Best suited for: In-cabin airplane use (Medium size only), car carrier
Also works for: Over the shoulder carrier
Overall rating: ★★★★★
In an earlier post, I reviewed Creature Leisure’s Carry Den XT, which has backpack straps. The regular Carry Den, however, is also an excellent product. It is as well-made and well-designed as its XT cousin, but it has only handles and a shoulder strap for carrying.
The Medium size (9Hx17Lx10W) is pretty close to the major airlines’ maximums, and would likely work very well for in-cabin use. The Large size (14Hx19LX12W) is too large for in-cabin use — even if you tilted it on its side, the 12″ height (formerly the width) would be too tall, and it can’t flex because one side of it is held in place by the rigid bottom.
The carrier has lots of mesh ventilation panels, a lanyard to clip to your dog’s collar or harness, and two straps to fasten a seatbelt through. Gripes? There are no privacy panels, and many dogs traveling by plane need the den-like comfort that privacy panels provide. The carrier does come with a separate privacy cover, which sort of solves the problem, but it’s awkward to use.
By the way, the manufacturers suggest that with the cover, the carrier is stealthy enough to sneak your dog into forbidden places, but I recommend that you use PetEgo’s Messenger Bag instead. The Carry Den is just too big and rectangular to be stealthy, even with the privacy cover.