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Kurgo Dog Carrier Backpack for Small Dogs & Cats | G-Train Pet Backpack Carrier | Airline Approved | Cat Backpack | Small Dog Backpack for Hiking & Travel | Lightweight | Waterproof Bottom
- Suitable for dogs up to 11.5kg
- Sewn in fiberglass support rods for structure
- Waterproof, muckproof, Armorsole bottom
- Stow away shoulder straps makes pack into a carrier
- Hip belt and adjustable sternum strap for comfort for longer trips
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The Kurgo G Train K9 Dog Backpack is waterproof and muckproof. As rugged and thoughtfully engineered as the best daypacks—think padded laptop compartment, a pair of water bottle holders and an ample supply of zippered storage. The G-Train K9 Pack adds a pet carrier compartment with a zip-open mesh top that rolls neatly out of the way. The black colour backpack is suitable for dogs up to 25lbs. Sewn-in fibreglass support rods for structure. Optional interior rods for added structure. Stowaway shoulder straps make pack into a carrier. Ventilated mesh back and side panels. Hip belt and adjustable sternum strap for comfort for longer trips. Interior tether to attach your dog's harness. Top and front grab handles.
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I also take him to work with me every day, so I really like that the bag looks professional and has a laptop pocket. It's really roomy; I'm able to carry my dog and many other things! I may even use it as a regular backpack and not just a dog carrier. I imagine it would be great for travel or grocery trips. I'm super impressed with the quality. It seems to be very durable!
There are only 2 things that I don't like about the bag. The first is that the latches that hold the cover in place (bottle openers) are too large so the cover unrolls every time I set the bag down. Also, the interior safety tether is a bit too long for my small dog. I wish it was adjustable. If it weren't for these 2 issues, I'd give this bag 5 stars.
It comes with useless poles. They are to help give structure to the pack while your dog is in it, so the pack doesn't sit on them. Great in theory, in practice, it takes up precious space from a "larger" dog, and they don't stay in the loops that are inside for them, they just slide through and jab into the pack, which I'm sure over time means they'd just wear holes through a pricey pack. So for me, they are just junk. For folks with dogs < 10 pounds/on the smaller side, these might be great. My dog is tall, so she can sit down and see out of the opening fine, and she's a Min-Pin, she doesn't mind things on her, she's basically a sandworm when it comes to blankets :)
There is a tether that connects to the bottom, inside of the bag. I wish it were a couple of inches longer, I'll be using it fully extended and it doesn't leave room for her to turn around, and I know she'll get tired of sitting in one spot/position for a long period of time. I'm using an Easy Walk harness while she's in it (front/chest lead harness) DO NOT use the tether with a collar. If your dog jumps, or the pack fails, you would absolutely NOT forgive yourself if they were left hanging by their collar, it's not worth the risk, spend the extra money on a good harness if you get this pack, and I'd suggest for dogs over 10 pounds, a front lead harness, a harness that latches on the back will leave even less room to move about on tether.
There are all kinds of pockets and spot to put stuff. BUT everything you put in the pack, takes space away from your dog. So, ultimately, this pack isn't for serious hiking with a dog inside. I put my soft sided hiking first aid kit in it, and my rain jacket in folded up in a wet bag. The only other thing that will go inside of the pack is a couple of the thinner ice packs for hot spring/summer hikes so we don't overheat one another. There is a pocket in her area that is the perfect size for two. There are two water bottle holders, one on either side, but again, they cut into the pooch space, so they won't be used. I have a lumbar pack that I'll use for my other essentials, when doing longer hikes, if she doesn't walk, it'll be the end of the hike, I can't risk not having more essentials when we go farther out.
This is definitely not a great option for serious hike in campers, unless you have other people who can haul super essential gear, this is great for walks in areas where dogs aren't allowed, shorter day hikes and the like.
The biggest real negative with this product, and the primary reason for the 3 star review, is due to the poles that hold the product upright which allows for maximum ventilation and space for your animal. For me, these poles, when properly inserted and the caps glued on, do not stay in position. I've had to reinsert the poles into the loop tie down repeatedly. Which isn't exactly easy especially when a dog is inside the carrier. These poles also significant impact your animals ability to move around. To be clear, these poles are becoming dislodged while traveling through airports with my 4lb puppy. The poles, in both the animal section and in the strap stow away pouch should be completely built into the backpack so they cannot become dislodged and do not inhibit full use of the backpack.
1. The "optional interior rods for added structure" (which I believe is the only differentiating feature between the V-1 and the more expensive V-2 model) is completely useless. First, it does not provide any structure when using the bag vertically as a backpack, only if you're carrying it horizontally as a hand-carry bag. Second, the sewn in loops do not keep the rods in place, so they constantly fall out. I've posted a picture of the sewn in loop.
2. The waist belt is not robust - the thin nylon straps will dig painfully into your belly. Granted, as the picture I've posted might show, I'm not in great shape, but you can see how the nylon straps on the waist belt DIG into your flesh. I put a 15 pound dog into the bag and tightened the waist straps, and you can see how it can HURT after about 10 minutes of carrying. If the waist strap was padded (like the shoulder straps), it would probably add a lot more comfort and a lot less pain.
3. The bag collapses onto itself. As one of the pictures shows, the bag collapses onto itself in the front. This is fine when using as a backpack because the weight of the dog when in the bag will pull the bag down and out to straighten it and create internal room. When using as a hand carry though (so when carried horizontally) the bag will just fall onto itself and onto the dog, minimizing any internal airspace.
4. The internal bottom of the bag that creates rigidity is made of CARDBOARD (yes PAPER). This is the part of the backpack where your dog is sitting. Using cardboard is an absolutely dumb design. The cardboard will undoubtedly bend after a few uses and/or get wet. Then the bag will sag at the bottom because it has no rigidity and it'll be no different than putting your dog into a plastic grocery bag. This is a really dumb idea for a $150 dog carry bag - how about you put a $0.25 piece of water proof plastic in there at least.
On the positives, the bag has many adjustment points, so shifting your dog's weight and adjusting the bag to fit different body types is nice. The backpack has a very nice, roomy secondary area that'll fit a 15 inch laptop (not padded though.) The bag appears durable (though my particular bag had a couple of small manufacturing defects, such as an internal velcro "sticker" on the bottom that unglued immediately a support loop that was improperly sewn into the lining making it unusable.)
As an alternative to this Kurgo bag, I'd recommend that you take a look at the TIMBUK2 Muttmover line of bags. I have one of those as well, and though it has less features and might be smaller, as a 5-year user of that bag, I can attest to its build quality, longevity and comfort for my dog.
Only downside is lack of air flow. The “mesh” on the bag is still fairly thick so it doesn’t allow for airflow, and my dog seems to get hot very quickly if it’s fully closed. I saw another review where they put grommets on the bag so I installed 8 grommets to try to help with air flow.
Great for planes - fits under seat.