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.
The table below summarizes price, weight, sizes, handle, and Fakespot grade.
Pockets? Straps? You decide what’s important for your canine friend.
|DOG PACK||NUMBER OF POCKETS||POCKET CAPACITIES||NUMBER OF STRAPS||ADJUSTABLE?||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])||Yes||Back (between shoulder blades)|
|6 (2 major, 4 side/top)||24 L (L/XL)||2 (chest-Y and belly)||Yes||Back (between shoulder blades)|
|4 (2 zip, 2 open)||1.1 L zip pockets, .7 L exterior pockets||3||Yes||Back (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.