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Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack

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    31 Reviews

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    Your dog loves to keep you company on day hikes, and she's even more excited if she feels like she has a job to do. Stash some treats, a collapsible bowl, and a leash or some small water bottles inside saddlebags of the Ruffwear Approach Pack and let your pooch haul her own supplies. The Approach features a harness designed for comfort and stability under light loads, and the saddlebags have a low, streamlined shape that complements your dog's balance. A padded assistance handle gives you a quick way to lift your pooch over otherwise-insurmountable obstacles, and Ruffwear's designers were careful not to include any excessive straps or attachments that might hang up in bushes or low-hanging branches. This Ruffwear dog pack comes in five different sizes so it'll fit securely on pint-sized pups or burly beasts.

    • Durable nylon material withstands season after season of running, hiking, rolling, and other dog-like activities
    • Web Master Harness uses an adjustable system of wide, synthetic webbing that feels comfortable around the chest and haunches
    • Web Master Harness and attached saddlebags were designed to provide a balanced weight distribution so your pooch will feel balanced on her feet
    • Padded Assistance Handle makes it easy to grab this pack and help your dog over large obstacles or lift her into a vehicle
    • Single-piece, v-ring leash attachment point makes it easy to secure a leash to this pack when necessary
    • Other features include stash pockets, coated zippers, and external gear loops
    • Reflective trim improves visibility at in low-light situations like dusk or dawn
    • Ruffwear recommends your dog carry no more than 25-30% of his or her body weight in the pack. If your dog is new to packs, start with a light load and slowly work up to heavier loads as he/she gets used to the extra weight.
    • Item #RUF0101

    Tech Specs

    Material
    nylon, [leash attachment] metal
    Volume
    [XXS] 2 L, [XS] 5 L, [S] 9 L, [M] 12 L, [L] 16 L
    Recommended Use
    day hikes, overnight adventures
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Want better behavior from your dog?

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I don't know what it is about a pack but all of a sudden once the pack goes on, there's a radical behavior shift and Ramsey goes into what I call 'work mode.' He behaves better - WAY better - like he's got a job to do. So, I LOVE this pack. I admit that sometimes I put it on him even when it's not needed just for the improved behavior.

    The pack goes on easily and doesn't seem to bother him. It doesn't restrict his movements at all. And if you cinch it correctly, it won't flop from side to side when he's running or cavorting. You do have to balance the weight on both sides though.

    I've used it for other things too....We lived in San Francisco at the top of a steep hill for a bit. And the Whole Foods was at the bottom of the steep hill. Ramsey used to come grocery shopping with me and help carry the groceries home.

    Ramsey is 60 lbs. Tall slim goldendoodle and he uses a size L.

    Here he is enjoying the Telluride snow while we're on a snowshoe.

    Want better behavior from your dog?

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    My name is Bodhi. I am almost two years old. I wear size medium, It fits me well. This is one of the best Packs I have used and highly recommend it. Have fun out there.

    Best Regards,
    Bodhi

    Great Pack

    A very nice pack

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Hello, I am Ethan a young german shepherd, I was 2 years old at the time of the picture, I am ussing the L/XL size, and as you can see it fits very well on me, the orange color mixes with my black/brown back, the pack has good water repelency, and is very easy to clean after a ride on the mud and grass.

    A very nice pack

    Ditch Pitt packs for a week!!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    My NC Ditch Pitt, Lucy, loves her pack. We are going to do a seven day hike along the Appalachian trail and so far the test runs have gone well. Since day one, she's loved wearing the pack and I have slowly added weight to it. Be warned though, if you have done a test run with food in it, don't leave it lying around! Dogs can chew threw it and there is no repair kit sent so my sewing skills are going to have to step up!!! Lol an extra patch of fabric would be handy.

    Ditch Pitt packs for a week!!

    Functional + fashionable

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    It doesn't get much better than having your dog carry some of her own junk and look great at the same time. My dog Lola (#dumbodoodle) is a 5m old 25 pounder and barely fits into a small, but I think she should grow into it nicely. Here she is taking a break on a hot day in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

    Functional + fashionable

    Perfect dog pack!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I looked through the reviews, I know the Ruffwear Palisades pack is "superior" according to "experts". However, this pack is great and can't be beat for the price. Copper is used to wearing a harness on walks (he's got the border collie pull), so he adjusted very quickly to wearing the pack. I'm so happy I can tuck away his own water bottle, collapsible bowl and treats/food/ whatever in his own pack. The fit is great and has survived hiking in Colorado, including being submerged in a creek as he chased after a few birds. Would highly recommend! Great quality, great price and has the tendency to make your dog look even cuter!

    Perfect dog pack!

    Now she can carry her own poop!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I got this for my dog so she could carry her own water, and am slowly acclimating her to the extra weight. But in the meantime, I discovered the awesome benefit... when out on a 10 mile loop, I don't have to have a poop bag swinging from MY backpack any more!

    In all sincerity, this is a great product. Super roomy pockets, rugged construction (good thing, too, since she's not used to being extra wide), easy leash attachment point... it's all good. There's some really well thought out details that at first I didn't understand; you can lift up the pockets and unclip them from the harness straps so you can access the buckles without rooting around blindly. I'm super happy with this purchase (especially because of the lack of poop!).

    Now she can carry her own poop!

    Great pack for backpacking

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Freja loves her new pack! We had hoped that it would slow her down just a little, which is did not. I guess that's telling of how little she is bothered by it. We pack the backpack with her food and her bowl when we go on packpacking trips. She also carries some of our trash on the way out.



    They only times she seems slightly annoyed with the pack is when we manage to pack it unevenly, which is quite easy to do. Aside from that, and the very tiny buckle that straps one of the bags to the girth (which is a bit hard to get to when you have a dog who wants to run off and chase critters) this would easily have been a five star review.



    We got a size small for Freja who is a 50 lbs German Shorthair Pointer mix. It fits her perfectly!

    Great pack for backpacking

    Hello!

    We just got this pack for our GSP! She looks just like Freja!

    How much food and water were you able to fit in the pack? We want to go on backpacking trips that could last three days- two nights. Junup (our pup) eats about two cups a day....

    Many thanks ,
    Yaya, Joe and Junup.

    It's a really roomy pack, I have the medium for my dog (the review above), and can stuff a ruffwear sleeping bag inside, no problem. You just want to make sure you weight your dog incrementally... you don't want to load her up with 3 days worth of stuff if she's never carried a pack before. Anyway, you could easily fit 6 cups of food in one side of the medium, so you'd have no issue. If you're taking her out for the first time I'd stuff your puffy or something like that in the pack (also, make sure it's weighted evenly, if it's not it's hilarious but really hard for the dog to walk!).

    Everyone loves Otis with his pack on

    Everyone loves Otis with his pack on

    Our go-to pack for our crazy dogs

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Our Airedale (XL), has had this pack for years now (His picture is somewhere down on this thread). He's chased deer, rolled in it, been through scrub oak, sage, etc, and it has yet to even have a hole in it. Introduce his little sister 4 years later, and we decide it's time she needs to carry her own stuff. She's a Welsh terrier, significantly smaller but with 10x the energy. We ordered her a small, and it fits her great. She wasn't particularly happy about it, we just make sure to not overload her pack and keep it balanced. Happy trails! Woof Woof!

    Recommended for any active dog

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I often dream of my dogs making coffee for me on Sunday mornings. Since that seems unlikely, having them carry their supplies on hikes and backpacking trips is the next best thing. Our dogs are a 45 lb Australian Shepherd (L) and a 18 lb Dachshund Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher mix (XS) and these packs fit them perfectly. With a free range of motion these packs don't weigh the dogs down and carry food, water and small odds and ends. Make sure once your pup has the pack on snugly that all straps are tied away to insure you don't have any snags. Bonus: Everyone on the trail thinks your dog is somehow even more cute now

    Recommended for any active dog

    Love/Hate Relationship

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Our 90lb husky/lab/shepherd used the L/XL on hundreds of miles of trails, and it was so big, I was often tempted to pack too much into it. Tanner hated to carry his food, bed, and eventually all our trash. I loved to let him carry it. He stopped wearing it when he turned 11 and any amount of weight on his back was obviously causing him hip pain. The pack travelled through rock fields, mud, muskeg, snow, ice, loads of rain, and after years of abuse it still looks pretty good. I did have to do some re-stitching where the saddlebags attach to the harness, but that was from our dog getting himself wedged between two trees and yanking himself out. I would recommend this pack, and warn the user not to overload your precious pooch.

    Mans best friend.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Whats better than having the pup out in the woods all weekend with ya when backpacking?

    Having the pup out in the woods all weekend with ya while CARRYING HIS OWN GEAR.



    The pack is great. It hold a few days of food and treats, along with his bed and a sleeping fleece vest. Its also fairly waterproof....found this out after a quick jaunt into a pond to chase some birds. The straps offer plenty of adjustment and once all dialed in, its like he doesn't even know he is carrying it.

    Mans best friend.

    Sweeeet Pack Dawg

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Be careful when putting this pack on your dog as it will increase how adorable your pooch is by at least 2x. My dog is about 50lbs and I got him a Medium - It fits awesome. I would say this will fit a dog from 40-60 lbs.

    Sweeeet Pack Dawg

    Can you unattach the bags from the harness and use the harness by itself for small walks?

    Hello! I have a 7 month old Catahoula mix that is measuring in at 29.5 inches right now. Should I size up expecting him to fill out or go for a medium?

    Thanks!

    I have a Collie X Jack Russell here in New Zealand. I measured his girth for a backpack and he is right on the border between XS and S i.e. 55 cm - Which size should I go for? Thanks

    Best Answer

    It says the XS is good for a dog whose girth, measured at the widest point around it's ribcage, is between 17 - 24inches. Therefore, if your dog is done growing, and it's girth is measured at 55cm, or right under 22inches, I would say to go with the XS.

    Hope this helped.

    What size should I use for a 9 1/2 lb Jack...

    What size should I use for a 9 1/2 lb Jack Russell Terrier?

    Unanswered Question

    I think the sizing chart listed on Backcountry...

    I think the sizing chart listed on Backcountry may be off. The sizing chart provided on the Ruffwear Approach Pack tag states that



    XXS: 13-17''

    XS: 17-22''

    S: 22-27''

    M: 27-32''

    L/XL: 32-42''

    I think the sizing chart listed on Backcountry...

    my dog is 27"and weighs 38 lbs. she's a...

    my dog is 27"and weighs 38 lbs. she's a medium sized dog. should I go with small or medium?

    Best Answer

    Hey Jordan, thanks for your question. According to the sizing chart on Ruffwear's site your dog is right at the boarder of S and M. I would suggest to go with the size M, the straps are very adjustable and will make the fit great. Here is there the link to Ruffwear's page, just click the size;

    http://www.ruffwear.com/Approach-Pack-Dog-Pack