We’ve worked with our friends at EzyDog in one capacity or another for the better part of a decade now. We’ve always appreciated their well-thought-out designs in a line of gear that is functional before flashy and competitive in price. So, when we heard EzyDog was redesigning their Summit Backpack and offered to send us one early to test out, we jumped at the chance.
The first thing I noticed about the new Summit dog pack was how light it is. Our medium Summit Pack weighs just under 17 ounces. The pack is built on EzyDog’s Chest plate harness and adds an additional strap that sits just behind the ribs, a key feature that keeps the pack from slipping over the dog’s head. This also means the handle on top can actually be used for supported lifting should your dog need a boost over an obstacle.
The second big thing I noticed was the main pannier zippers open toward the top/middle of the pack instead of toward the outside. I dig little features like this; it prevents your dog from charging through brush and inadvertently opening the pack.
Next, I like the use of the wide, beefy Chest Plate harness. This larger surface on the chest helps prevent chaffing and helps keep the pack from sliding around when your dog is on the move.
- Reflective piping and design elements on the pack keep your dog seen in low light.
- Metal leash attachments on the front and top of the pack.
- Smaller access zippers on the top of each pannier allow quick access, just larger than your hand, versus opening the whole thing up. I found theses access “ports” big enough to pull a water bottle out of the pack.
- Molded foam in the pannier tops keep them flat so they open and operate easily.
- Mesh top panel allows some air flow.
- EzyDog’s signature nameplates on the pack’s sides can be customized with your dog’s name, “Search and Rescue”, “Do Not Pet”, “Service” and many other nameplates.
Who Is the Summit Pack Ideal For?
- Anyone who is training, day-hiking or weekend backpacking with their dog. The Summit Pack will swallow up most, if not all of your dog’s gear and will haul loads with comfort. Watch below as the Summit Pack easily handles our typical backpacking gear, including a full Ruffwear Highlands Sleeping Bag, with a bit of room to spare.
Maybe Not for You If:
- You need a pack with removable panniers. In certain terrain and conditions, we really appreciate removable saddlebags. However, it is not fair to expect that in any pack at this price point.
- If you are long distance backpacking you may find the Summit to be a little too small in capacity. I say it’s perfectly sized for weekend backpacking and will work for long distance if you’re willing to carry one or two bulkier things for your dog.
If it isn’t obvious yet, I’ll just say it, I dig the summit pack. A well-designed, functional dog pack at a competitive price that will comfortably haul your dog’s gear on day hikes or weekend overnights.