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While Chihuahuas and Frenchies tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to being portable pets, there’s no reason to leave the big dogs at home.
If you have a large dog who is older or recovering from an injury but would benefit from time outside, or if you anticipate vertical obstacles on your next hike that would challenge your able-bodied pooch, the new model of the dog carrying backpack K9 Sport Sack—coincidentally called the “Rover”—has been upgraded to accommodate pets up to 80 pounds and is now offered in sizes Large through XXL.
We tested out size XL with Rover pup Coconut the Samoyed. See the video below and read on for our review.
K9 Sport Sack “Rover” Dog Carrier Review
Right off the bat, we found some significant improvements over the last K9 Sports Sack we tested. Better quality, higher-performance materials have gone into this new style, from a durable exterior fabric better designed for the elements (and heftier dogs), to clips, buckles, and straps that have improved functionality and are easier to use (we had heard from some users that the some of the buckles on older models were finicky).
Other features we liked:
- Adjustable weight distribution straps at the top of the pack and a sternum and waist strap that help level out the load on your back
- A smaller, detachable backpack that’s perfect for carrying the day’s essentials such as keys, your phone, and trail snacks
One drawback we encountered was stuffing all of Coconut’s beautiful hair into the pack without getting it caught in the zipper. At 45 pounds, she’s smaller than the pack’s weight rating of 80 pounds, but getting all that fur into a smaller pack would have been impossible, so when ordering one it’s important to consider your dog’s breed and volume of hair.
Getting the pack off was tricky, too, so you’ll need to think about how to remove the heavy load from your back without injuring yourself or your dog (our tester found a second pair of hands useful for this). Users will also want to be realistic about their ability to tote around a large animal on their back for prolonged periods of time. For both your pet and yourself, testing out the pack around the house is key.
On the plus side, once she was all strapped in, the pack fit both Coconut and her dad very well.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Coconut’s dad. “I would definitely use it again. For me and Coconut it’s just a fun novelty, but I think it’s a great bag for an older dog who can’t walk that much, or a dog with an injury. And people really enjoyed seeing Coconut in it.”Buy Now on Amazon for $179.95