Ruffwear Palisades Dog Harness With Pack

Ruffwear Palisades Dog Harness With Pack Review

The avid hiker, camper, outdoor adventurer, or lover of nature, will quickly fall for this versatile harness and saddlebag system that was designed with safety and comfort in mind. Who doesn’t love spending time with their dog in the wild, where leashes are optional and freedom is the goal?

Ruffwear is a great company that truly takes the time to design these innovative harnesses, each of which has a specific function in mind. This model, the Palisades is designed for the dog that loves roughing it outdoors and the owner who takes their pup everywhere, even camping, fishing, or hiking.

Dog With Ruffwear Palisades Dogpack

Now, with a standard walking harness, you could purchase some saddlebags and rig it for your dog so they can pitch in a little and carry their own load, but then there’s the problem of even weight distribution, which can be a lot more serious than most dog owners think.

You’ll experience the same feeling when you’re hiking and your pack is putting too much weight on your shoulders, making you burn more energy than is really necessary, and leaving you with a lot of aches and pains from the day's journey.

But the way this saddlebag system is designed, your pet won’t be uncomfortable and it won’t even affect their mobility. Which is why we love Ruffwear products, because they’re simply some of the best made dog harnesses on the market.

Now, here’s why.

We were a little skeptical that such a large saddlebag system would stay securely in place on an active dog. But the Ruffwear Palisades dog harness really surprised us. This harness is equipped with spacious saddlebags and hydration bottles, which are perfect for any backcountry adventure with your favorite canine.

Dog With Ruffwear Palisades Dogpack

The Web Master harness has been modified and provides comfortable weight distribution and load stability with four attachment points. Essentially, this exciting and versatile harness and saddlebag combination is perfect for any outdoor adventure.

Palisades Dog Harness By Ruffwear Assessment And Features

If you want to lighten your dog’s load you can easily remove the detachable saddlebags. This model also comes with a load compression system which will ensure that the saddlebags are secure during travel.

This pack is equipped with an anodized aluminum V-ring, which makes it easy to attach a leash to the harness when you want to keep your dog by your side. The handle is heavily padded, which makes it easy for your dog to navigate over or around obstacles in your path.

The two hydration bottles are BPA-free and collapsible. Each one offers a one-liter water capacity.

This pack is available in three size options ranging from small to extra-large.

German Shepherd Wearing Ruffwear Palisades Dogpack

The new system Ruffwear uses works to avoid some of the older issues Ruffwear harnesses had in the past which includes adjustment points loosening over time. While the new system is definitely very secure, it will take some time to correctly adjust it. The buckle clips that are used to secure the saddlebags are easy to use and can be removed quickly.

There are a couple of small clips that fasten the bottom of the bags to the armpit strap on the harness and this can be awkward to correctly adjust. Even if you try to adjust it by removing the saddlebags, you’ll still need to undo one of the clips in order to have access to the larger harness clip.

So, how does this pack handle the backcountry?

This harness system is designed for multi-day camping adventures that require your dog to haul a large load. The easy to remove saddlebags can store a surprisingly large amount of supplies. However, we do recommend packing the bags carefully, especially if you’ll be traveling over rough terrain.

With or without the saddlebags, the harness can be used to restrain your pet and is sturdy enough for some support and lifting.

Ruffwear Dog Adventure Harness Pros And Cons


  • The collapsible water bottles are a nice touch and fit perfectly in the saddlebags. The compression straps are definitely worth using in order to keep a load secured tight to the dog’s body. To keep the harness more streamlined, the compression straps can be neatly stowed away in a small pocket.
  • The reflective piping, guide handle, water-resistant zippers, and the attachment points give this adventure harness much-needed functionality in the backcountry.
  • ​The size of the packs makes it perfect for long trips with your dog.
  • ​The additional third strap that wraps around the narrowest area of a dog’s chest really does a great job of ensuring the pack remains tightly against the dog, thus preventing the pack from shifting as the dog walks or runs. If a pack is not secured correctly it can put a ton of weight and pressure on certain areas of the back, which can lead to serious injury.
  • ​Inside the saddlebags, you’ll find a couple of pockets, which will also help to encourage even weight distribution.
  • Because this harness system is so versatile, the harness works very well on its own as a walking harness, so you can use it year round and not just for your outdoor adventures. The harness does a pretty good job of discouraging pulling, so it’s also a good option if you have an aggressive puller or a younger dog who is just learning how to correctly walk on a leash.
  • If your dog needs serious leash training practice before you head out on your first trip together, check out the Freedom no-pull dog harness, which is a pretty innovative dog training harness that has a reputation for being effective, even for the most aggressive leash puller.


  • The mini clips that connect the bags around the chest can be a hassle to use and difficult to fasten at times. This pack system may be too complex for some dog owners.

Final Thoughts On This Backcountry Harness By Ruffwear

As you can see, this harness and backpack system allows you and your dog to enjoy the outdoors like never before.

Small Dog Wearing Ruffweare Palisades Dogpack

Your dog will have fun lugging around gear in a pack that’s designed to carry a good amount of supplies without putting stress on your dog’s back or joints. Dog owners who purchased this harness gave it a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars.

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