Dog Hiking Pack Comparison Tables

To ensure that we were reviewing only the best for our four-legged trail companions, we researched the most popular dog backpacks, and collected the top contenders into our four groups (Best Overall, Daypack, “Special” Designs, and Urban). The four winners were popular and well-reviewed across different platforms, from third parties such as Backpacker Magazine, Adventure Junkies, Gearweare, and Gear Institute. In addition, each of these dog-packs were well reviewed and highly recommended by everyday users on platforms such as REI, Backcountry, and Amazon. From these latter sites, we verified reviews against FakeSpot, a site which flags falsified or tampered reviews, to verify authenticity.


After considerable review of these third parties, real-life customer feedback, our own expertise, and opinions from multiple hikers who bring canines on all of their trail-centered adventures, we narrowed our list to our top four contenders.

See the Comparison Tables

The Basics→

Specs→

Excluded→

The Basics

The table below summarizes price, weight, sizes, handle, and Fakespot grade.

DOG PACKAWARDPRICEWEIGHT (ounces)SIZESHANDLE?FAKESPOT GRADE
Best Overall$80 0.8 lb (XS), 1.3 lbs (XL)XS-XLYesA
Best Daypack$65 1 lbS-LYesA
Best Daypack for Special Dogs$150 2 lbs 5 ozS-XLYesA
Best Urban Dog Pack$33 1 lb 5 oz"F" - o/s to fit M/L dogsYesA
 

Specs

Pockets? Straps? You decide what’s important for your canine friend.

DOG PACKNUMBER OF POCKETSPOCKET CAPACITIESNUMBER OF STRAPSADJUSTABLE?LEASH ATTACHMENT POINT
4 (2 major, 2 stash, plus gear loops)24 L (L)4 (two under belly, one under neck, one connecting beck to belly [chestie])Yes (5 points)V-ring and webbing loops on back.
4 (2 major, 2 side)24 L (M)2 (chest and belly, belly is adjustable [as is independent back])YesBack (between shoulder blades)
6 (2 major, 4 side/top)24 L (L/XL)2 (chest-Y and belly)YesBack (between shoulder blades)
4 (2 zip, 2 open)1.1 L zip pockets, .7 L exterior pockets3YesBack (between shoulder blades and by hips)
 

Didn’t Make the Cut

Some of the dog packs we considered didn’t make the cut. See our reasoning below.

DOG PACKREASON FOR EXCLUSION
Ruffwear SingletrakNot enough reviews
Outward Hound DenverFakespot grade D
Kurgo BaxterTough to adjust correctly to deep chested dogs (~110 lbs)
Outward Hound DaypakNot designed for strong pullers
Lifeunion Saddle BagLeash attachment breaks fairly easily