We have made this sturdy, functional, and user-friendly backpack so that you and your dog can get the most out of your trip. Many expeditions have used the Amundsen pack, among others crossing Norway and Svalbard. The Amundsen pack has two big rolltop bags (zipper for sizes XXS and XS). These are aramid fiber reinforced and handle substantial wear from rocks and rough vegetation. They are protected from rain by a ripstop cover. The cover holds two zipped pockets for easy access and a see-through window for compass or contact information. The attachment loop on the back is similar to the ones found on our harnesses, a loop with a gliding metal ring on it.
This pack is developed to give the dog comfort while carrying. But, for an optimal experience, it is crucial to adjust it and pack it correctly. The bags are shaped to carry the heaviest loads over the dog's shoulders. The straps between the bags tighten to lift the bags away from the dog's elbows. Many adjustment straps and the padded neck are customizable to distribute the load on the dog's body. A broad chest plate helps to hold the pack stable and comfortable.
Amundsen pack is grey and black and has integrated reflective materials. The pack is available in sizes XXS-XXL.
|Size||Width (elbow to elbow over back)|
|Width (elbow to elbow over back)||52-56 cm||56-60 cm||60-64 cm||64-68 cm||68-74 cm||74-82 cm||82-94 cm|
|Volume||15 L||18 L||25 L||30 L||38 L||45 L||55 L|
|Weight||630 g||705 g||915 g||1030 g||1130 g||1230 g||1420 g|
|XXS||15 L||630 g|
|XS||18 L||705 g|
|S||25 L||915 g|
|M||30 L||1030 g|
|L||38 L||1130 g|
|XL||45 L||1230 g|
|XXL||55 L||1420 g|
Follow the size chart. The width is measured from elbow to elbow, above the dog’s back.
Make all the adjustments on top of the backpack. The strap in front: this strap should be tight, to avoid movement in the backpack. The strap behind: you should be able to fit two fingers vertically between the board and the dogs’ chest.
To adjust the neck size: It is tight enough when you can fit two fingers vertically between the neck and backpack. Depth: The backpack should stop by the dog’s elbow, or 2cm above.
How much a dog can carry depends on the breed, size, and shape. Your dog should be fully grown, approximately two years of age, and in good shape before they start to carry weight. Always start with an empty backpack and add weight gradually over several weeks. For a healthy dog in regular shape that only carries weight occasionally, a maximum of 5-15% of your dog’s body weight is recommended.
A strong and well-trained dog can carry 30-50% of their own body weight. This will vary based on the dog's shape and breed. In addition, the weight of the backpack will depend on the terrain and the length of the hike.
Learn more about backpacking with dogs in this article.
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