Best suited for: In-cabin airplane carrier (Weekender, Traveler, Escort, Day Tripper, Sport only)
Also works for: Car carrier, over the shoulder carrier
Overall rating: ★★★★★
Pet Gear offers a line of I GO2 rolling carriers that convert to backpacks. The bags all have straps on the back through which a safety belt can be fastened, so they will work as car carriers too. The manufacturer would like you to unzip the main window and regard the carrier as a car seat as well, but in that case only the small lanyard (it clips on to your dog’s collar to keep her from jumping out of the carrier) will restrain your dog in an accident, and it’s just not strong enough for that purpose. If you use the bags as car carriers, keep them closed.
Although the carriers look promising online, I can’t tell you about their quality. The Pet Gear customer service rep I swapped e-mails with never provided me with the names of local distributors, and I’m unwilling to buy one and pay for shipping both ways if it doesn’t work for Chloe. Let me know what you think of yours!
The Weekender, at 13Hx17Lx10W (I write the measurements that way, because the bag will be on its back under a seat), is pretty close to the airlines’ maximums. I worry about the 13″ height of the bag, since this particular product is made of less flexible material than other Pet Gear carriers, but several Amazon purchasers reported that it worked fine as an airplane carrier. It’s too small for Chloe, but would likely do well for a dog under 10 lbs. Please note that all of these bags include a pad to cushion your dog from the handle apparatus, so she’ll be okay even though she’s resting on the back of the bag during flight.
The Traveler, at 11.5Hx17Lx13W, is a bit roomier, but still within eyesight of the airlines’ limits; the Escort (9Hx17Lx16W) provides a different configuration and is also an oversized but workable in-cabin airplane carrier; the Traveler Plus (14.5Hx22Lx17W) is just too big for airplane use.