Ruffwear Dog Pack: Palisades Gear Review

Ruffwear Dog Pack: Palisades™ Gear Review

By August 4, 2019Dogs, Featured, Gear, Summer

Ruffwear Palisades™ Pack

I love my dog.  He’s my best friend and we literally do everything together.  We’re constantly on the trail, whether it be for a backpack, climbing approach, cross country skiing, etc.  Until recently I’ve always carried little baggies of food and extra water in my pack for my boy, Blue. Now that he’s gotten a little bigger, I’ve upgraded and got him a Ruffwear Dog Pack.  What a game changer!

My Experience With the Ruffwear Dog Pack


I just picked up this pack from Ski Haus last week and wanted to put it to the test.  Blue is new to backpacks. He’s about 60 lbs. now and the amount of food and water it takes to satisfy him is beginning to be a real challenge to carry on a multi-day backpack, on top of all of my gear.  So we went down to the San Juan Mountains and had ourselves a little adventure and gave this pack the business!  

Right off the bat, I loved how easy it was to put on.  The adjustment and resizing took only a couple of minutes and I only did it the one time.  My favorite part about it is that you can actually remove the saddlebags from the rest of the harness.  This feature is great while taking breaks, as well as use outside of the backcountry. I imagined him fighting it at first, but to my surprise he jumped, climbed, ran and pounced as if he didn’t even know it was there!  There is also a feature that allows you to singe down the saddlebags on the side to keep them from flopping around while running, which I found extremely helpful.

Ruffwear Dog Pack Specs.


  • 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
  • Two collapsible hydration bladders
  • 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

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If you’d like to see this baby in action, CLICK HERE and check out a quick video of this pack bouncing around Mt. Sneffels.  And if you have any questions on Ruffwear products or any other gear that you may need on your next adventure, big or small, come on down to Steamboat’s very own Ski Haus and let us get you set up.  As always, be smart, stay safe and get out there and crush it!

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