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Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack
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Ruffwear Approach Dog Packis rated4.6364out of5by11.
Rated5out of5byPDXJENfromFinally, a pack that fits just right!After several years with the REI Ultra pack (loved it and it held up well), my dog finally just so-slightly outgrew the size small, and so I set out to find a pack with a slightly longer hind-quarters strap (otherwise his old pack fit just fine). I tried going up a size to the Medium REI pack, but it was ridiculously awkward and floppy on him. The Approach pack is the winner! For reference, he's a very active 56 lb border collie-aussie mix, and the small is just right for him. I say bring your dog with and try on the packs in the store if your local REI allows it, because though by all accounts my dog is a medium-sized dog, he looks ridiculous wearing all the medium packs out there. Proper fitting is absolutely the most important part, and you owe it to your best friend to make sure it's just right. That said, I am thrilled with this backpack, and judging by the way my dog was frollicking about on our long hike today, he loves it, too! It sits nicely on his back, doesn't flop around and after trying on so many, I really appreciate that the main pockets don't hang below his abdomen; I don't want to worry that it's restricting his movement and agility as we scramble up scree-fields and negotiate big rocks. After seeing him in action today, I am confident this is the pack for him! I do wish it had the mesh top like the REI packs have, because I worry slightly that it'll be too hot for him in the summer. I always bring extra water on hot days to pour on his dark fur, so it should be fine, but it is a slight concern. But I REALLY love that it has the little cloth rings along the top for lashing things to, a feature that's absent on the REI pack. He has a great little sleeping mat, and I am excited to be able to tie that onto his pack for our next backpacking trip! All in all, totally worth the cost.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated5out of5byDresfromExcellent for short or long hikesExtremely happy with this purchase. Be sure to measure your dog first! I was nervous that the bags on the small would be toot little to carry much but they are perfect. We put a 16oz bottle on each side with a collapsible dish. There is still more than enough room for us to add food and treats on longer hikes. Our dog (Chow Chow/German Shepherd) had no problem wearing this at all and doesn't mind it at all.
I find the straps are very easily adjusted and remain where I put them. A huge plus that they don't slip even after a while out!
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated5out of5byrylofromUnbelievably RadI went on a ten mile hike with my 5 month old australian shepherd who weighs about 32 pounds. He only carried his own food which was about four pounds. He didn't seem to mind the weight or the pack at all and was a trooper the entire time. I also use it a lot to have him pull me on my skateboard so I don't have to buy a separate harness.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated4out of5byTheRowdyDogfromGood PurchaseI originally bought an REI brand pack, but couldn't find a size that fit my dog. This was my second choice because it was more expensive, but I am happy with my purchase. We've only used it twice but so far I like it! The first time we used it on-leash on a trail, and my dog had no problem with it. The second time, we went on a slightly more difficult off-leash trail. My dog seemed to feel not as "free" as he usually is on that particular trail. I took the pack off for a while and then put it on him again, this time with the belly strap loosened. He seemed to be more comfortable but the pack would slip to one side or the other. I messed with it a few times and ended up having to put a rock in one side to keep it balanced. I think over time we will find the perfect fit. I love the color and it seems very well made.
Date published: 2013-11-16
Rated5out of5byhenry4fromMy dog loves it!Our Aussie took right to this pack she carries her things (food & water) and runs and jumps like nothing is on her back. Doesn't slow her a bit.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated4out of5byKavaKadofromWorks great, doesn't slow the dog downGot the size small for my 35 lb female mutt. The pack works great for her. She's worn it on multiple 3-8 mile dayhikes, and this summer she carried all her own supplies (food, bowl, .75L of water, wire lead to secure her in camp, rawhide to chew on, and camp towel) on two different 3-day backpacking trips. The weight (max around 6 lbs) never seems to bother her, and it barely slows her down or limits her already very high mobility. I thought we'd want a larger capacity pack, but it turns out we don't because she shouldn't carry more than 6 lbs and this pack holds all the gear that she needs at that weight. It's very durable and has held up well through lots of brushy and muddy trails. We also like the carry handle on the back, we use it to help her get over big logs and other obstacles.
Be sure you get the fit nice and snug so it doesn't flop around, and load it evenly.
Only complaints are that the fabric is not waterproof (we knew that going in and store everything in ziplocs, but still sometimes things get wet when she crosses streams), and that on our first multi-day trip we noticed she got some chafing and sores under her front armpits (legpits?). For the second trip we made sure to clean both the bag and the dog at the end of each day so she'd have less grit in there, and the chafing was lessened.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated4out of5byJSLfromWhy carry your own gear?Perfect for my hyperactive dog to work and burn off extra energy. I put water, rain gear or extra clothes, first aid kit, in it. If the packs were any bigger, I'd fear overloading the dog. Purposedly did not buy the waterproof one because of cost, but I wished the lower part of the bags had a waterproof lining because when she stands in water, the bottom half (and my stuff) gets wet.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated4out of5byHighCountryHikerfromNice Dog PackThis pack works well for my dog. She doesn't seem to mind wearing it, especially since she is out on the trail. Our dog weighs about 30 pounds. She is a small Border Collie, and the extra small size fits her well. She is near the upper limit for this size pack. When loaded, it stays pretty balanced side to side as long as you are careful to balance out the load. The only thing I would change would be the handle. It's only big enough for a couple fingers. It would be nice to get a full hand grip on it.
Date published: 2013-06-02
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