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Ratings & Reviews
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.
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.
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.