As you all know, my sisters and I love to go walking and hiking, we do lots of outdoor activities, really. We have heard a lot of dogs talk about wearing their own backpack to carry some gear, but we have never found a good one. When Kurgo offered to send me one of their Wander Packs to test out I snapped up the opportunity.
Some of the features I liked right off the bat were the easily adjustable straps, the padded breast plate, and padded spine support. I could tell it was going to feel nice on my furry body. It also has four reflective strips, two on the back plate, and one on each saddle bag.
The saddle bags are amazingly huge! I can put my water bottle in the pouch and it is still not half full! There is room for my portable bowl, treats, toys, and more! The actual dimensions of each saddle bag are 10″ long x 6″ high x 3″ deep! This is a wander pack you can actually pack real stuff in for a hike!
- Water resistant
- 8 adjustment points to accommodate dogs 30 – 85 lbs
- Ergonomic padded spine support contours to the dog’s back for a comfortable fit and provides weight distribution for the two saddlebags
- Rear-mounted leash hook for added control, with integrated bottle opener
Since Bailie, Katie, and I are all built a bit different, we all gave it a try. Bailie tried it on first. It fit her long,skinny, teenage body quite well, and she went tearing around the yard in it, no problem.
I gave it a try next. I really liked it and did not have any problems walking around in it. I really like that it did not shift around on me and fit snug, but not too snug. The leash hook up on the back was nice. I don’t know that we would need a bottle opener, but if someone does, it is there.
Last but definitely not least, we adjusted the straps and let Katie give it a try. Bailie and I are both around 40 lbs, Katie is about 75 lbs so it is amazing we can actually share a backpack! It fit Katie just fine and even she did not mind wearing it despite her issues with arthritis and joint pain. We were amazed! It does look a lot smaller, though, when she wears it!
Is there anything we did not like about the Kurgo Wander Pack? We tried it out on a day that was around eight degrees Fahrenheit and it worked fine, but the saddle bags did make some crinkling noise when they got cold. It did not bother any of us, but it might scare a sensitive dog. We are also some of the few crazy folks that go out hiking/walking in extreme cold, so for most “normal walks” the temperature thing would not come into play.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this Kurgo Wander Pack if you are in the market for a seriously functional doggy backpack! It is priced at just $35, which is also quite reasonable for the functionality and quality of the product. Stop by the Kurgo site and take a look at the Wander Pack!
Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. I was given a free product from Kurgo to review. The opinions in this review are my own and not influenced by any outsider. I receive no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.