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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack for my pup! I initially bought this pack in a medium for my 70lb 15 month-old black lab, but it was pretty snug with NO room to grow. I returned it and bought a large/XL, which fits fine. He loves hiking and hauling some gear. I usually pack 2 liters of water, a water bowl, and some snacks and poo bags for day hiking. I haven't tried backpacking with it yet, but it seems like there is plenty of room for more food, etc. It seems like it's pretty sturdy and when it got really muddy, I just hosed it off without any problem. I definitely recommend this pack for active dogs that enjoy being out in the woods!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Pack & Customer Service Terrific I originally purchased the Small Approach pack for my beagle. While the straps fit great, the pack hung too low to the ground, and kept hitting every rock my dog went over on the trail. I returned the small pack to REI and ordered an XS to gain clearance. Now the straps were fully extended and pinching my dog across the belly. The REI employees suggested I contact Ruffwear about the issue. And Ruffwear, after I sent them pictures of my dog in the pack and the issue area, immediately created a belly extension strap to make the pack fit my dog properly (and they didn't charge me)! I will keep buying this brand for my dog when I get such great customer service.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes my dog feel more like a member of the pack! My dog loved wearing a pack just like the rest of us for our hike! She carried her own water, and it was plenty roomy for two water bottles, a bowl, and treats. It is well-balanced, and the leash hook is appropriately placed. While you can access the dog's harness through the opening on the back, there was actually more control using the integrated leash ring. We also had no trouble lifting all 35 pounds of dog off the ground when we needed to, and it didn't bother Lucy at all, so the weight distribution among the straps when appropriately cinched is spot-on. Love it!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Pointer Loves It I got this for my 60-65 pound Pointer. He loves it, once I get it on him. I got it for backpacking with him. He has his own sleeping bag which fits in one of the large pockets and his food goes in the other. My only complaint is that he is in between sizes. The medium is a little small and the large is a little big. I did end up keeping the large for when he is in his winter weight he can still use it. It doesn't seem to bother his when it's fully loaded (about 5-7 pounds). Overall I would definitely say it was a good investment!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like sending your kid to school! This backpack is perfect! First and only model I'll get for my dog. I struggles finding one big enough for his shoulders and this did it.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comfort for your dog while backpacking bought this for my dog for her first backpacking trip. she weighs 70 lbs small boned lab, large fit fine. didn't try medium but maybe would have fit but didn't have time for exchanges. it seemed very comfortable for her loaded with 10 lbs + nice to hookn leash to so didn't pull around her throat. very pleased.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy hiking dog I bought a L/XL for my 65-70 lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever with a broad chest, and it fits well though a bit large. The M was too snug. I wish there was an "in-between" size, as the M is too snug and the L/XL had to be cinched as snug as it goes, and still seems a little bulky. It easily carries 2 L of water, portable dog bowl, treats, and waste bags & accessories. When full, it protrudes out from the sides which can scrape against shrubs on narrow paths.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hikes allow her to carry her own h2o Per the recommendation of our dog trainer we were on the hunt to find the perfect k9 backpack and we did.
Date published: 2017-07-15
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Questions & Answers

my dog is 54 pounds do I get m or l/xl?

Asked by: joanne
Sizing for this pack is based on the dog's chest size. Please use the chest sizes listed in the specs to find the best fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-12

Is it waterproof? 

Asked by: Jackieq14
​This dog pack is not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-11

Is this compatible with the Ruffwear Core Cooler insert?

Asked by: DChiker
This is compatible with the Ruffwear Core Cooler.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-24

My pup is 50lbs with a 27in chest. Any recommendations on size?

Asked by: mkennedy
Based on the measurements that you provided, we recommend size medium for your pup.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-23

Would the orange color be close enough to "blaze orange" to meet hunting requirements? 

Asked by: Harold
​We are unable to confirm this color will meet the color requirements for hunting gear.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-09

My dogs are 32 and 33. Should I order a Large for both?

Asked by: Sabre
We recommend a large for both dogs' chest sizes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-24

what is the difference in this "approach" pack and the $80 approach pack?

Asked by: Ariel
​These are the same packs with the exception of the color combination.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-07

My dog is a Leonberger.  He's close to 150 lbs.  Is an extra large big enough for him?

Asked by: Ann S
​We recommend measuring your dog's girth and comparing to the size chart for the most accurate fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-19
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