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Approach Dog Pack

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.

  • Let your high-energy pooch carry their own supplies
  • Padded handle to grab your pup like a duffel bag
  • Webbing or V-ring leash attachment options
  • 5 point customizable fit with suspension system for comfort
  • Weight-forward saddlebag design stabilizes contents
  • Stash pockets and external gear loops for odds and ends
  • Item #RUF002D

Volume
[x-small] 6L (366cu in), [small] 12.5L (733cu in), [medium] 14.5L (885cu in), [large/x-large] 24L (1465cu in)
Claimed Weight
[x-small] 12.8oz, [small] 1lb 0.8oz, [medium] 1lb 2.4oz, [large/x-large] 1lb 4.8oz
Recommended Use
hiking & camping, casual
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 4

Great pack for overnight trip

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L/XL
Weight
65 lbs

Used this pack for my ~65 lbs lab mix for a 4 day/3 night backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail and was very pleased. My pup also got LOTS of compliments. Pros: - Plenty of room to hold 4 days worth of her food, a little bit of water, her collapsible bowl and poop bags. Since this was her first multi-night trip, I only had her carry approximately 5 lbs of her own stuff but there was definitely lots of extra of room in the pockets. - easy to adjust so it fit her properly and the straps stayed in place once adjusted - I appreciated the smaller top pockets for easy access to her water bowl during breaks - it did not rub her or slide around too much (but keep an eye out because other reviews mention rubbing/chaffing in their dog's armpit area) - generally well made and quality material Cons: - It is not water proof (I put her food inside of dry bags since shes a lab and loves to lay in the water) - stomach straps had a lot of excess strap (I ended up having to tie and tuck the excess fabric under the buckles multiple times so the excess wasn't hanging down by her feet. Maybe could have done the medium?) - the pack did shift to one side if pockets were not properly balanced but that was pretty easy to remedy

Used
>Rating: 4

Function Meets Fashion

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XS
Weight
22 lbs

I was looking for a large storage bag for a small dog and there were not many choices. Luckily I found RuffWear. Not only does it have ample storage, she did not seem too bothered to wear it and she received compliments for weeks on the trail. I was able to store about 5 days worth of food for our 80+ mile trip. It held up well to her brush scramblings while chasing down chipmunks and marmots. I can say that it’s not water proof, but if Eevee were to cross streams, wade in lakes, or roll in saturated snow, there was only a faint dampness. Full disclosure, she usually only gets her belly wet. Granted, it is still in its first month of service so I expect with more wear will result in less protection from elements, but that is why I bought the rain cover. If I was to change one thing, it would be the ease of adjusting the straps. You should only need to adjust a few times in the beginning while figuring out what works for your dog, but if you’re dogs weight/size fluctuates, this could be a frustrating task. Maybe I was doing it wrong...

I
>Rating: 4

Function Meets Fashion

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XS
Weight
22 lbs

I was looking for a large storage bag for a small dog and there weren’t many choices. Luckily I found RuffWear. Not only does it have ample storage, she didn’t seem too bothered to wear it and she received compliments for day’s on the trail. I was able to store about 5 day’s worth of food for our 80+ mile trip. It held up well to her brush scramblings while chasing down chipmunks and marmots. I can say that it’s not water proof, but if Eevee were to cross streams, wade in lakes, or roll in saturated snow, there was only a faint dampness. Full disclosure, she usually only gets her belly wet. Granted, it’s still in it’s first month of service so I expect with more wear will result in less protection from elements, but that’s why I bought the rain cover. If I was to change one thing, it would be the ease of adjusting the straps. You should only need to adjust a few times in the beginning while figuring out what works for your dog, but if you’re dogs weight/size fluctuates, this could be a frustrating task. Maybe I was doing it wrong...

I
>Rating: 5

Awesome adventure pack

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This pack is great for the adventures my pup and I go on. My boy Howard isn’t too aware that he has saddle bags on him so he usually goes tearing through all sorts of bushes and for the past 6 months, it’s held up super well! No rips or tears to be found. The saddle bags hold up to light rain and snow, but any rain shower longer than 15 minutes, I’d say you’re going to get seepage through the zippers. This is a great pack for 2-3 day trips, Holds food and water and even poops if you need to organize it like that. you just have to carry bedding for your dog or figure a way to strap it to the top of the pack. I also have two collapsible 1.5 liter water bottles that I will fill up and throw in each side and take him on short 4 miles hikes so that he gets worn down a bit and it makes him think he’s got some sort of task. Like adventure pup extraordinaire. He’s got hearding breed in him so it helps with that. He’s got a lot of fur around his belly so the straps don’t dig in on him or do much rubbing. Maybe look at possible rubbing locations with the pack on your pup before taking them out on a long trip. But liked this pack so much, I just bought another in green for my pup that we adopted a few months ago. He’s 56 lbs and he wears a medium.

This
>Rating: 4

Great pack, but can dig into skin

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this pack for my girl and she gets excited when I pull it out. The pouches are great for storing most items I want her to carry ... food, bowls, toy, beer, but the larger things like a bed have to be strapped on top. That gets in the way of the handle and the leash loop, but generally when we are hiking she is off leash. Two items to be aware of ... first, the saddle bags are not water resistent, so make sure your items are in water proof bags or they are wet; and, second watch out for the chest strap digging into the skin around your dogs front arm pits. Their is no coverage on the strap and it can/will chaffe and be uncomfortable for your dog. I modified mine with a neoprene seat belt strap cover and its seemed to work well.

I
>Rating: 5

Working dog

Love love love this pack. My girl wears a Medium - Husky - 40 lbs She's been using this daily to carry water, food, and poo bags. Such a great product!

Love
>Rating: 5

Great fit

Nice pack for hiking and skiing

>Rating: 5

About time my pup carries her own weight

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is a great pack for backpacking trips with your dog. It's the perfect size for your pup to carry her food and stuff on the way in and your trash on the way out. It's easy to adjust to your pup's size, and i love how it supports their weight from below and has a big handle if you need to give them a boost while boulder hopping. After initial use I would say it is durable and stands up to your dog running through brush and pine trees while exploring the outdoors.

>Rating: 5

for our fury backpacker

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great build, my spaz attack of a clumsy dog hasn't destroyed it yet. Love the gear loops and the pockets on the top. Surprisingly spacious!

>Rating: 5

Ruff Stuff!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Love this doggy pack! It's durable (my dog hasn't destroyed it yet which is saying a lot) and can hold everything my pup needs for a day trip. I also love the adjust-ability of the pack - i can cinch it down to get the perfect fit for that lil' scruffball.

>Rating: 4

Let's my pup carry his own weight!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

It took about 5 minutes for my dog to get used to wearing this. It took us a couple of day hikes to figure out how to best fit it on him and how tight to make it so it wouldn't slide around. My dog doesn't let this pack deter him from running and prancing through trees. It is made of tough material, and plenty roomy to hold food and water for my dog. It's so nice to have! My dog is 40 pounds and the medium fits him great!

It
>Rating: 5

Game Changer

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

My dog has so much Ruffwear it's ridiculous, but my dog and I both LOVE this pack. It's incredibly functional for hiking and backcountry adventures. Not only is it the typical high-quality harness you'd expect from Ruffwear, but it's capable of holding a lot. On our adventures, my dog typically carries 2 liters of water, poop bags, some (not all) of his food, treats, collapsible bowls, and paw wax, with room to spare. Be prepared - other hikers will also marvel at your dog as it's definitely a conversation starter.

My
>Rating: 5

Woodrow has been miles with this pack.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

We've taken this pack on long hikes and backpacks for the last few years with our pup. He is off leash and bounding through the woods chasing squirrels the whole time and the pack holds up. I love that there is a handle on it. When we need to help Woodrow over an obstacle we can use the handle to give him a boost which is easier than trying to pick up a 70 lb dog. With anything ruffwear - read the sizing guides and take the time to measure your dog! It will make your life easier and ensure you get the right product the first time.

>Rating: 5

Takes the weight off me!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

My Alaskan Husky has energy for days!!! She carries her own water and food now like nothing!! She is not bothered by it nor does it slow her down. And now I don't have to carry around the extra weight while backpacking.

>Rating: 5

Make Fido Carry His Own Weight

I love having this for my dog! It makes backpacking trips that much easier to have her carry her own food and water!. On shorter hikes I'll have her wear it and carry my water, phone, etc so I can hike without a pack.

>Rating: 5

Great for my dog!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The pack fit great and can hold pretty much whatever you need! After a couple walks, my dog could have cared less about it being on. Very good quality!

>Rating: 1

STRAP FAILURE

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

APPROACH Ruffwear pack – strap FAILURE We are now on our third Approach pack, as the chest strap suffered failure on the first two. Ruffwear is convinced my Diabetic Alert Dog chewed the strap, but I am convinced it was material failure. My dog is never in his pack when not attended and monitored. Plus he can’t reach the failure area to chew it. DO NOT BUY ANY RUFFWEAR PRODUCTS, as they are not willing to look into issues with their products.

>Rating: 5

Bought another

Adopted a new buddy and outfitted him with his own pack (green). Pup in the back of the photo has had his about a year now, dragged through and up slot canyons, backpacking and carrying own mat, and holding my wallet, coat, snacks, and flask when out on the town. Both are border/heeled mutts, around 40 - 50 lbs; the small fits perfect.

Adopted
>Rating: 5

perfect pack

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought a size small for my boarder collie mutt (he's on the large side of border collies) and it fits great. Perfect size for him to haul his food and bed mat on a backpacking trip. The pack is also great for town walks when you don't want to carry your own wallet or flask. This pack has been through quite a bit and did well with hauling the pup through some canyoneering problems.

I
>Rating: 5

Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack

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

Just got this dog pack the other day and fitted it to my pup immediately. We have other ruffwear harnesses and the approach dog pack has lived up to what we have come to expect from ruffwear. Solid construction and lots of space for water, food, and treats. We can’t wait to take our pup on some overnights in the backcountry!

>Rating:

Looking for a pack for my 25lb beagle and 14lb terrier mix to wear on hikes and camping trips. Do you think this pack will be too big or bothersome for them?