Approach Pack

  • Day or Overnight Bag

    An all-around backpack for the canine community. The Ruffwear Approach Pack™ is ideal for day hikes or overnight adventures. Radial cut saddlebags create a passive compression system that is form fitting. Its harness frame allows for an even, balanced load to prevent the saddlebags from shifting during movement along varied terrain. Lightweight materials, streamlined design, padding and 5 points of adjustment ensure a custom and comfortable fit!

    Pack and stash all canine equipment, i.e. food, water, bowls, boots, and coat, in the Ruffwear Approach Pack - and you're good to go!

    TIPS: For best results, use the girth measurement. Start with only a few items and slowly add more as your pooch becomes accustomed to the load. Please ensure your dog carries no more than 25% of their body weight in their dog pack.

    • Customizable fit with five points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
    • Two leash attachment points: single-piece, anodized aluminum V-ring and webbing loop
    • Padded handle and non-slip girth straps offer good load dispersion for controlled and comfortable lifting
    • Trail-ready details: stash pockets and external gear loops
    • Radial cut, weight-forward saddlebag design creates passive compression that stabilizes pack contents
    • Harness suspension system provides stability, comfort and fit
    • Made in Vietnam
  • Dog's Girth

    Measurement around widest part of rib cage

    XS 43-56 cm (17-22 in)

    S 56-69 cm (22-27 in)

    M 69-81 cm (27-32 in)

    L/XL 81-107 cm (32-42 in)

    In between sizes: Choose the smallest size

    Weight & Capacity

    XS 0.36 kg (0.80 lb) / 6 L

    S 0.48 kg (1.05 lb) / 12.5 L

    M 0.52 kg (1.15 lb) / 14.5 L

    L/XL0.59 kg (1.30 lb) / 24 L

    Download the Ruffwear Packs Fit Guide to find the right size pack for your dog!

    • Secure fasteners
    • Hand wash
    • Mild detergent
    • Air dry

    5 out of 5 *****
    Dog's Name: Bobby
    Date of Review: 4/25/2016
    We kick up our paws in: North Carolina
    My canine companion(s): Pitt/Lab Mix

    Great for packing dog essentials!

    Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

    I use this pack to carry all my dogs essentials on almost every hike(long and short) we go on. If we are in difficult terrain it makes it easy to pick them up. My other dog Lucy even hiked the Appalachian Trail with it and it will hold up for as many miles as you need. We put over 2000 on it in 2014.

    5 out of 5 *****
    Dog's Name: Rowan
    Date of Review: 4/23/2016
    We kick up our paws in: Oregon
    My canine companion(s): Alaskan Husky

    Fantastic overnight backpacking pack

    Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

    My dog wears the Approach pack on overnight backpacking trips, and it's perfect! He can carry all his gear: my homemade first aid bag, two liters of water, the small Knot a Leash, a 30' long leash for the campsite, his Quencher bowl, two kibble meals, an extra small camping towel, doggie bags, and a small square fleece blanket just big enough to curl up with at night. He doesn't mind it on, and gets an extra workout while looking handsome!

    5 out of 5 *****
    Dog's Name: Finntin
    Date of Review: 1/3/2016
    We kick up our paws in: Georgia/Alabama currently
    My canine companion(s): Jack Russell Terriers

    High Quality, Durable

    Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

    We wanted something that would last, fit well. and be easy to use. This is all of those things. Finntin will go off roading from the trail and even get stuck, forgetting how wide he is with his cargo, and the pack handles the wear well, doesn't look used at all. Super easy to attach a leash if need be, or pick him up without him sliding around. Pack stays in place and he does not seem to mind it at all. It will also last forever I think, which is exactly what we like to purchase, 1 thing that will last a long time. Looking to get our other Jack Russell this one, but may get a different one for Finn (he's the muscles of the two ;) ) and give this one to Ruby.

    5 out of 5 *****
    Dog's Name: Winston
    Date of Review: 12/15/2015
    We kick up our paws in: Southern Oregon
    My canine companion(s): Vizsla


    Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

    This pack is perfect! At first I was worried it would be too small but it was perfect! Great for packing water and food for our overnight hike/camping trips, and I use it to carry all of Winston's toys and collapsible food bowls when we take road trips!

    5 out of 5 *****
    Dog's Name: Ben
    Date of Review: 11/28/2015
    We kick up our paws in: North Carolina
    My canine companion(s): St Bernard / Husky mix

    Freakin Awesome!

    Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

    Well made, durable material, waterproof, lots of attachment points, harness system is awesome, reflective piping is a huge plus. I'm thrilled with this pack and actually returned a prior purchase from Mountainsmith.

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