Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat Review

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
Oscar calls shotgun in his new Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat

I was introduced to Kurgo’s line of dog travel products at this year’s Global Pet Expo. Not only did the silver Winnebago travel trailer (it was part of the company’s booth) grab my attention, but so did their line of fashionable and functional pet travel products. And when I got the chance to review the Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

I’ve always kept Oscar harnessed in the back seat, and because of his size, he can’t see out the window to enjoy to scenery and bark at dogs in other cars as they pass by. I felt bad for him because he’s missing out on so much. The Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat gives small dogs the best seat in the car. Not only does it keep your dog off your lap, but it also keeps him securely in place while he cruises in style. It holds dogs up to 30 pounds, features a plush, washable padded liner and is collapsible for easy storage.

When my Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat finally came, I was excited to take it for a test ride. I have a convertible, so I wanted Oscar to feel the wind blowing through his fur while he took in the view. The booster seat was simple to set up. First, I buckled the seatbelt on the passenger side seat, which was where the booster was going to be set up. It comes with two sets of strap – the Headrest Strap and Seat Back Strap. The first goes around the head rest and the second wraps around the back of the seat where the clips buckles. Both sets ensure that it stays in place when you’re ready to roll.

The Skybox also comes with a tether that loops around the seatbelt and pulls though the slide found on the back of the seat. The tether that came in my Skybox didn’t fit through the slide, as the tag and seam made it too thick to fit. But after I made a call to Kurgo, a replacement part was sent to me and I was back in business. I was able to pull this tether through the buckle quite easily. This tether keeps your dog in place and still gives them a bit of room to maneuver in the seat. There’s also a Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Harness that’s sold separately, but it’ll work with any harness – you just hook the carabineer to the strap and attach the harness to the leash hook.

Once I got the Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat adjusted and strapped in, it was time to take Oscar out for a spin. He was a little hesitant at first, but once we got going, he settled down and watched the world go by. He got a few admiring glances from other motorists and pedestrians, and he even woofed at a dog on the sidewalk. He was feeling very brave!

The Verdict

I really liked having Oscar next to me while I drove without the worry of him climbing into my lap. I also liked how easy it was to set up and take down once I was finished using it. And the Skybox is super study, even though it’s light, thanks to metal supports that give it its structural integrity. And although it has nothing to do with safety, I adore the orange and brown color combination.

If travel with your small dog frequently, the Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat is a must-have for pet parents on the go. And with a retail price of $60, it’s a great investment for that peace of mind while driving (and it looks super cool, which doesn’t hurt). Visit the Kurgo website to purchase.

*Note: PetGuide.com was NOT compensated for this review. We received a free Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat to review. The opinions expressed in this post are the author’s. We provide unbiased feedback of the products and share products we think our readers would enjoy using and learning more about.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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