Reviewed By: Mary Haight
Kurgo Wander Pack is a well-built, well-designed lightweight backpack for your dog to carry on those long hikes through the woods, in the mountains, or whatever your favorite terrain might be. As you may have read, I have a Shih Tzu, so you may wonder what would I be doing reviewing a backpack for dogs who can actually carry weight? So glad you asked! This item will end up in the hands of one of our (Lake Shore Animal Shelter) runners in an upcoming marathon. They run with their dogs, so what more perfect gift of thanks for raising funds than a Kurgo Wander Pack?
Kurgo Wander Pack – How To Use It
The first thing I noticed was the frame of the backpack. The back support that sits on the dog’s spine is slightly padded with a netting material that looks as though it allows for comfort through the way it is contoured, and breathability. The two saddle bags are stitched to the frame by a length of heavy duty nylon, but have adjustable straps that allow you to make sure the saddle bag placement does not interfere with your dog’s comfort.
There are two straps that extend from each saddle bag to secure the load across the dog’s torso. These are adjustable. There is a Y configuration strap that fits across the sternum that extends from either corner of the main support piece on the back of the dog – each side of the Y is adjustable. The tail of the Y attaches to the front strap that goes under the dog’s torso from one saddlebag to the other – also adjustable. The leash attaches to the center of the back support piece all of which should provide an ergonomically appropriate experience or your dog. Just be sure to keep the load on either side evenly weighted.
Kurgo Wander Pack will give your dog a custom fit, and was built with safety in mind – there are four reflective strips used as trim on the saddlebags and one on either side of the back support to catch the light from different angles. Made of vinyl polyethylene acetate, it is rugged and built to last. Kurgo Wander Pack i guaranteed against manufacturing defects for 12 months.
Kurgo – What Will It Reasonably Carry?
Your pace will guide you as to what to include in these generously sized saddlebags. If you are trotting along at a good clip, you don’t want to weigh your dog down with much more than your keys, poop bags, phone, some treats, a nutritional bar, a couple of first aid items, and 8 oz of water. You could add a lightweight travel bowl and wrap it around the water bottle so the dog can comfortably have a drink If hiking, you’ll probably want to include a little doggie dinner, a yogurt and a piece of fruit for yourself, and a lightweight travel jacket in case it rains!
Specifically, the saddlebags are approximately 11.5” long by7.5” high, and these pockets expand to approximately 5 inches at the top near the zipper, less near the bottom. There’s a surprising amount of room here, making them very useful for one of those super lightweight travel jackets without putting too much weight on the dog.
Kurgo Wander Pack is a sturdy, useful product for active people who love taking their dog with them everywhere! It’s ideal for dogs between 30 and 85lbs. Kurgo Wander Pack is the best gift you can give to you and your dog
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