Veterans of hiking and camping with our dogs likely know the importance of putting something reflective on your pup, especially at night time. Maybe you learned the hard way, like I did more than once when Thunder managed to wander off into the night, sniffing and snooping in his element, while I fumbled with a headlamp and a recalcitrant tent tarp.
Trust me, it's not fun to suddenly look up and realize your pup has wandered into the dark forest unequipped with a light, a bell, or something reflective. Since then, I have always made sure to outfit him with something that would make finding him much easier, especially in the dark.
That's why, when it came time to design our new K9 backpack, the Moab Lite, I was sure to make it as reflective as reasonably possible. The initial prototypes included two reflective stripes on each side, and our reflective DOGPAK favicon on the chest. Still, I felt it wasn't enough. For the next prototype, we decided to use reflective trimming outlining the whole harness. This really made our dog backpack pop, and it looked great.
The final touch would be substituting the original nylon fabric used for an even more robust, yet lighter weight alternative: a waterproof ROBIC nylon ripstop that uses reflective reinforcement threads sewn into the pattern itself. The result proved to be a high-quality, ultralight backpack for dogs that would catch the light and reflect at every angle, making it so much easier to spot your pup on the trail or around the campsite. I felt this was a critical step in adding a measure of safety for your pup and also your own peace of mind.
Take a look at our latest prototype below: