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Gear Review dog gear Ruffwear Hydroplane 445x260

Ruff Wear Hydro Plane: One of the best toys we’ve ever given Mango! It’s durable (no rips or tears in months), easy to see and find, even in water and snow, and great for fetch or tug of war. $19.95, ruffwear.com

dog slideshow Nite Ize 445x260

Nite Ize Spotlit L.E.D Collar Lite: Worried you won’t find your dog when he wants to play night fetch? Take a cue from Lobo and check out this light that attaches to the collar, so you can track your furry friend. $6.99, niteize.com

Gear Review dog gear Doubleback Harness 445x260

Ruff Wear Doubleback Harness: It’s about time a doubleback harness came out for dogs. The straps are easy to adjust and cinch tight–Clyde, all squirmy 80 pounds of him, was safe crossing rapids in Boulder Canyon. $124.95, 4 sizes, ruffwear.com

Gear Review dog gear Guyot Bowls 445x260

Guyot Designs Squishy Pet Bowl: Super packable, easy to clean, and durable (Mango tried to eat hers). But hard to move once filled with water (thanks to soft silicone) and a bit heavier than other models. $9.95-$19.95, 4 sizes, guyotdesigns.com

Gear Review dog gear Doggles 445x260

Doggles: Facing a tough off-road wagon ride like Sherbert here? Get doggles. $19.25, 5 sizes, doggles.com

dog gear otis 445

Bonus: BACKPACKER reader Ryan sent in this picture of his six-year-old Springer Spaniel, Otis, who just loves to strap on a pack and go go go.

A lot of gear comes through the BACKPACKER offices, and it isn’t all for people. Here, five solid doggie products tested by three super hard-core pets…and one who pretends. Plus, a bonus reader photo!