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Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack

$79.95

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    • Pacific Blue, XXS
      $79.95
    • Pacific Blue, XS
      $79.95
    • Pacific Blue, S
      $79.95
    • Pacific Blue, M
      $79.95
    • Campfire Orange, XXS
      $79.95
    • Campfire Orange, XS
      $79.95
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      $79.95
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    Details

    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

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    Dog mule status!

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

    The ruffware pack that we bought for our dog was generally wonderful. We took her on a 7 mile in 5.5 mile out backpacking trip. She carried about 5 lbs. and had no problems with it. The pack fits her well and distributes the weight evenly. It is nice so she can carry her own food and water, if necessary, freeing up space/weight in our packs for other items. It also has a nice loop for the leash as we were coming back to population and wanted to keep her close. There is also a nice handle to help her over large logs or debris that she would not be able to clear by herself. The one downside is the straps under her front legs seemed to rub a little. But she was no worse for ware, but I will be cautious the next time we go that distance or farther. All in all it was a great purchase and was exactly what we expected it to be.

    Great Doggie Pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought two of these for my dog, Shiloh. One a small and a medium she grew from the small into the medium and it is the only pack she really likes to wear. It synches down well and can hold up to 5 days worth of kibble(she uses kibble and freeze dried patties) The only downside of this pack is I have to make sure to pack everything really well because I can't take off the bags when she goes for an inpromptu swim on trail.

    No more hauling his gear!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this pack and so does Potter! I got this for my roommate's dog so that he could haul his own food and water on our climbing trips. There is plenty of room for a day or two's worth of water, food, and treats. The pack also acts like a harness with a great leash point and carry handle just in case your pup needs help over something, or if you need to hold on to them tightly.

    Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this pack or any other dog gear on our site.

    No more hauling his gear!

    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

    Hi, My name is Bodhi. I am two years old. I wear size medium, It fits me well. This is the best Pack I have 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!

    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