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The Palisades Pack by Ruffwear is a durable, full-featured dog backpack that is ideal for multi-day adventures. It's saddlebags can be removed so you can use the harness on it's own or for rest stops. 


Made from a rugged ripstop nylon, the Palisades Pack is a premium back-country dog pack that is loaded with features including detachable saddlebags, two water bladders and a load compression system.  

The pack has a strong padded back handle and two leash attachment points.  Multiple pockets and an external daisy chain store and organise your dog's hiking essentials and there are also two collapsible hydration bladders that come with the pack.

If you are looking for something more lightweight & streamlined, or for smaller dogs, check out our other packs including the Front Range Day Pack, Singletrak Pack, Approach Pack or Singletrak Pack.

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Key Features of the Ruffwear Palisades Pack:

  • Removable saddlebags/panniers - the saddlebags attach to the underlying harness system using aluminium & Hypalon fasteners so they can easily be removed at rest stops or river crossings.
  • Web Master Harness frame - modified with clips to attach the saddlebags, the underlying Web Master Harness has 5 points of adjustability (2 across the belly, and 3 at the chest) to ensure a great fit and pack stability on your dog
  • BPA-free hydration bladders - Two 1-litre collapsible BPA-free water bladders are included and fit easily into the side pockets so your dog can carry their own water.
  • Padded back handle - centered on the back is a handle that you can use to assist your dog up and over obstacles
  • Two lead attachment points - there is a single anodised, aluminium V-ring in front of the handle and another webbing loop further back
  • Other key features
    • Cross-load compression system & flopper stoppers to secure pack contents,
    • Vertical stash pockets for organising gear and storing heavier items closer to your dog
    • Internal mesh pocket & external gear loops 
    • Reflective trim for better low-light visibility and a light loop that you can attach a safety Beacon light (sold separately)

Sizing the Ruffwear Palisades Pack

Available in 3 sizes, the Palisades Pack is designed for mid to large sized dogs who are physically fit.  **If you need a pack for a smaller or less fit dog, check out the Approach Pack or Front Range Day Pack.

Measure around your dog's girth/chest. The pack should fit snugly so that it does not shift and stays stable.  If your dog is right on the cut-off between sizes, Ruffwear recommends sizing down.

Do not recommend sizing up just to get extra capacity.  

* PLEASE NOTE: it is not recommended that your dog carry more than 20% of their body weight in their dog pack - this includes the weight of the pack & the contents.  

If your dog is new to dog packs, start with an empty bag and gradually, over a period of days or weeks, work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack.

 Size Fits Chests Measuring Capacity Weight of Pack
S 56-69cm (22-27") 12.5L 0.8kg
M 69-81cm (27-32") 17.5L 0.84kg
L 81-107cm (32-42") 24L 0.98kg
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See the 2 videos below to learn more about the Palisades Pack Features and how to fit/adjust the Palisades Pack

Washing Instructions

Pack: Secure fasteners and remove water bottles.  Hand wash cool water with mild detergent. Hang dry.  

Bottles: Hand wash with dish soap.  Rinse thoroughly and air dry.  Store with caps removed.


  • Shell: 150 denier ripstop polyester
  • Harness chassis: Laminated, molded bonded mesh and perforated foam
  • ITW Nexus Airloc side-release buckles
  • Hypalon reinforced with aluminum pass-through buckle
  • Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum V-ring
  • YKK reverse coil zipper

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
kym B.
Adjustable light

I bought this for my vizsla who is doing a backpack trial. Love the fact that I can take the pack off easily at stops. Very adjustable sides so I can make it more compact or expand it. Also no chafing.

Jessica W.

Palisades Pack - Premium Dog Backpack for Multi-Day & Backcountry Trips

Monika M.
Great Backpack

Amazing backpack has a lot of adjustment and fits my dog nice and snug.
Only reason for the 3star rating is the chest protection (brush guard) does not fit the pack anymore once you adjust the straps to the dogs size.