Ruffwear SingleTrak Pack Review

June 15, 2012
Ruffwear SingleTrak Pack
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
81
Load Capacity & Packability
8
Dog Comfort
5
Load Stability
9
Handle / Leash Attachment
5
Additional Features
7
Value
7

The Good

  • Streamlined enough for single track and snag-free bushwhacking
  • Included hydration bladders fit well
  • Can also be used as a harness for lifting
  • Sizes accommodate many breeds

The Bad

  • Can’t carry much cargo—just water or small loads
  • Adjustments have a tendency to work themselves loose over the course of a trip
  • Buckles fill with snow if the dog rolls, becoming difficult to undo
THE VERDICT

Overall, a very impressive pack for day tripping off the beaten path. Sturdy and comfortable for the dogs, with quality materials, good breed versatility, and thoughtful construction.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A low profile harness/pack combo, suitable for water carrying or small loads, designed for day activities such as hiking, mountain biking, ski touring, and dog fitness training.

FULL REVIEW

This is my go to pack for fast paced adventures in the mountains: A great combination of durability, utility and function, and a product that did not seem to exist on the market for pet dogs before this.

Slim profile

The key to this product is that it is streamlined and carries weight close to the dog’s body. The pack carries the weight tight to the body so the pack doesn’t flop around or get hung up if the dog is zipping through tight spots.

Low cargo room

The carrying capacity is the same across all three sizes.  Remember that this pack capacity is small. If you want a larger pack for big loads or multiple day trips or cargo, you should look for a different model. (Also worth mentioning is the fact that it comes in a wide variety of sizes that should fit most breeds.)

Harness

The fact that it doubles as a harness is nice for adventures where a little help may be required. This is not just important for older dogs, unsure on their feet, but also for high drive dogs that have no regard for their personal safety. I’ve found it useful to use the handle to slow the dog down in sketchy spots or ease it down an exposed section of trail/rock.

Best uses

This pack is best for dogs who need to carry their own water for a day-long excursion, or training treats and maybe a leash. Running dogs? Perfect. Of course, it won’t carry enough dog-food for multiple days out on the trail.

This pack would also work well as a “weighted vest” for city dogs needing some extra exercise on walks as well. If the water bladder weight is not enough, other weights could be added for the dog to carry on walks to increase the dogs output. 

 


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