Welcome to Groundbird Gear!
We've been hand-building made-to-measure dog gear since 2014. Our gear has proved successful on countless thru hikes. Your dog's comfort is utmost!
We are not taking new orders at this time. Groundbird Gear is a one-woman operation. The business is coming into a new season. The best way to stay in touch is to add your name to the newsletter form below. We are so grateful to our loyal customer base and admirers and we hope to serve you soon!
Resource articles for backpacking with a dog:
Groundbird Gear Tailored Harness and Roll-top Trekking Pack
Our harness is tailor-made for your dog based on 6 submitted measurements guaranteeing a chafe-free fit. The harness is fully breathable, light-weight and quick-drying. It works as a stand-alone or as a base for the Trekking Roll-top Saddlebag. Read Specs
Have your own vision for a custom build?
We can work with you! Carefully follow the instructions at the bottom of the order form, to place your fabric order with our friends at Dutchware Gear. We make the saddlebag from their fabric. These are really fun for us to make and they are truly unique!
Get Started with a gear upgrade, invest in our harness first
A great way to get started with your dog's gear upgrade is to start by ordering the tailored-fit harness. You can add the packs in the future, if you can't afford them right now!
Groundbird Gear Turtle Top Quilt
The Groundbird Gear Turtle Top Quilt is the only dog-warmth solution which attaches to your dog with a comfy integral PJ harness so the quilt stays with your dog when they get up and spin in the middle of the night. When your dog sleeps curled up, the quilt covers them completely. Unlike "sleeping bag" dog sacks, in the topquilt, your dog can easily self-regulate their body temp: they don't have to crawl into a bag for warmth (or require your help to do so) because the warmth is already on them! If they get too warm, they can stretch out and vent. Leading edge and rear corners can be clipped back into a jacket variation. Packs to the size of a one liter bottle, weighs on average 8oz and comes in different warmth variations. Place order
To have a successful hike, you need: determination, a foundational knowledge in backcountry safety, and gear that works for you. Your dog's gear should be as functional as your own. Marie (trailname "Bobwhite") builds gear for your dog based on your submitted measurements, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Groundbird Gear's signature items are the tailor-made dog hiking harness, the roll-top dog saddlebag and the down-filled dog sleep solution. Our full kit will comfortably equip your dog for your best adventure.
Marie believes in lighter loads for dogs, starting with the gear weight itself and bag capacities that make sense! It is nearly impossible to find the right gear for your trail companion. Store bought mass-produced packs and doggie sleeping bags are typically overly large, overly heavy and many dogs have issues with the fit, which causes injury especially on a multi-day backpacking trip. This is why Marie works at the sewing machine on behalf of your dogs. They have the determination to hike with us, but they need the right gear.
I look forward to serving you! ~Marie