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Good value, but sizing is terrible!
on 14 July 2014
This seems good quality for the price, but the sizing is awful. I had to look several places online (as the listing isn't specific) to determine that the medium is for dogs with an 80-90cm chest girth. That's a pretty big dog! I have a 16kg lurcher with a very deep chest and this came nowhere near fitting her even with the straps tightened up all the way. I do reckon you could fit it to a dog smaller than 80cm around (my dog is about 60cm), but not by much.
Having said that, it seems pretty good quality for the price, doesn't look bad on the dog and the panniers are roomy. Things I liked about the design:
-There's a seperate neck strap. Most backpacks like this have a harness design, so they go down the dog's chest between their front legs and attach behind. This is fine for a lot of dogs, but for very short-haired dogs like mine, the chest plate tends to chafe and rub and cause sores, which I don't think this design would do.
-There's a D-ring to attach a lead directly too, which seems fairly sturdy unless you have a real beast of a dog!
-Most importantly, this sits very much over the dog's shoulders, which is really important for the dog's back. A lot of cheaper models sit on the spine, which causes strain. Dogs can carry a fair amount of weight on their front shoulders, but not their backs, so a lot of similarly-priced designs are downright dangerous; this doesn't seem to be.
In terms of quality, it probably wouldn't stand up to heavy abuse -- if you have a dog who goes off-lead and tearing through the underbrush, it's going to tear. For normal, on-lead walking or a dog who doesn't tend to tear through hedgerows, I think it was last, and if I had a bigger dog I'd happily have kept it.