The Good: Easy to fit, easy to load, and looks better than most other dog packs.
The Bad: Trouble keeping the pack centered on the dog’s back.
The Pawtom Line: This pack does a lot of the small things right: velcro attacher for straps, multiple D-rings (great for vertical/rocky hikes), and magnetic strap closures.
Ranger Pack: Who, what, when, where, and why?
We haven’t used this approach on a review before, but we’re trying something new in order to give you a quick run down on the Ranger Pack. We dive into the details even more below this section.
Who is this pack for? Any avid dog hikers or walkers.
What exactly is the Ranger Pack? To keep it simple, the Ranger Pack is a dog backpack or dog hiking pack.
When is the best time to use this pack? Because this pack has a considerable amount of storage, I think it’s best for day hikes or overnight hikes.
Where is the best place to use this pack? Any outdoor multi-mile hikes.
Why should you get the Ranger Pack? Check out our review of features below and decide for yourself 🙂
Features: A close look at the pack
Below are the features as listed on the Wolf Republic website, along with our thoughts on each of them.
Two points of leash connection
There’s two D-rings, one on the chest harness and one on the top/rear of the pack.
The one on the chest harness is great, especially if you’ve ever done any vertical or rocky hikes, just because it’s considerable safer to have a chest attachment point than neck/collar.
However, I’m not a fan of the rear D-ring. And I should point out it’s not just Wolf Republic that uses this location. Ruffwear, Kurgo, and others also employ rear D-rings. On the flips side there are packs like One Tigris that put a front and rear D-ring on the top of the pack.
A front D-ring (in my opinion) would help keep the pack straighter, and provide more control over the dog on even terrain.
Padded handle and breathable mesh lining
The handle is nice, and the addition of mesh for breathability is also nice, but these aren’t decision making features for me.
Four expandable pockets
These pockets are huge. It’s actually quite deceiving because the pack itself is not bulky at all. But during our hike we carried:
- Two sets of keys
- Two Nalgenes (16 oz, 24 oz)
- One plastic bottle of water
- Roll of poop bags
- Extra leash (we were testing a new leash)
- Two cell phones
We could have easily packed a small camera or portable phone chargers (for longer hikes), and some snacks.
Magnetic strap closures
When we received the pack I was worried they were snap closures, but super glad they’re magnetic. On our past packs snap closures tend to wear out over time and end up just flopping around.
Easy pet waste pick-up bag dispenser
We usually tie 1-2 poop bags on the leash handle, but I like the addition of a built-in dispenser much better.
Overall I really like the Ranger Pack by Wolf Republic. The attention to detail is important (as I mentioned above with regards to the velcro attachment, magnetic straps, poop bag dispenser).
Also, it’s easily one of the best looking non-tactical packs, as it uses canvas instead of a synthetic material for most of the pack.
However, I’d really love to see this pack add or move a D-ring to the top front instead of top rear to see if that helps keep the pack straight.