"my dog comes running when he hears to closet open up."
My dog is a large border collie(most would use a medium) from working stock, and needed the large pack. He is 75lbs and large chested I decided i would start taking him out on my ventures, but he had to carry his own food. I looked at several of the cheaper competitors packs and tried a couple on my dog and wasn't impressed. Either the load bearing seemed awkward, or the harness felt and appeared flimsy. I also needed the harness part to be comfortable enough to pick him up by it helping him over a lot of obstacles and keep him on a slack line when I need to lower him. The ruffwear palisades performs admirably in all the tasks I demand of it and It is obviously not burdensome or he wouldn't come running for it when i open the closet.It is large enough for him to take two liters of water, 4 days food, his frisbee, tennis ball, and his food and water dish with room left over. I could probably fit a full weeks food in it when he gets stronger
"One of the better packs for dogs out there."
This is the best pack I have bought for my Siberian Husky thus far. It is very well constructed with water proof zipper and more than ample adjustments. Three pockets per side make loading a breeze. Also as a great bonus it also comes wither two water bladders, one for each side so even loading is easily achieved. It does appear basically water proof, but would recommend taking it off of your dog at water crossing if the water could be over their head. It would be difficult for us to swim with 25% of our body weight on our back also. You won't be sorry for this purchase. I always say "If your going hiking/camping with me you have to carry your own %@#!" And with this your dog can do just that.
I love this pack. I have a German Shepherd that has learned how to weasel out of every pack I have bought for him, except this one. Tons of space so he can carry his own gear and water. Easy to put on and take off. Overall, a great pack for my dog!