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Details

  • 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

Imported.

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

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Specs

Best Use Hiking
Gear Capacity (L)
XXS
2 liter
XS
5 liter
S
9 liter
M
12 liter
L/XL
16 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
XXS
122 cubic inches
XS
305 cubic inches
S
549 cubic inches
M
732 cubic inches
L/XL
976 cubic inches
Number of Exterior Pockets 2 main compartments
Material(s) Nylon
Dimensions
XXS
8.2 x 5.1 x 3.7 inches
XS
9.8 x 5.9 x 4.1 inches
S
11.8 x 7.5 x 4.7 inches
M
12.6 x 8.25 x 4.7 inches
L/XL
14.9 x 10 x 5.3 inches
Weight
XXS
11.5 ounces
XS
14.5 ounces
S
1 lb. 2 oz.
M
1 lb. 4 oz.
L/XL
1 lb. 7 oz.
Fits Dogs
XXS
13 - 17 inches
XS
17 - 22 inches
S
22 - 27 inches
M
27 - 32 inches
L/XL
32 - 42 inches
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for holding doggy essentials I have a Jack Russell Terrier and I purchased a size Small. I just had to adjust the straps that it came with so the bag will not be moving from side to side while we are hiking. This made everything easier because I was able to put the lighter items (i.e. plastic bags to pick up after my dog, dog food, extra body harness, food/water bowl) and I would carry all the heavier items. The handle that is at the top of the harness made carrying my dog from one spot to another if she couldn't make the jump or was chasing after things that she shouldn't be. The way that the straps are underneath are made so when I carry my dog, she is fully supported across the entire way.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome dog pack My 70lb Golden Lab has had this pack for 2 years now. It's comfortable, fits him well, there are several pockets for both large and small items, it's well built, and Ruffwear customer service is great. I really liked that when we got it, REI staff came out to our car to help fit him correctly. I've also had to use this pack to help lower my dog down a big ledge, that was too big for him to jump. I also really like the handle on the top in case I need to pick him up, or again, lower him with ropes. He's never had any rubbing issues. The pack has gotten wet several times from our water bottle opening and him swimming with it, and it dries fairly quickly depending on the temp outside. My dog and I both HIGHLY recommend it! :)
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised by sizing, great fit and quality We've been looking for a pack for our 2 year old 55 lb pitbull. The small fits her perfectly (originally thought she would need a medium, as all her other jackets and harnesses are), but after a quick trip to exchange medium for small, it's fits great and doesn't shift around. We're still waiting to get her up hiking in it, but she's gotten more comfortable with the fit and feel. Initial build quality appears to be great, much more comfortable with this pack than similar products from other brands. She seems pretty excited whenever we get it out of the closet!
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for short or long hikes Extremely 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
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: 2013-06-03
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: 2013-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Now he can carry his own water... I got a pack for my Great Dane a year ago after loading up my own bag once with water for him. The L/XL fits him well, although he's almost to the max on each strap. He's probably about 150 lbs. The pockets are large and can hold several water bottles, as well as some treats and baggies and his collapsible dish. I started using the collapsible bottles so I can take his whole pack and put it in mine once the water is gone. He acts the same whether the pack is on or off, but if it's hot I figure at least one of us can be more comfortable. The only time it hindered him was when we were rock hopping downhill (2nd pic) and he was hesitant to hop because he felt off balance. I took the pack for him and immediately fell down some rocks. The handle has come in very handy at the end of a hike when I need a little boost up a hill! And after wearing it for dozens of miles, it's still in great condition. And there have been no rub issues at all. The only changes I would like are more buckles. It'd be nice if I didn't have to get him to put his leg through the straps when he's all excited to get his hike on. Also if the individual packs could be removable I could leave the handle there for my own use without him having the floppy empty packs. But I realize the buckles are less strong than good old stitching so maybe those changes failed prototype testing. I only wish they made a pack for my 10 lb Papillon so he could share the load a little... PS I only took off their leashes for these photos...
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes weight out of my pack I was surprised to find that a small fit my 60 lb. pit bull. She liked wearing it,and it helped me out by taking the weight of her food and water out of my backpack.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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My dog is between sizes. He is right at 32 inches. Do I get the M or L/XL for him?

Asked by: Sleepyten
Based on your dogs measurements, we would recommend the L/XL size in the Approach Dog Pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-24

My dog is 31 inches.  It says that I should go with medium.  However, he is not shaped like a regular dog.  After his ribcage he stays the same size.  So I wonder about the back strap.  Is it also going to be 31 inches?

Asked by: Lovemytraildog
Based on the information you provided, the Approach Dog Pack in a medium should be a good fit. The belly band on the pack has a very wide adjustment range.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

My dog is right at the 27 mark, should I go with a small or medium pack?

Asked by: Violetdog
We recommend going with the medium in the Approach Dog Pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-29

Where should I measure my dog?  I have a golden retriever about 85-90 lbs.

Asked by: Girlie
Sizing is based on girth. For girth, measure around the widest part of your dog's rib cage.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-07

How do I place it on the dog? I do not see a clasp in front. The head and front legs go through the loop? Can any one show a picture?

Asked by: Womankind
​We do not have that information available. We encourage you to contact the vendor Ruffwear.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-29

Does REI carry this in blue?

Asked by: meg416
​We did carry the Pacific Blue, but this color has been discontinued.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-29

Can the saddle bags be removed, leaving just the harness?

Asked by: Calanm
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