudly guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

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Jen K. Verified Buyer
United States

This is a great product!

This is a great product! My dog is comfortable and enjoys wearing the pack, I often take off the packs and just use the harness for everyday comfort! Excited to use the Palisades pack on our upcoming Appalachian Trail thru hike.

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Amanda S. Verified Buyer
United States

Not Fit for a Thru Hike

I bought this pack for our PCT thru-hike. Overall I thought the pack was well designed and has some neat features, but ultimately it could never be adjusted in a way that did chafe over the long haul. We ended up making our old, worn pack work for another 2650 miles instead.

Leena H. Verified Buyer
United States

Love this pack

I was really hesitant to buy a dog backpack that cost more than my own Osprey backpack. However, I wanted to get her something that I wouldn't need to replace in a year or two. After reading reviews, I decided to splurge on the Palisades pack. My dog is a greyhound mix, 48 lbs with a 27" chest girth and a tiny waist. It's difficult to get her size right - either it fits her chst but is enormous on her waist, or it's just too small all around. Using the size chart and their sizing recommendation, I got a small. I was nervous because she's not a small dog by any means, but the pack fit her perfectly. The sizing chart is on point - use it! The harness is highly adjustable at multiple points. It took some time to get it right, but I haven't had to readjust at all. I also love that I can pick her up using the handle without too much effort. The harness is really well-made and I love that I can use it without the pack. The pack itself is roomy and has some pockets to separate items. I ordered the Highlands bed and it fits perfectly into a pocket. Overall, we're really happy with the Palisades pack on our day hikes and look forward to using it on longer backpacking trips this year.

Taylor W. Verified Buyer
United States

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.

Ellen O. Verified Buyer
United States


This is a very sturdy and very easy back pack. I use this pack all the time. My dog had It on recently for almost 24 hours. She was completely comfortable with it on. It has lasted for along time.

Ellen O. verified customer review of Palisades™ Pack
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