Ruffwear 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.

  • 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.
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Trail Dog!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing. Saves space in my pack that used to be filled with dog food and having our super energetic dog carry some weight tires her out (at least a LITTLE bit).

Another Great Pack From Ruffwear

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is a great day hiker pack for the ol pup. Did take a bit of adjusting to get the pack on there alright. One thing I did notice is the size scaling is a bit different from the website to the card on the actual pack. Just make sure to double check you are buying the right size. :) Happy Hiking!

Nice pack

    Nice pack with padding on the straps for extra cushion. Seems to fit well even with the differences in the sizing that comes on the pack and what is on the website.

    High quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This pack is perfect! For a long time we had a cheap knock-off pack for my GSD. Unfortunately, the quality was lacking and it refused to stay in place. It needed constant adjusting and did not seem to be very comfortable for my dog. We finally picked up the Ruffwear pack and it is worth every penny. It is clearly constructed much better and with quality materials. It has a lot more structure and stays in place. Once adjusted, the straps did not loosen up, and my dog sure appreciates the padding on the straps! My dog is 64 lbs with a pretty slim/lanky build and a medium fits her great. The size chart worked well for us, so I would recommend measuring your dog before ordering. Overall we are super impressed with the quality of this pack, and my dog seems to like it a lot better as well.

    After some adjusting, works well

      Finally got the chance to take this for a spin with our adventure pup. The back sizing strap seems to come loose and needed adjusting several times. Other than that though, fit well once adjusted and she was happy with it. We had a good time hiking the Guadalupe River in Texas!

      After some adjusting, works well

      Thanks for the review! Gorgeous pup!

      Great pack!

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I ordered the Approach and the Palisades dog packs as I wasn't sure which one would be best. I am actually returning the Approach bag, but I have to say it's not because it isn't a great bag.

      Things I love about the Approach:
      *The Approach is a VERY beautiful color; I'm super in love with it.
      *It holds a ton of stuff, (about the same volume as the Palisades)
      *The same sturdy harness system as the Palisades
      *Great quality and construction
      *Nice reflective piping and two storage sections per bag
      *Great fit and lots of adjustability

      The only reason I chose the Palisades dog bag over the Approach:
      1) I super love that you can remove the bags from the harness (The bags don't come off the Approach.)

      2) I live in the PNW, where it rains literally 8 months out of the year, so the water proof zippers are a nice bonus, (though ruffwear does make a nice waterproof cover you can put over the pack.)

      3) I love that the Palisades has an extra interior pouch that you can put the water pouches in (The Approach does not come with two water pouches for your pooch like the Palasades does.)

      Honestly, I think both the Palisades and the Approach packs are really great bags and you can't go wrong with either of them. If the Approach bag had removable bags from the harness, I actually would have chose it over the Approach, as I reeeally reeeally do love the color of the Approach bag.

      I purchased the size medium and small to try on my 50 lb pit/boxer/something mix as he's sort of between sizes being a leggy, skinny boy. The small fit, but didn't leave any room for my two year old to grow as the stomach straps were maxed out. The medium allowed for ample room for him to get fatter, or possibly fill out more, (he's two.) I kept the size medium.

      Great pack!
      Unanswered Question

      What would be an appropriate size for a 20-22 lb. Boston Terrier, with a 22-23 inch chest girth? I am assuming a small, unless the sizes run small. The manufacturer suggests a small. It is hard because he is borderline between 2 sizes.

      Here's Nibbler!

      Not much to add. Great pack. Medium fits my 55 lb pit mix. Also, here's a pic because he's pretty awesome.

      Here's Nibbler!

      Awesome review, Patrick! Love the photo.

      Phil Loves His New Pack!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Our dog Phil loves this backpack! It fits really well and also kind of works as a harness. He loves feeling like part of the team, even if he's just carrying rocks.

      Phil Loves His New Pack!

      Pull their own weight!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased this pack for my pup for hiking, skiing and backpacking trips. We put it to good use on a 3 day backpacking trip where Mika was able to carry her own food. It carried about 6 cups of food on each side. Mika is a 50 lb, 26 in girth, and the size Medium fits her great! The pack stayed put even after a swim and a roll in the grass. When we loaded up her pack for the hike out, she sat next to it until I put the pack on her - she was so excited to wear it again!

      Gives the Pup a Job

        My friend's boxer loves this pack. The dog now packs in and out all of his own food and water.

        Sister's pup with the pack

        Sister's pup with the pack

        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.

        In the Cohutta Wilderness

        This was only the second time out with his pack. He gets excited when I pull it out to put it on him, he knows that we're going on a hike.

        In the Cohutta Wilderness

        Roy,

        Thanks for the review and picture!

        best regards,
        Ethan

        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.

        Our Doggy loves it!

          Had to replace our old one was stolen by a raccoon, this has worked out great! She's smaller than your average American bulldog, short legs, 50lbs. Plenty of room for her water, food and bowls.

          Our Doggy loves it!

          Great backpack

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          We love using this for the dog! It is easy to use. Our dog carries hours own treats and water on hikes now.

          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!

          Perfect.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Works great. My dog Bailey loves being put to work. Fits two collapsible bowls, water, and food with room to spare. I highly recommend this to anyone who backpacks with a dog.

          Perfect.

          someone to carry my extra layers....

          someone to carry my extra layers....

          Majestic!