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Superior design and quality workmanship make Jandd dog packs the finest on the market. Add in some custom additions by Firebox including a D-Ring and loop attachments across the top make this extra special. The dog packs feature a 1/2" layer of reticulated foam and a ventilated mesh lining on the interior side of the packs to cushion the load and help prevent overheating.
I have been taking my pooches backpacking for more than 20 years. I've tried several brands of dog packs finding them to be more of a novelty item, not nearly capable of withstanding the abuse that a dog pack must withstand. It takes awhile for the dog to learn how to navigate with its new wide load so the packs get slammed into rocks, stumps and anything else in the dogs path which promptly tears apart the cute novelty dog packs generally found online.
I finally found Jandd dog packs and have been using the same pack through three companion dogs so far. It's the first dog pack that does not rub sores under the front legs and holds up to all the abuse and is resistant to water from rain or splashing through streams. I've even had a dog "dunk" the pack into the water for a few seconds and all the items inside stayed dry. I worked with Jandd to customize their packs to make them perfect for backpacking and I think you'll love what we've come up with.
Is it rough on the Dog?
As I've said, for years I have backpacked with my dogs. Many of my youtube videos feature Ash, my black and white companion. Sometimes I receive comments such as "carry it yourselves! wimps!", or "animal abuse!". Our thinking is that if your dog could speak and had the option between going to the kennel for a week or going backpacking with the family, most (definitely mine) would choose the latter, with some expletives relating to the sanity of their owner for even considering the doggie motel option.
Description: The leading edge of our dog pack is cut back at a slight angle to allow the dog more freedom of movement and reduce hang-ups. Next, we eliminated all vertical webbing that could become entangled on branches and other obstacles, and put a low-profile compression strap on the rear edge of the bag. The main body of the pack is 14-oz. Supertex vinyl scrim material; we also added a Cordura® top with a storm-flapped heavy-duty zipper, and lined the entire bag for outrageous durability and abrasion-resistance. For the suspension, we chose 2" polypropylene webbing for its soft hand and wickability; there are three straps across the bag and one at the chest, which serves as a low-profile compression strap. There are also two bottom straps with side squeeze buckles for easy adjustment-one for the chest and the other for the belly. The Kelev dog packs also feature a 1/2" layer of reticulated foam and a ventilated mesh lining on the interior side of the packs to cushion the load and help prevent overheating. A D-ring on the top of the bags allows a leash to be attached. (Note: It is not recommended to carry more than 10% of the dog's weight unless approved by the dog's veterinarian). The firebox custom addition include strap mounts across the top so you can attach a small rolled bed.
Health and Safety Tips:
If your breed is prone to hip dysplasia do not use a dog pack on them at all. Keep the pack light (no more than 10% of the dogs weight); my dogs only carry their own food and sleeping gear and a few convenience items like my map and snacks so I can call them over for quick access to trail necessities. For really steep switch backs I carry my dogs pack for them because if a dog does fall, the round shape that the pack creates on the dogs body causes a full ball roll down the mountain making it tough for them to stop. The pack can throw off their balance which can be a recipe for your dog falling.
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