Rated 5 out of 5 by kokoquinnie Nice looking crate
We wanted a nice looking crate for our new pup for times she needs to be left alone. She doesn't mind getting into the crate and she seems to be comfortable. The only change we made was to make a soft fleece cover for the pad that came with it. The included pad doesn't work very well because it has slippery fabric on the bottom, and as a result it would slip to the back of the crate and bunch up when our dog would walk on it. The crate was easy to set up, but be sure to read the instructions before starting.
January 21, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rudi Works great for me
We needed a crate that was easy to assemble and disassemble but solid and secure for our pups. This fits our needs perfectly.
January 13, 2017
Rated 4 out of 5 by IHave2Labs Great idea, fair execution, poor instructions
I got this crate primarily for the "garage door" feature to use at home with the long side against a wall. I was nervous about some of the bad reviews, but I decided to take a chance. I got the Medium size. I was able to assemble it myself with no problems. It helps to lean the top of the crate against a wall (so it stays vertical) while attaching the ends of the crate to it.
There are little plastic clips on the side of the crate that is opposite the garage door that prevent the steel cage from folding up. If you don't fasten these clips, a dog could fold up that part of the cage and escape. These clips are not mentioned at all in the instructions. For some reason the clips are discussed in the instructions for the more expensive model with the plush pad. If you have this crate make sure you fasten these clips.
So far the crate is working great for me. The instructions are labelled "Generation II", so hopefully some of the problems described in the older reviews have been fixed.
The latches on the doors on the two ends seem very solid; I don't see how a even a very strong dog could force them open. I am concerned about the latch for the top. When I pull up on the top lid, I can see the latch bend. I'm worried that the latch could break off with enough force, but that hasn't happened to me yet. All of the latches should have been attached with either rivets or screws that went all the way through the plastic parts of the crate. Instead they are threaded into the plastic and can be pulled out with enough force. This is a recipe for future breakage.
Good news is that the "garage door" works very smoothly for me. Latching the doors is very easy. Unlatching them is a bit tricky; you have to push down hard on the clips while sliding them at the same time.
A nice feature is that a bungee cord is permanently attached to the bottom of the crate that can be used to hold it together when it is broken down for moving.
I recommend this crate for those who have a need for its unique design. Otherwise, an ordinary wire dog crate will be more reliable and less expensive.
January 9, 2017
Rated 4 out of 5 by Molly Exactly what we needed for our 15pound rescue moodle (Maltese -poodle mix).
Easy to build, we like the variety of doors though we are only using the top door for now.
January 5, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Debbi Peat Gear Crate
Love the crate. I bought this one because she had outgrown the smaller sized crate. It cleans up easily. Well made.
December 3, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jcgal14 Good concept, poor execution
I wasn't sure whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. I love the look of this crate and the plastic is better for the floors than wire, but at the end of the day, the purpose is to contain my dog. For the first time ever my dog figured out how to get out of her crate. The door on the end (not the garage style door) bends enough to slip past the tabs. Too lightweight for how expensive this crate is. I do like the other features of this crate enough that I drilled holes through the plastic at the top and bottom of the end doors and zip tied them shut. This would not work if my layout didn't allow me to use the other door. For the cost this should be made with better quality metal. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with a large dog until the company fixes this issue. Zip ties should never have to be a requirement.
October 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bakkie Nice crate, innovative design
This is a really well made pet crate with an innovative design. I like the combination of plastic and metal, the fact that it folds flat and is without pinch points. The wheels and carry bag are a nice touch too. After trying to drag bigger crates through hotel lobbies when traveling with our golden retrievers, these will be a treat to pull. Our goldens are about 70 lbs and fit nicely in the medium size.
November 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Catch22 Best of 3 Purchased
After getting a female boxer puppy we were in a hurry to crate. We purchased our first "metal cage type" at local pet store for the size she may become. Don't like it in the house and just a little too big for the dog which should not be over 50 pounds.
Second crate was a table type which was an improvement at least for in the house and will continue using out on our sun room but again just a little too large for our size rooms. Not a bad crate but only one way in and when open, you must either use a door stop or secure the swing from the inside. I used velcro.
This medium size crate is the perfect size. Works now and should work when she is an adult. Is mobile and soft corners make it less like to damage wood work when moving through house. She seems too love it. She enters via the end gate without too much encouragement and for now I often pick her up through the top for a an outside run.
Did my research for our particular dog and to date, this is the best I have seen. Would have given it 5 stars but haven't had long enough. JAC
August 27, 2014