You will get either two reactions when you say dog sleeping bag… “oh my gosh that’s such a great idea” or “why? dogs don’t need a sleeping bag.” I can tell you right now if you go camping, backpacking or even staying in a cabin the Outback Dreamer is a dream! Goose and I made sure we thoroughly tested out this sleeping bag to make sure it stood up to his abuse and to make sure he actually liked it. We took it car camping to the Mojave desert and backpacking up into the Ponderosa Pines.
I couldn’t be happier with the design of the Outback Dreamer the round shape is the perfect natural sleeping position for dogs and the fact that there were no zippers also made me happy, there was no worry of fur to get stuck, or zippers to fail if the dog decides to push or jump out of the sleeping bag. The overlapping materials at the entry is brilliant, now Goose never did tuck his head completely away into the sleeping bag but he did curl up his body into the sleeping bag fully with is paws tucked into the overlapping material. The reflective lining inside the Outback Dreamer is the perfect material to keep your dog warm, it reflects the dog’s body heat and gives the sleeping bag significant warmth with reducing the need to fill this sleeping bag with an excessive amount of synthetic fill. I am actually very pleased with the amount of fill in this sleeping bag. The fact that the bag is not filled with down is in my eyes a positive, especially for a dog who loves to somehow find water and get sopping wet! The water-repellent and durable Houndtex textile is perfect for those water seeking hounds. The sleeping bag also features a warm wadding between the outer layer and the lining. Another perk to the Outback Dreamer is the dog doesn’t have to always sleep inside the bag, with such a well-insulated bag it also can double as a sleeping pad. We live here in the Arizona desert and even though Goose doesn’t curl up inside the sleeping bag all the time when it’s a bit warmer out he does love sleeping on it. This bag has saved us so much weight and space when camping and backpacking compared to a traditional bed or pad. Now, this pad is a lot larger than most dog sleeping bags on the market, but it will not work for an XL golden or a giant breed dog, Goose is 43 pounds and has room to move around in the Large, so I would keep this in mind when purchasing and to look at the sizing guide carefully.
- Round design for your dog’s natural sleeping position
- Heat-reflecting foil in the lining
- Water-repellent and breathable
I am very impressed by the Outback Dreamer and the way the Hurtta design team put together this gem. Having a dog sleeping bag is actually very necessary for me when we go backpacking whether it’s used as a sleeping pad or bag I won’t have to worry if Goose is cold or uncomfortable on the ground. Making sure he get a good nights sleep is as important as my own sleep. I would recommend this bag to anyone with a small to medium sized dog that is either short hair or if you are visiting colder climates then your dog is used to, but remember this bag makes a great sleeping pad too.
A bit about Hurtta
Hurtta’s business is based on knowing what pets need, and wanting to provide them with ever better products. Also wanting to make the everyday lives of dog owners easier, by offering safe, high-quality products that are easy to identify and that meet exactly the right needs. Hurtta believes that dogs make us better people.
Hurtta product designs, they take into account the build and movement patterns of different dog breeds, when the dogs run and play. The objective is to come up with products that are ergonomic, functional and match the needs of the dogs. Houndtex, our proprietary high-performance fabric, is weather resistant, breathable, water and wind resistant. The seams are taped, which guarantees impermeability.
Hurtta is established in Kuopio, Finland.
You can find Hurtta retailers in North America by going here: Hurtta247 Stockists.
If you love Hurtta and want to learn more about them I would recommend checking Hurtta out on Facebook and liking their page. They are often looking for product testers and run giveaways for chances to win their products.