These Backpack carriers allow you to carry pets up to 30lbs, and stay hands free in the process.
We’ve identified two backpack carriers that have good strength in construction for smaller pets, and have a number of supportive straps to secure the carrier.
Let’s take a look at them!
(NOTE: this is a general guide only. See a vet or your own doctor for professional advice on your pet’s or your own health when using a dog backpack carrier)
Best Dog Backpack Carrier For Hiking, Biking & Walking
Our top picks for the best dog backpack carrier for hiking, cycling and walking is:
- Petsfit Pet Carrier/Backpack (on Amazon) – rectangular shaped backpack carrier for pets up to around 10 to 15 lbs
- k9 Sport Sack AIR (on Amazon) – for dogs up to 30lbs, and measuring anywhere between 10 up to 23 inches from their collar to the base of their tail.
Best Dog Backpack Carrier For Hiking & Walking: Reviews
Petsfit Comfort Dogs Carriers/Backpack
- For pets up to 15 lbs
- Measures 17″H x13″L x11″D
- Removable bottom cover for easy cleaning
- Has mesh windows on each side for ventilation
- Has padded adjustable shoulder straps
- Has chest straps and a waist strap
- Has a top handle
- Has front and top entrances with zips
- Comes in blue, black and green colors
- Carrier weighs 3.1 lbs
- Made of an oxford cloth material with polyester lining
- This is an open top carrier – so unless the backpack slants or your dog tries to jump out, you shouldn’t have issues with your dog falling in between the straps like strapped backpack carriers can do
- Could do with some small pockets on the bag to carry a water bottle or food
- A rectangular backpack, so doesn’t suit long dogs as much as more compact dogs
- More of a backpack for light hiking, walking and biking, not for intense or long activities
- Because this is an open top carrier, you do have to make sure the backpack is secured tightly to yourself at all times so it doesn’t slant and tip, but this isn’t usually a big issue. Just monitor it
View the Petsfit Pet Carrier/Backpack on Amazon
k9 Sport Sack AIR
Check out a review of the k9 Sport Sack AIR in this guide.
Best Dog Backpack Carrier For Hiking: Buyer’s Guide
Who Are Dog Backpack Carriers For?
- People who want a backpack that allows them to carry their dog or cat in a bag on their back
- People who don’t want to, or can’t use a leash
- People who are going walking
- People who are going cycling
- People who are going on light hikes
- People with small dogs less than 30 lbs
Essentially, backpack carriers are useful if in any way you are limited by a leash, terrain, your dog’s size, their stamina or their age.
Note that most pet backpack carriers are intended for lighter activities, and not intense or long hiking, walking and cycling.
What Makes These Pet Backpack Carriers Better Than The Rest?
The Petsfit Carrier and the k9 Sport Sack were the only backpacks without a major design flaw.
The Petsfit could be a little stronger, have storage pockets and have a little longer securing straps. It’s not 100% perfect, but overall it’s a good product.
Same thing with the k9 Sport Sack – it could have waist strap and better ventilation (for hot weather), but overall it’s good.
Most of the other backpacks either had little padding, were awkward to fit your pet inside them, felt uncomfortable on your back or had a weak construction.
Also, most people seem to like that the Petsfit and k9 Sport Sack are enclosed carriers on the sides and has one opening at the top for their dog’s head. It eliminates the need for a dog’s body shape needing to fit in between backpack straps like on other carrier models
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