The Best Hiking Gear for Dogs

Our staffers pick their favorite dog gear for our four-legged best friends.

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You have good gear—why shouldn’t your doggo? Whether you’re in the market for a new leash or your fluffer’s first pack, find the perfect addition to Fido’s kit among these 10 staff picks.


Wolfgang Man & Beast LokiWolf Collar

Wolfgang Man & Beast LokiWolf Collar

Looking to upgrade your pooch’s necklace? Made in partnership with Loki the Wolfdog (of Instagram fame), this collar from Wolfgang Man & Beast is constructed with abrasion-resistant polyester (and pull-tested at 800 pounds, which seems excessive, but neat). The massive buckle is easy to thumb with one hand, and the single D-ring is great for clipping licenses and a leash. Each size has up to 8 inches of play via the easy sliding adjustment. Starting at $17.95


Ruffwear Roamer Dog Leash

Ruffwear Roamer Dog Leash

This 6-footer from Ruffwear can be worn around your waist—perfect for hands-free trail running, backpacking or hiking. A lengthy bungee section absorbs shock and gives your pal some give, and the talon-style clip is easy to operate on the move. A clever loop along the handle is great for stashing pick-up bags. $39.95


Nite Ize SpotLit LED Carabiner Light

Nite Ize SpotLit LED Carabiner Light

About the size of half a table-tennis ball, this basic key chain from Nite Ize perfect for nighttime walks or hanging out at camp. Clip it to your dog’s collar via a mini carabiner, and squeeze the housing to turn it on or double press for rave flash mode. You can set it to one of six colors or let it automatically cycle through the rainbow in disco mode. Nite Ize claims 20 hours of burn time on the two included lithium batteries. $9.50


Rex Specs Dog Goggles

Rex Specs Dog Goggles

Help protect your dog’s peepers from debris, sunshine, glare and haters with Rex Specs. A multi-point connection system loops under the dog’s muzzle and behind its ears for a secure, bounce-free fit. The lenses, which are changeable (each pair comes with clear and dark options), are spherical for a wide field of vision. My pup (sorry, not on Instagram) pawed his doggie goggles at first but came to associate them with impending adventure and now places them as an offering at my feet when he’s itching to get sendy—transition your dog into the goggle life slowly and patiently. $79.95, 5 sizes


Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack

Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack

If you subscribe to the everyone-carries-their-share mentality, get your pooch on board with a modest load in the versatile Ruffwear Palisades dog pack. A two-part system, the saddlebags connect to an included harness, which is just as useful on its own. The snug harness has a convenient grab handle on top (should your little mountain goat need a lift up a tall boulder or into the car) and a superstrong aluminum D-ring for connecting a leash. Nice touch: Since the saddlebags clip to the top of the harness, it’s all but impossible to Titanic the load with uneven packing (say, if your dog carries its water in one side and pick-up bags in the other). Multiple pockets on each side allow for all sorts of packing configurations. (Tips: Never pack the Ten Essentials in your dog’s pack, and try not to load it up at more than 25 percent of its body weight.) $149.95


Ruffwear Dog Track Jacket

Ruffwear Dog Track Jacket

This durable, waterproof layer from Ruffwear gets year-round use in my household. Not only does it protect my dog from light precip, but it keeps him visible; the Track is high-viz orange with reflective panels on the side and chest. The bombproof, 840-denier ballistic polyester shell shrugs off dirt, brambles and other debris and provides a little extra coverage in wintertime. Plus: Dogs in jackets earn almost as much love on social media as dogs in goggles. $39.95


Cycle Dog Earth Friendly Pick-Up Bags

Cycle Dog Earth Friendly Pick-Up Bags

Leave No Trace applies to fur friends, too. Luckily, there are all sorts of biodegradable baggie options, so you don’t have to use plastic. These Earth Friendly Pick-Up Bags from Cycle Dog are plant-based, but just as good at removing presents from the trail as their non-compostable counterparts. Each box contains six rolls of a dozen baggies. $8


Mountainsmith Basic Cube

Mountainsmith Basic Cube

There’s no right way to get your buddy ready for an adventure, but one way to make it easier for yourself is to have a “go bag” ready. Any small luggage will do, but I like this simple packing cube from Mountainsmith. Keep a spare leash, a first-aid kit, a bowl, enough kibble for a few meals and a water bottle inside, along with whatever accoutrements are unique to your doggo (chew toys, bones, tennis balls, training treats, meds, etc.). The Basic Cube stands on its own and has adjustable handles that you can carry or shoulder. $27.95


REI Co-op Camp Blanket

REI Co-op Camp Blanket

Dirty dogs aren’t great tentmates. Whether you’re picnicking, watching a Little League game or taking a trailside snack break, having an established outdoor, dog-friendly blanket can make life comfier and cleaner. This packable throw from REI Co-op has synthetic fill to insulate from the cold ground, plus a Pertex nylon shell with a DWR finish for shedding dirt, light precip and dog hair. (You could even keep the Camp Blanket in your Basic Cube for maximum convenience.) Starting at $79.95; 2 sizes


YETI Boomer 8 Dog Bowl

YETI Boomer 8 Dog Bowl

No, your dog doesn’t need a $50 bowl (here’s a great option for less than $15), but if you’re feeling generous it’s not as outrageous as it seems. The double-wall stainless steel is durable, easy to clean and—much like your own YETI—resistant to odor, rust and roughhousing. The Boomer 8 has a nonslip ring on the bottom and is dishwasher-safe. $49.98


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