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Sora spends a lot of time on her bed. It lines the bottom of her trailer while we ride anywhere from four to eight hours each day and she sleeps on it at the foot of our tent each night. Our bicycle journey required a reliable bed that was lightweight, waterproof, and durable. Kurgo’s Loft Wander Dog Bed fits the bill.
The bed comes in two sizes, medium (open: 25in x 36in x 1.5in, rolled up: 12.5in x 8in) and large (open: 36in x 48in x 3in, rolled up: 17in x 9.5in). With its compact size, lightweight material, and ability to be tossed into the washing machine, the Loft Wander Bed is a rugged waterproof travel dog bed perfect for any outdoor adventure with your dog. Whether a long term journey like ours or the occasional camping weekend with the pup, this bed won’t let you down.
What We Love
Sora sheds a lot. Like, a lot a lot, and leaves the evidence of her lounging with the clumps of hair that coat her bed. The material used for the Kurgo Loft Wander Bed does not attract fur and with a few shakes, we send Sora’s fur off into the wind and return her a clean bed.
The bed is insulated, but it doesn’t make her hot. She can rest comfortably when the temperatures rise and we don’t have to worry about her overheating while she lays on her bed. Similarly in cold weather, the bed keeps her warm. Though she’s not prone to being cold, we’ve experienced some chilly nights camping and the bed kept her warm throughout the night.
Because of the type of journey we’re on, a non-waterproof bed was not an option and this bed hasn’t let us down. The waterproof bottom has held up through heavy rain, hailstorms, and wet grass. It dries quickly in the sun, as well as on cloudy, cold days. There may have been a few instances when Sora’s humans forgot to take her water bowl out of the trailer and it spilled all over her and the bed. We simply lay it out to dry while we set up camp for the evening and it’s completely dry by the time we went to bed a few hours later.
We like the fact that the bed is not black. Because we are outside all day means that the sun is beating down on Sora for many hours. We put up a shade for Sora in her trailer, but some sun still sneaks through at certain times during the day. The red color doesn’t seem to retain or reflect heat back onto her. The bed also comes in blue.
Further, the red color doesn’t show a lot of dirt. We ride miles and miles over dusty roads, camp at sandy sites, and when it rains, the mud and rain sometimes make their way into the trailer. So far, we have yet to experience difficulty cleaning the bed.
The Loft Wander Bed rolls up easily into a compact size, just like a sleeping bag, perfect for car camping or when we fly with Sora and carry it with us to lay at our feet during the flight. The Velcro straps hold the bed together securely and they work great for when we want to attach the bed to something else, like a backpack if we’re going out backpacking. Further, the built-in handle makes it easy for toting around.
We have traveled with the same Loft Wander Bed for over a year during on two different occaisions, swapping out for a new one at the end of Europe. Both beds proved their durablility, showing minimal wear and tear. Our second bed is starting to tear at a few seems, but it is only where the thread is, an easy fix a tailer can repair in minutes. A few small holes are popping up, but it is to be expected, as we have used this bed every single day for more than a year, all day long.
One of the best features about this bed is that it is completely machine washable. We have tossed it into the wash many times throughout our journey and it comes out looking like new each time. As I mentioned above, it dries quickly afterward, and Sora has her bed back just a few hours later.
The Kurgo Loft Wander Bed is so comfortable, that we use it ourselves, sometimes! The quilted ripstop fabric stuffed with poly fill makes it cozy for both human and pup. It’s perfect when we head to a park or want a cushioned place to sit at camp. Luckily, Sora is willing to share her space with us and is always game to snuggle together.
The bed is lined with a non-slip, waterproof bottom that keeps it from slipping around. This feature has been invaluable to us. Not only does it prevent the top from getting wet when we set the bed down in wet morning dew or after a rain, but we have used it to help Sora stay in place during serpentine car rides and to help her hop onto our own bed from slippery tile hotel floors.
What We Would Love to See in the Future
Waterproof Liner Extension
The waterproof liner on the bottom works great the majority of the time, and we’d prefer if the lining went to all the way to the edge. There is about 11/2 to 2 inches around the perimeter of the bed without lining, which takes longer to dry and is more susceptible to getting wet.
Disclaimer: We received the Kurgo Loft Wander Bed as part of our winnings from Kurgo’s Live Your Adventure Contest. We did not receive any compensation in exchange for this review and the opinions expressed are entirely our own.