2 thoughts on “Outward Hound Kyjen 2490 Dog Backpack, Big, Blue

  1. LeftOvers4Dinner
    298 of 302 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Real Gear for Real Dogs: Improved Pack design from Kyjen, June 22, 2012
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    LeftOvers4Dinner (Virginia, USa) –

    This review is from: Outward Hound Kyjen 2490 Dog Backpack, Large, Blue (Misc.)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 0:57 Mins

    Bender Oak and I owned an older style backpack from Outward Hound, and while we loved it, we wore that thing out!

    This new pack is totally redesigned from the old model, and there’s a bunch of features I really, really dig!

    It’s got several different points where you can adjust it for size, and considering Bender is a uniquely shaped “mutt”, I can tighten the back strap just right, and give him enough room in the front for his longer chest!

    The saddle bags on the side are huge! Each bag can hold at least 2 regular size water bottles, with plenty of extra room. For giggles, I loaded up one pocket with two water bottles, a roll of poopie bags, a tiny sample package of treats, and a package of soft kibble! Just one one side! The cool thing about these bags is while they are much larger than previous packs, the bags are a much lower profile compared to other brand packs!

    The saddle bags/pockets are removeable, which is awesome. I take them off, and there’s a sturdy yet lightweight harness that I put on Bender. Once Bender and I are done playing “Hey Mom let me help you put the harness on by putting my paws in your face!”, I just put the pack part over top the harness, and a velcro/snap system holds it in place!

    I love love the zippers and color of the pack. The materials used (cloth, straps, zippers) are high quality, and something I’d expect a serious Human backpack to be made out of. Everything just feels, well, secure! The bright blue color helps me feel safe, because it helps Bender stay visible. He’s a Black and Tan mix, and I don’t ever want someone mistaking him for wildlife, or worse, not seeing him at all!

    The top of this pack has a handle, and I have had to use it. Bender and I went for a walk in the fields near our house. We were surprised by a sudden/random Thunderstorm, which scared Bender. He’s got more common sense than I and was afraid to be the tallest object out in an open field. We started to head back to the house, but all the Thunder kinda got to him. In a Pinch I had to lift him up a couple times to encourage him to get home. We have to cross a small culvert to get back to our house, and with all the weather going on, I simply used the handle and helped Ben across the culvert. Bender weighs 81 pounds. I don’t suggest carrying your dog via the cool handle, but in a pinch, it works for emergency situations!

    If I were to say I wanted one improvement, it would be a little bit of strap protection on the last strap (in the back) to prevent chafing. The only reason I say this is because Bender is thin-haired on his belly, and I’m concerned that our big hike later on this summer he might get some chafing. But considering we’ve already taken this pack out three times now, and we’ve had no trouble, I’m confident that we should be okay. Just in case, an after-market hiking comfort strap cushion (available on Amazon and hiking outlets) fits onto these straps. Again, a bonus, the straps are standard size like Human hiking gear!

    Overall, we’re really happy with this pack, and it’s definitely going to help us this year when we go hiking in Western North Carolina!

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  2. Bri D.
    216 of 225 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for hyperactive pups, September 9, 2012
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    Bri D. (Austin, TX) –

    When I adopted my puppy, Cooper, a month ago, I didn’t know much about his background (he’s a rescue and was a stray prior to being fostered by the person I adopted him from) but my best guess is that he’s a Basenji/Rat Terrier mix (~16 lbs) – I knew those were both active breeds but even then I was not prepared for his activity level. He is constantly pulling on his leash on walks and his energy is seemingly boundless, which makes it hard for him to settle down at night for him (and more importantly, me) to sleep. I know the old adage is “a tired dog is a good dog” but even long walks and play sessions before bed didn’t seem to faze him, with him not settling down in his crate for a least a half hour after lights out. I purchased this backpack several weeks ago and kind of forgot about it (I had mainly purchased it for hiking but hadn’t had the occasion to use it yet) but after reading online about giving your dog “a job” to focus on during walks, I decided to give it a try.

    The backpack is easy to put on and adjustable for a perfect fit. Cooper tolerated me putting it on over his head but I can see how this would be difficult with larger-headed and/or less patient dogs. I weighted each side with two cans of tuna (20 oz. all together) and it can definitely hold a lot more. Once we started walking, I found that it was immediately like walking a completely different dog. There was no pulling to get ahead of me and trying to get me to catch up to walk at his pace, instead he walked nicely at my side. The first time he tried to poop with the backpack on, he was not used to the extra weight pulling him back as he squatted, so I had to remove it for him to take care of business but later in the walk he had seemed to figure out how to balance himself and didn’t have any issues. Added bonus: after he does his business, he can carry it himself (until we get to the next available trash can). By the time we got home, he was noticeably calmer (my roommate came home and usually he runs and jumps up on her but she didn’t even notice him because he didn’t even move to greet her at all) and I was even able to enjoy an afternoon nap without constant pouncing and nudging to play. I am definitely adding this to our evening walk routine.

    My only quibble with this pack is that I wish there was some sort of D-ring so I can attach the leash directly to the backpack (essentially rendering it a harness with pockets).

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