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Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack


    Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack

    With excellent fit and functionality, the Ruffwear Approach dog pack is perfect for day or weekend adventures. Discover the joy of hiking with your furry, 4-legged friend! See details

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    With excellent fit and functionality, the Ruffwear Approach dog pack is perfect for day or weekend adventures. Discover the joy of hiking with your furry, 4-legged friend!

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    With excellent fit and functionality, the Ruffwear Approach dog pack is perfect for day or weekend adventures. Discover the joy of hiking with your furry, 4-legged friend!

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    With excellent fit and functionality, the Ruffwear Approach dog pack is perfect for day or weekend adventures. Discover the joy of hiking with your furry, 4-legged friend!

    • Trim saddlebag design moves easily with dog's body, allowing easy navigation through dense woods
    • Harness improves load distribution, support and stability; padded, 5-point design adjusts for maximum comfort
    • Padded assistance handle allows you to help your dog through those tough spots on the trail; a leash can be attached to sturdy D-ring (leash sold separately)
    • Reflective trim enhances low-light visibility
    • The Ruffwear Approach dog pack is made with durable, water-resistant nylon; coated zippers help protect contents from moisture

    Sizing is based on girth. For girth, measure around the widest part of your dog's rib cage.

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    Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack Specs
    Best use
    13 - 17 inches17 - 22 inches22 - 27 inches27 - 32 inches32 - 42 / 13 - 17 / 17 - 22 / 22 - 27 / 27 - 32 inches
    2 liter5 liter9 liter12 liter16 / 2 / 5 / 9 / 12 liter
    122 cubic inches305 cubic inches549 cubic inches732 cubic inches976 cubic inches
    2 main compartments2 main compartments2 main compartments2 main compartments2 main compartments
    8.2 x 5.1 x 3.7 inches9.8 x 5.9 x 4.1 inches11.8 x 7.5 x 4.7 inches12.6 x 8.25 x 4.7 inches14.9 x 10 x 5.3 / 8.2 x 5.1 x 3.7 / 9.8 x 5.9 x 4.1 / 11.8 x 7.5 x 4.7 / 12.6 x 8.25 x 4.7 inches
    11.5 ounces14.5 ounces1 lb. 2 oz.1 lb. 4 oz.1 lb. 7 oz.
    Fits dogs
    Gear capacity (L)
    Gear capacity (cu. in.)
    Number of exterior pockets

    Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack

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    Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack is rated 4.6364 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing pack!! This pack is an amazing dog pack. My husband and I bought one for each of our dogs. We have a husky and a wolf hybrid that both love to hike. Initially we thought they may not like the packs, but they are so comfortable and our dogs love them. In fact whenever we touch the packs both dogs come running.These packs are perfect if you are going for a walk with some weight or are off for a weekend of hiking and camping.
    Date published: 2014-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed We chose the Approach over the Palisades because the price difference was substantial and the Approach was more than good enough. The Palisades does have an extra pocket or two, comes with hydration reservoirs, and seems to have more water-resistant zippers. That said, the Approach is well-designed, seems durable, and should suit most people's needs. We have a ~55 pound lab mix who is very active and went with a medium sized pack. You definitely should bring your dog in to try multiple sizes, you may be surprised which fits your dog best. Specs list 2 main pockets but there are 2 smaller ones as well so you have 4 total compartments for organization. The total capacity is ample, and we fit 4 days of her food, a few toys, and water with room to spare. As you would expect, it's best to make sure the weight is balanced properly so the bags hang evenly. There are several different adjustment points and padding in all the proper places to ensure a good fit and comfort. Small straps that secure the bags to the large belly strap can be unbuckled so you can move the bags out of the way when connecting the main strap/buckle. Overall getting it on and off is easy. However, one minor complaint is that getting the pack on requires fitting one of the dog's legs through a loop which can be annoying; one extra buckle would have fixed the problem (minor issue barely worth mentioning). Our pup didn't mind wearing the pack at all as we hiked (of course she was glad to have it off at the end). She was able to sit and stand with the bags on. The handle is well designed and sturdy, as is the "D-ring" for attaching a leash. Either of these points can also be used to hang the pack from the ground at night (this was handy for us for both dog and people food). The zipper ties are color coded so you can tell the left side of the pack from the right. We have only taken the pack on one trip so far. It was a multi-day backpacking trip in mountain terrain with lots of elevation change, dirt, rock, snow. The dog was able to negotiate all of the terrain and the pack held up well. We are very happy with this purchase. Ruffwear seems to make mostly good products, we also have a few of their dog toys.
    Date published: 2014-03-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Dog Pack This 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: 2014-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical and useful I use this pack with my dog when we do long day hikes. She took to wearing the pack with no problem. She carries a 600ml water bottle on each side, along with a collapsable water bowl, snacks and pooh bags.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, doesn't slow the dog down Got 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Rad I 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: 2014-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Purchase I 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: 2014-03-22

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