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Approach Pack™
full-day hiking
 5 (based on 73 reviews) | Write a Review
A great everyday pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality. The Approach Pack is ideal for day hikes or overnight adventures. The padded assistance handle and top-loading stash pockets are appreciated by humans, and lightweight construction and strategic padding keep canine sidekicks comfortable over the miles.

It's recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their dog pack. If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack.
  
  
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5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Marlee

Date of Review: 8/4/2015

We kick up our paws in: Idaho

My canine companion(s): German Shepherd

Great quality and fit

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This backpack is great! I recently took my dog on a 40 mile backpacking trip and she carried her own food, bowl, sleeping pad and first aid kit in this pack. The pack held up great, even when she decided to take a dip in the river, and as long as the packs were evenly weighted it stayed in place well. She seems to enjoy wearing the pack, I think she likes feeling like she has a job to do.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Aoife

Date of Review: 8/1/2015

We kick up our paws in: Massachusetts

My canine companion(s): Boxer/Great Dane mix

Simply amazing

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We've had this pack for quite a while now and have used it on numerous backpacking trips. It helps that she is able to carry her own food and some water and thus lighten my load. It has always worked great. This last trip the pack amazed me by its sturdiness. We ended up in a really bad spot and I ended up lifting her (she's 96 lbs) by the pack. The pa k held up great as did she. At one scary point she slipped. I was able to grab her by the pack and hoist her up. Again- both held up superiorly. Absolutely amazed! While not an experience I'd like to repeat... So thankful she had that pack on and it was made so well!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Arkadios

Date of Review: 7/28/2015

We kick up our paws in: TX

My canine companion(s): Doberman Pinscher

Fabulous

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I bought this pack for my male doberman a month or so ago. I really like it, very well made and easy to put on. My boy has been wearing it on walks and trips to the park, he carries his poo bags and travel water bowl and his treats in it. In a couple months he will wear it on our backpacking trip. I've really been pleased with the approach pack and I highly recommend it!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: emma & lola

Date of Review: 7/22/2015

We kick up our paws in: Guatemala, central america

My canine companion(s): lab, gsp and bordercollie

great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This backpack is pretty simple to put on & holds more than I expected it to! We use this backpack on every hike, every trip to volcanos

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Creede

Date of Review: 7/20/2015

We kick up our paws in: Peotone, IL

My canine companion(s): German Shepherd

Great product!!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We purchased this back pack and took a trip to Colorado. Creede LOVED wearing it and seemed to handle the pack with no problem. We loaded it evenly and off we went. The pack worked great, was easy to put on and take off quickly. It took a few times of adjusting and trying it on him to make sure we had that best fit but it was no problem.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Baxter

Date of Review: 7/17/2015

We kick up our paws in: San Diego

My canine companion(s): Border Collie Mix and Corgi Mix

Approach Backpack

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Love it!!!! My boyfriend and I were stoked that this bag came in XXS for our hyper 15lb corgi mix. We do a lot of hiking and backpacking. Also this bag fits great on my Border Collie Mix as well.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Skye Blue

Date of Review: 7/17/2015

We kick up our paws in: Holbrook, NY

My canine companion(s): Siberian Husky

LOVE IT!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I have always wanted a hiking pack for my Husky, since they are a working breed & actually enjoy carrying some extra weight! This backpack is pretty simple to put on & holds more than I expected it to! We use this backpack on every hike, every trip to the beach, even for long walks around our neighborhood! Skye carries both of our water bottles, her treats & my lunch/snack! She doesn't even seem to notice she is wearing it!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Joy

Date of Review: 7/10/2015

We kick up our paws in: Indianapolis, Indiana

My canine companion(s): Australian Sheppard/ Border Collie Mix

Looks good, functional and easy to use.

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Joy has only had one opportunity to wear her new Approach Pack, but it was a good experience. The product is sturdy quality, it functioned appropriately and was easy to put on her. Getting the packs on Joy was my biggest concern when buying this, as she is a first time user, but these packs have be well thought out in design and ease of use. Thank you, Ruffwear for a great product.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Manita

Date of Review: 6/16/2015

We kick up our paws in: Tesuque, NM

My canine companion(s): Teacup Chihuahua Mix

awesome

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I'd given up on finding anything for my 6 lb teacup chihuahua terrier mix that LOVES hiking. Don't even say "walk" because she will follow u around and yip w excitement until u get on the road! The orange deters hawks and eagles ( I add even more bling) and she can carry her.own H20, + a few treats. I freeze it and put it in two small water bags for each side, it cools her back a little bit too. Manita feels important, just like the big dogs, and she is just the cutest spotted chihuahua u ever saw!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cliff

Date of Review: 6/5/2015

We kick up our paws in: Eden Prairie, Minnesota

My canine companion(s): Shepherd/Lab mix

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Durable and fits great! No rubbing/chafing after wearing it for 3 days on a backpacking trip. It was convenient to have quick access to my dog's things without having to retrieve them from my own pack.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Zak REO and Tommie

Date of Review: 6/1/2015

We kick up our paws in: Minneapolis, MN

My canine companion(s): Jack Russell Terriers, All American

FAVORITE by FAR

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This is my favorite pack BY FAR! I have tried many and until Ruffwear, NONE fit the smaller dogs well. Finally a pack that doesn't sit too far back and have tons of bulky strapwork. These harnesses are AWESOME! I do hope someday...Ruffwear will add the removal pack model in the XXS and XS sizes. Peewees like to get their packs off too ;)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Briar

Date of Review: 6/1/2015

We kick up our paws in: Kanab,UT

My canine companion(s): Rottweiler/Chow mix and a Pit Bull type dog

Awesome

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Love this product! My dog can help carry hiking supplies, as well as giving her a job to do and wearing off some extra energy. Plus she looks pretty darn cute in it. :)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Dodger

Date of Review: 5/30/2015

We kick up our paws in: Davis, Ca

My canine companion(s): Chocolate Lab Mix

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

THANK YOU! We went on an overnight backpacking trip with Dodger and brought this pack just to lighten our loads by a few pounds. Luckily, this pack works great as a harness which came in handy when trying to scramble over the large granite boulders. We would have been in big trouble without this pack, AND the Slackline leash to lower him down some slabs. Thanks again for making amazing products!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cara

Date of Review: 5/29/2015

We kick up our paws in: Indiana

My canine companion(s): American Staffordshire Terrier

Awesome pack!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Great pack for all sorts of trips/adventures. Holds plenty of water/gear and fits really well, evenly distributes weight. Cara is also a service dog and we occasionally use this pack while she is working. Sometimes it's a tad big for our service needs, so we also use the Singletrak.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Robin

Date of Review: 5/20/2015

We kick up our paws in: Los Angeles

My canine companion(s): 16lb Basenji mix

Well designed, reasonably durable, sizing limited

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

There aren't many options available for small dogs and Ruffwear makes the nicest looking gear. However, there's a big difference in pack size between XXS and XS (2 liter vs 5 liter) and my dog at 18.5" fits both, but the packs on the XS (his real size) are huge on him. The smaller size fits fine but the packs are on the small side, and are totally filled by a jacket, leash, dish and some treats. Good for a day pack, but he can't carry most of his own gear for a camping trip. I'd like to see a 3L size, or even a design where a harness and pack size can be purchased together in different sizes. It's well made and has held up well. The packs do start to get fuzzy on the bottoms where they rub against walls and trees, but it's all superficial wear.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cookie

Date of Review: 5/12/2015

We kick up our paws in: Discovery Bay, California

My canine companion(s): American Bull Terrier

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Made well, fits my dog well, looks great, gives Cookie a job and she carries her own water, dogie bags and treats. I only wish it was mad in the U.S.A.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Odin

Date of Review: 3/25/2015

We kick up our paws in: Calgary canada

My canine companion(s): dogo argentino

wonderful!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I love this backpack! It makes walking my dog so much easier as it tires him out faster, we have tried all kinds of harnesses to stop him from pulling but this backpack is the only thing that really helps. And as a bonus i can store my phone, keys etc in there. My dog is 80 pounds and the medium fits him perfectly. The only thing that may be a con is it's a little bit difficult to get on and off. But totally worth it, would recommend

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Corduroy

Date of Review: 3/21/2015

We kick up our paws in: Ontario

My canine companion(s): Goldendoodle

Great quality good fit!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We have a 35 lb medium sized dog, but he's slim and I find it hard to fit a pack for him. The ruffwear pack fits him very well though! No chaffing and he's happy enough once it's on and were on the trail. He carries his own food, ruffwear highlands bed, treats, and set of boots with his two collapsible bowls when we go backpacking. He's done a late fall 3-day 45 km trip and 2 winter camping (-25C) two day 15 km trips with us with this small sized approach pack with no issues! I use the handle to lift him over tough Obstacles if needed.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Talus

Date of Review: 3/18/2015

We kick up our paws in: Vancouver Island

My canine companion(s): Rhodesian Ridgeback

So great!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I bought this pack secondhand in near new condition to have a smaller day/overnight pack (we also have the Pallisades pack). I think this pack has actually helped my dog like hiking better! He loves it, and sticks his head right through the straps to have it put on. This pack is excellently made-even though I bought used it still looked new and the other people had used it a lot. Very high quality as I have come to expect from Ruffwear. The pack fits very well and has a lot of adjustability. Ridgebacks are a deep chested, narrow waisted dog so the belly strap is just small enough with the covering on it but it works. He runs, leaps, dodges through the bush (smashing into things!) and the pack holds up. Great product! As with the Palisades pack, I do miss the fleece covering but on this pack I am less worried about strap irritation as he would never be carrying a big load in it.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Sullivan

Date of Review: 3/9/2015

We kick up our paws in: Oregon

My canine companion(s): Irish Setter

Well made & comfortable for my dog

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I've had this pack for a little over a year. Unfortunately, we've been through many dog packs but we found success with this one! It is very well made and, most importantly, fits my setter very well. Most packs we've tried will roll, regardless of how carefully I try to distribute the load, but the Approach Pack always stays in place. My setter doesn't even notice it on and can hike all day with no complaints. Once my beagle puppy reaches full size, I'll be purchasing an Approach Pack for her.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Scout

Date of Review: 2/14/2015

We kick up our paws in: Raleigh, NC

My canine companion(s): Labrador

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Fantastic pack. My 8 month old chocolate lab loves it. As soon as pull it out he runs to the door in anticipation of another hike.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Chief

Date of Review: 1/6/2015

We kick up our paws in: SF Bay Area

My canine companion(s): Cairn Terrier X

great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I love love love the Approach Pack. To my surprise, I "only" have 1 ;) I like how light it is, I love the orange and I love the size and shape of the packs, especially for small dog breeds. Chief has worn his a min of 200 times for hikes and work. He never complained and felt comfortable with it on his back. He climbed and hiked and swam and worked and traveled in it all over the world. He wore it with and without the rain cover - yeah.. I got that, too ;) After 200+ uses it unfortunately started to frizzle on the bottom/outer sides of the bags. They wore out. The fabric is very "fine" and I wish that you'd support this area with an extra (maybe even reflective) layer to prevent wear and tear. Chief has gone through a growth spur and is now in-between the xxs and the xs. It breaks my heart, cause I don't know how to live without an approach pack - seriously.. sounds dramatic, but it's just part of our equipment and I hate to retire it. I really enjoy this pack and would always recommend it. My favorite pack - thanks for it :)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Raven

Date of Review: 12/29/2014

We kick up our paws in: Mesa, AZ

My canine companion(s): Grman Shepherd Dog

Love it!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Finally a pack that not only holds a good amount of stuff but it also (and this is the great part) actually fits my slender petite female GSD and fits snugly without shifting side to side. :)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Dozer

Date of Review: 11/3/2014

We kick up our paws in: Colorado

My canine companion(s): Boxer

Quality Product

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Love the Approach Pack that I got for my pooch Dozer. I have used it on our day hikes in the San Isabel National Forest. He can finally pack his own water and water dish around along with anything else he might need that day. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a durable dog pack.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Sam

Date of Review: 10/31/2014

We kick up our paws in: Texas

My canine companion(s): Labrador

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Good fit, stays straight on the dog, comfortable for the dog. Sam gives this pack a workout as he runs through thick brush and brambles. It's holding up well although no longer bright orange after the first few uses. I expect to replace it after a year because he is so hard on it but I believe it's holding up well under the circumstances. I wish the bags were smaller and the style was more like the Singletrak with larger bags than that model has. If the Singletrak could hold 1 liter bottles I'd be happy with that one as I like the style better. He carries 1 liter of water in each bag so there is a lot of empty space and bulk in the Approach.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Rev and Bailey

Date of Review: 10/21/2014

We kick up our paws in: Colorado

My canine companion(s): Black Lab - GSD/Rottweiller/Bulldog mix

Great!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Three of these packs in the fam and they have all been fantastic. The saddle bag style holds more than you would think (definitely could easily overweight your dog so be careful in that regard). I usually just pack towels or tshirts and food into the pouches to fill them out and give them the feeling they are working dogs on a mission. They still maneuver and run as usual on our hikes. The harness frame with handle they are built on allows you to pick up your dog or assist them over obstacles on the trail which has come in very handy on multiple occasions. I often overlook the retainer strap on the inside of the saddle bag that attaches down to the chest clip to keep the bag secure and anchored down instead of flopping like dumbo ears! clip that down and you and your pooch will love these bags. Two years of use on ours, including some filthy hikes through some burned areas that left the packs a nice shade of charcoal....all of which cleaned up in the bath tub with a little dawn soap and returned the packs to like new condition. Very pleased with these.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Chance and Cooper

Date of Review: 10/7/2014

We kick up our paws in: Fort Worth, TX

My canine companion(s): Lab x and Rat Terrier

Awesome

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I absolutely love this, and our dogs do as well. We hike an average of 4 miles a day and it's nice to have them carry their own clean up bags and my keys etc... My main purpose was to try and wear my 10 lb Rat Terrier out, and this helps. I use the handle to regularly help him avoid mud or water he thinks is too deep. Our lab loves his and doesn't mind carrying things at all.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Buckley

Date of Review: 9/27/2014

We kick up our paws in: District of Columbia

My canine companion(s): Pit Bull Terrier

Wonderful product

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I've had this pack for about 5 years now, and use it for hiking and as our dog's "suitcase" when we take him on non-hiking trips. It fits everything that he needs, seems to distribute the weight very well so as to protect his back, and the quality is fabulous! The way it's holding up I'm pretty sure it will outlive me - but if I am ever looking for a life jacket or boots for my dog I know that I'll be buying from Ruffwear!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ender

Date of Review: 9/17/2014

We kick up our paws in: Southern California

My canine companion(s): Belgian Malinois, Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Awesome

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I LOVE this pack. It's the perfect size and holds the perfect amount of stuff. I hesitated on purchasing a Ruffwear pack because of the price, since I don't go out on trails on a regular basis, but I'm glad I bought this one. My Malinois doesn't mind wearing it at all, and it certainly makes it easier to carry enough supplies to last us both a full day on the trails. I highly recommend this to anyone.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Jack

Date of Review: 8/12/2014

We kick up our paws in: Colorado

My canine companion(s): Blue Heeler

Loved it

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This is a great pack and was used alot on our journeys,,but sad to say we have replaced it with the Palisades Pack.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Twiggy

Date of Review: 8/1/2014

We kick up our paws in: TX, USA

My canine companion(s): IG/Beagle mix (Pound Puppy!)

PAWESOME!!!!!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I recently took my 14 pound IG/Beagle mix girl on a 4 day backpacking trip. Complete of 16 miles and 32 river crossings. Little Twiggy did awesome equiped with all her Ruffwear gear, including her cool blue Approach pack! this was Twiggy's first big trip wearing her pack and I must say, the approach pack is great! Not only does it fit everything needed and come in great colors, but its built onto the Webmaster! This was perfect for crossing rivers because I could easily tie her off to me in shallow rivers or just pick her up by the harness over fallen trees. The Apporach pack is very well made, the zippers and releases are all quality and sturdy. Love this pack! I highly suggest it for anyone hiking with their dog!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Hubert

Date of Review: 7/29/2014

We kick up our paws in: Southern Germany

My canine companion(s): Bernese Mountain Dog

very good, both quality and design

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Got the xl-version of the pack which holds more than I would let my dog (100 lbs) carry. However, he carried his complete food and his leash on a 4-day trip - plus some of my stuff. I attached a short loop to the top ring so I could easily lead him when necessary. The pack must be loaded carefully wih the same weight on both sides to avoid sliding. Respecting that, the fit was perfect and Hubert looked forward to the start every morning. Looked way cool, too.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Piper

Date of Review: 7/28/2014

We kick up our paws in: Portland, OR

My canine companion(s): Rottweiler

Well made

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I thought I'd have trouble finding a pack to fit a 130 pound Rottweiler but the L/XL fits him like a dream. We've gone on several hikes to test out his new pack. It doesn't shift or rub when we're hiking, he can carry his own water bowl and stuff, and he seems to like having a job to do. Wearing his pack has made him more confident on trails and less nervous about approaching strangers. I think he likes showing it off!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Güera

Date of Review: 7/24/2014

We kick up our paws in: Cartagena, Colombia

My canine companion(s): 3 color beagle, small size

great. Very well made.

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I bought this pack a year ago and eventhough I do not use it to much, I am very pleased, everytime My beagle uses it, has enough space for a .5 Lt bottle of water each side (one for me one for her ;) ) I also add a collapsible bowl from ruffwear, a small bottle with treats and the leash if its necessary. Oh, or even my cell phone and car keys when we go to the park to work out. Every body talks about how cute she looks carrying her stuff. maybe an inside pocket will make this bag completely awsome!! It tends to go to one side sometimes, specially if I have the leash attach to the pack, but that is if there is a big difference in weight between bags and also my beagle has the ideal weight, she is a 3 color small beagle, and I can not adjust more the straps, maybe I should have get the xxs. Any how it is great that if I need to carry her i can just grab the handlle of the pack and pick her up very easy too, for example when getting her into the truck.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Gromit

Date of Review: 7/19/2014

We kick up our paws in: Chattanooga, TN

My canine companion(s): Great Pyr/German Shep/Border Collie/Whatever else mutt!

Exactly what I wanted, and quality!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This is our first pack for Gromit. We wanted to give him a job to perform on walks and hikes other than searching for animals to attempt to chase (he's a leashed pup). This works wonderfully! I've only put a water bottle in each side for weight but can tell he puts his head down and walks straighter now, like a boss! He also carries the poop bags, my cell phone and the car keys in the smaller pockets. There is definitely room for him to carry more! He is ~70lbs, and measured a 32 inch girth. The medium fits him very nicely after our initial adjustment session! Very impressed with Ruffwear products!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Zak, REO, and Tommie

Date of Review: 7/14/2014

We kick up our paws in: Minnesota

My canine companion(s): 2 Jack Russell Terriers, 1 Italian Greyhound Mix

Love this pack!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

It can be VERY hard to find packs that actually fit small dogs well. This one does! The adjustability is quite good and the pads on the straps are nice. The pack stays balanced (aka not listing to one side) and the dogs have taken to wearing it quite readily. The buckles are snugged in a bit but I'm getting the hang of getting them unclipped. My only wish... that the Palisades pack came in XXS (it would be SO nice to be able to remove just the pack when we take breaks...). Don't underestimate the small dogs, they love to hike!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bruno

Date of Review: 7/12/2014

We kick up our paws in: Minnesota

My canine companion(s): Mastiff, Great Dane, bloodhound mix

Loved it!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Was worried it wouldn't fit because most things I buy don't fit him but it fit perfect and Bruno loved it! Very we'll made

2 out of 5

Dog's Name: Chunk

Date of Review: 7/4/2014

We kick up our paws in: Finger Lakes region NY

My canine companion(s): lab/shepard mix

sturdy but difficult to use

Would you recommend this product?.: No

Not sure if I'm doing something wrong but about to return it because can't get it on & off easily. Had the Palisades pack for a previous dog and loved it. Went with this one because doing mainly day hikes and Palisades seemed to be too much pack but can't adjust it easily enough to put it on/off without emptying it out beforehand which isn't what I expected. Only used it a couple times but seemed great once it was on fit really well but think an attachment in front would be helpful so could put it on like a saddle and clip in front to secure.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Dexter

Date of Review: 7/2/2014

We kick up our paws in: Cottage Grove, OR

My canine companion(s): Mastador

Excellent, fits great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My dog loves wearing his Approch Pack, I think he feels important when he's wearing it. Once you find a good balance, it stays centered, and distributes the weight well. My dog carries all our gear, and his food and water for day hikes and he doesn't complain at all. Overall great pack.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Breeze and Sky

Date of Review: 6/1/2014

We kick up our paws in: North Carolina

My canine companion(s): Siberian Huskies

Well made and made to work!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I love my approach pack! Ruffwear products seem to be made really well and durable. It fits well, doesn't hang or sage and doesn't weight down on the dogs back but rather its shoulders like it should do! Fits both my girls after alil adjusting.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Moxie

Date of Review: 5/28/2014

We kick up our paws in: Seattle, Wa

My canine companion(s): Labrador Retriever

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We love this pack. We have a smallish (70lbs) lab who loves hiking. This pack has quite a bit more room than the one we had before. The problem with her previous pack was when we unzipped the pockets, everything fell out. Very poor zipper placement. The zippers are higher up on this one and it holds everything in place. Very sturdy pack with nice thick chest padding. Another wonderful purchase from RuffWear!!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kagen

Date of Review: 5/26/2014

We kick up our paws in: NC

My canine companion(s): German Shepherd Dog, Shepherd Mix, Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer

Love it!! Wonderful pack!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I've used this pack multiple times now on my 2 smaller dogs. (Have the medium sized pack.) It's been awesome! Very easy to adjust size in between the 2 dogs. Holds a perfect amount for a day hike or for one or two nights. This is my 4th ruffwear pack perchase and I've loved and been happy with every single one!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bella

Date of Review: 5/23/2014

We kick up our paws in: Burlington, ontario

My canine companion(s): St. Bernard

Great!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I just bought the backpack, Bella was Leary for a second but let me put it on her. Once I finally got it adjusted, which I don't feel bad now, cause other people fought with it too! Lol she instantly seemed happier. It's breathable for her and the pockets are quite big. No more holding her poop bags! I'm excited to take her on walks.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Daisy

Date of Review: 5/15/2014

We kick up our paws in: Columbia, SC

My canine companion(s): Rottie mix and a lab/pit mix

Fantastic

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My first impression when I took it out of the bag was just WOW! The bags are big and hold a lot of stuff, the reflective strips are bright, the padding is nice and thick, and it look incredible sturdy and durable. Not to mention my service dog in training Daisy loves it! When I first showed it to her she stuck her head right in! She seems more focused on me in it and it really seems to wear her out! I would make just a couple of tweaks though, for one I really wish this came in red, and two, it is extremely difficult to resize and fit onto your dog, it took me about 20 minutes trying to adjust the straps and get the thing on her, in the future instructions for this would be helpful, other than that, I love it!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Hudson

Date of Review: 5/5/2014

We kick up our paws in: Banff, Alberta

My canine companion(s): Husky Mix

Works great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Really helps to tire my active dog out, I occasionally put rocks in it just to add weight- don't tell him ;)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Lily

Date of Review: 4/25/2014

We kick up our paws in: WNY

My canine companion(s): English Lab

Good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

The product performed as told to me by other purchasers. It was easy to put on and fit and performs well.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Akando

Date of Review: 4/21/2014

We kick up our paws in: Massachusetts

My canine companion(s): American Pitbull Terrier

Love it

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Having such a short coat, I was worried about rubbing and chaffing of my dogs skin, but it doesn't leave a mark on him. It sits perfect on his back and doesn't shift around at all. This is a great product.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bella

Date of Review: 4/14/2014

We kick up our paws in: El Monte, CA.

My canine companion(s): Dachshund, Siberian Husky, Doberman Pinscher

Wow! Sturdy, tough.

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I LOVED it and so did Bella (Doberman). It has helped her ficus on walks and gives her that extra workout she needs but I can't give her due to my fibromyalgia. So i put a water bottle on each side of the pack and we walk our 2-3 miles ( all I can do before the pain really sets in) but that seems to be enough to get her tired and balanced. Best purchase I could have made for my high active dog

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Layla

Date of Review: 4/3/2014

We kick up our paws in: Georgia

My canine companion(s): Chocolate lab, dachshund, dachshund/chiwowa mix

Love it!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Great fit, easy to use, durable.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Jezebel

Date of Review: 2/24/2014

We kick up our paws in: Mammoth Lakes, ca

My canine companion(s): Australian Kelpie

Perfect

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Seems to be very comfortable for my dog. We take this pack everywhere with us from day hikes to long backpacking trips. Has enough room for food, water or anything else we need. The only thing I like more about the palisades pack is the collapsible water bottles...but that's okay because our other dog has that backpack

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bo

Date of Review: 2/11/2014

We kick up our paws in: Knoxville, Tn

My canine companion(s): american lab and a sweet 7 year old mutt, Abbey

Great!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We saved Bo about 6 weeks ago and he is a big energetic, 100 pound lap dog. Getting on his work bag and letting him carry water and any other weight we can think of to wear him out has been perfect. He is much happier having the bag and a purpose!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kichi

Date of Review: 1/20/2014

We kick up our paws in: Rhode Isalnd

My canine companion(s): Shiba Inu

fantastic

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Just what me and my dog needed, she has lots of energy and this pack helps her slow down while carrying important items. Very happy with the size, at least two water bottles can fit. She is only 18lbs but the Small fits her perfectly. Any other backback just doesnt compare. I wish the bags were detachable, in this case I had to buy a regular webmaster harness for normal walking or out on the tree line, but they are both good products, I didn't mind purchasing another one.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kota

Date of Review: 1/13/2014

We kick up our paws in: Southeast Texas

My canine companion(s): German Shepherd

Well made, easy to get on and off

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We go hiking a lot with our GSD and she gets to carry some of her things now! We got the orange, which helps us keep track of her when she goes into the brush on the trails. She's six months now, so the slightly smaller approach pack is a good fit for her, though I wish the bags were removable like the other model (just because she doesn't always wait until we take it off to jump in the water!)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Luna

Date of Review: 12/3/2013

We kick up our paws in: rutland vt

My canine companion(s): poodle doodle

great product

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

in the woods a lot, running and biking; the bright orange is a nice safety feature. The pack hasn't slowed her down at all. Looking forward to some overnight hikes this winter when she can carry her own supplies.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Everett

Date of Review: 11/3/2013

We kick up our paws in: Plainville Ct USA

My canine companion(s): Lab Mix

Very Nice

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Worth the money!!! Great product. My dog gets a lot of compliments.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: KiKi

Date of Review: 11/1/2013

We kick up our paws in: Central coast of Calif

My canine companion(s): PitBulldogs

Awesome. 12 of 10 ruffs from us!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We raise service dogs and use these bags for everything! This is my 4th RUFFWEAR bag and I am ordering 2 more. I have tried others that slip and slide. This is easy to balance with awkward loads, easy for the dog to wear, rest in tight spots (I use a separate plastic shopping bag insert to remove and reload items easily) plus we use the top ring to attach to a seatbelt leash for Traveling, Which is really smart when your dog is worth protecting! Thanks Ruffwear! we love you

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bondo

Date of Review: 10/6/2013

We kick up our paws in: Taos, NM

My canine companion(s): pit/mix

EXCELLENT

Would you recommend this product?.: No

The backpack is sturdy and reliable. I'm glad that the pack is constructed simply without any bells and whistles. NO VELCRO! I never liked Velcro and my dog hates its tearing sound. I'm also grateful that the saddlebags are not removable. I prefer sturdy stitches where ever they are possible. The loops are in the right places. You can put on a light stick on the top, or for even better visibility to the both sides. Their horizontal position is more effective than if the light stick hangs down from the collar. My dog runs through thick sagebrush and the saddlebags do not flop, or shift. The material doesn't tear, there’s not even a scratch after ruff testing. Only the reflective lines took some beating, but it’s not a big deal.

The ZIPPERS do not open which is a big deal. I have an experience, again with another company, when Bondo got his hind leg stuck in a pocket that had opened in the terrain. Good thing that it happened when I was nearby.  We only lost a water bottle but it was crucial since we were spending night far away from a water supply. No, I don't think the Ruffwear pockets would get unzipped but for peace of my mind I use tiny carbines and clip the two zippers together on both sides. Talking about zippers - somebody here questioned why water proof zippers if the pack is not water proof, so why the zippers are? But the backpack is water-resistant and I don't know how to make zippers just that. 

Another review calls for removable saddlebags. I ordered another company’s backpack and for that "convenient" feature I sent it back. Those bags wouldn't stay attached and you can lose them (this time not only a water bottle but the whole pack!)Not to mention that the pack is attached to the harness with acres of my "favorite" Velcro!

The SIZING: I think it's more useful to use girth measurement than the dog weight.

The ENDS of the STRIPS prevent the strips from getting loose. Above that there isn’t hanging or dragging the extra length. But you have to know how to adjust the harness properly. Unfortunately Ruffwear doesn’t include INSTRUCTIONS inside the package.  If you buy the product in a stone store you can struggle with adjusting the strips and still you might not get the adjustment right. If a link to the video were mentioned it could save people some troubles. The VIDEO is VERY HELPFUL. Without watching it I surely would miss the smartness of the strip endings.

I hope that this long review can help people in their shopping. People who already own this wonderful backpack- maybe they would see something else, some features that escaped eyes before.

After many researches and purchases, now I am finally happy!   THANK YOU, RUFFWEAR.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Alfredo

Date of Review: 7/16/2013

We kick up our paws in: Southern California

My canine companion(s): German Shepherd mix

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Good pack July 16, 2013 User submitted photo Looking for a backpack for our still-maturing two year old shepherd mix we wanted to allow the dog to carry some of his own stuff on our casual outings and hikes. Just as important, many trainers say that giving a dog a backpack gives them a job to do and can help them when going on walks or with behavior issues. Alfredo is great and we are working to channel his energy and intellect and build his confidence as a working dog. He loves to run so finding a backpack that he would agree to wear and would also fit his athletic profile and disposition was a concern. We looked at a lot of backpacks and read even more reviews before deciding on the Approach pack by Ruffwear. Even if you are sure of the size, I suggest you try to find a store where you can try one on your dog to see how it will fit. Our local Sport Chalet store is dog friendly with a great staff so it worked out perfectly. Alfredo is tall and 87 lbs. but has a lean frame with a narrow chest. The large fit him well. The pack is nicely constructed of durable, water resistant nylon with no-snag, coated zippers. There is reinforced stitching throughout. A deal maker for me was the padding, especially the sleeves around the straps where they contact and would otherwise rub against the dog's skin. The entire pack lies naturally over the dog’s form. Getting a proper fit with the 5 point adjustment design is easy enough and the pack secures nicely. The biggest challenge was initially putting it on Alfredo, as you must slip it over the dog’s head and the right leg must be lifted to go in between the shoulder and chest straps. Once this is done though it is just two straps to secure the pack; one under the chest and the other under the abdomen. Again, these have padded sleeves and easily clicked into place. Now I just have to make sure to secure the straps properly so that the ends do not hang or drag. The ergonomics of the pack are exceptional with streamlined saddle bags and a harness design that makes the load ride forward at the shoulders. Alfredo had never worn a backpack before but after few minutes seemed born to wear it. He had full range of motion and was able to run full speed without a problem, adventured through brush and even hit some low hanging branches without losing the pack or having it shift. The saddle bags are roomy but do lack interior compartments. Some might feel this would be a nice feature and I know that other packs have them. However, this was not a factor in our decision and the pack doesn’t lose points because of it. There is plenty room for whatever you want your dog to carry for the day or a one or two night outing. Because this is all new to Alfredo his load was light first time out. A bottle of water on each side, a small Tupperware dish, a ball, a rope toy and some snacks were all we loaded him with - two pounds on each side to be exact. There is easily enough room for twice this amount and more and the pack’s construction seems ready to handle it. I believe this is the newer version of this model as it also features exterior gear loops above each saddle bag. There is a large, D-ring at the top, front of the pack which allowed us to quickly attach his leash when needed. The padded assistance handle is sturdy and I was able to completely lift Alfredo off of the ground with it. The pack features a reflective trim along the sides for low-light visibility. I suggest also adding a strobe or other type of clip-on light. You can clip these on to the dog's collar but I like that you can easily attach this on the backpack. There is a useful, reinforced loop at the rear of the pack that seemed to be put there just for this purpose. This is not the cheapest backpack and also not the most expensive. But for me it delivers the greatest value for our type of use. It has great features, solid construction, awesome fit and obvious comfort for the dog. Five stars.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Chloey

Date of Review: 6/1/2013

We kick up our paws in: PA

My canine companion(s): Beagle mix

Exactly what we were looking for

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My 60 pound beagle mix loves the outdoors. We are taking her on a couple of multiple backpacking trips, now she can carry her own food without any worries. She took to the pack right away and didn't have any issues. The pack fit her perfectly (using the sizing guide) and never shifted or moved. The durable materials and straps were fantastic and the material is easy to wipe off, especially in muddy conditions. LOVE it and would highly recommend.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Hunter

Date of Review: 5/28/2013

We kick up our paws in: Tarrytown, NY

My canine companion(s): Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Ergonomically designed

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Placing a pack on any dog is a serious responsibility. If it rides wrongly then it can cause muscular-skeletal problems. If it is not designed properly it will cause abrasion and irritation. The Approach Pack is designed to be position weight mostly over the dog's forelegs not over the spine. The straps are made to avoid chafing and skin or fur irritation. The pouches lie flat permitting the load (<25% dog's weight) to a narrow profile allowing the dog to negotiate narrow trails or rocky climbs. Both my dog and I agree that this is a comfortable and handy hiking pack for food and water.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Porter House

Date of Review: 5/13/2013

We kick up our paws in: Montana

My canine companion(s): Black Lab

Really nice

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My dog is 100 pounds of pure hard headed strenght. When he wants to go there is not to much to stop him. The pack is great. And fits him really well. It has held up to his crazy "i'll go where ever I want and do what I want" kind of lifestyle. I wish it was waterproof. I have to pack his food in a zip lock bag. Not that big of a deal, but i still wish it was.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Hailey

Date of Review: 5/7/2013

We kick up our paws in: Baltimore, MD

My canine companion(s): Hound (Large - 70 pounds)

Excellent -- with one reservation

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I've been using this pack for about a year now -- Summer & Winter, on some pretty rugged trails & overnight camping trips/hikes. It fits Hailey like a glove, and stands up quite well to the abuse she gives it (rocks, under-brush, rolling around in whatever she thinks smells good, water). I've even used the handle on top a couple of times to lift her out of some challenging spots she got herself into & couldn't get out of (she can usually get herself into & out of just about anything). The leash harness hold up quite well to her strong, muscular athletic pulling (prong collar is the only thing that stops that). My ONLY complaint about the pack is that it's not waterproof. Why seam-tape the zippers when the pack itself is not waterproof? That just adds to the expense of the pack without any real benefit that I can see. That's the only reason I give it four stars instead of five. It's otherwise a great pack! I'd love to see an all-waterproof version of this pack.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bonnie

Date of Review: 4/29/2013

We kick up our paws in: New York

My canine companion(s): Catahoula

Great product!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Love this product! It is a great way how to get tired your dog. Great for hiking and what also surprised me - it can be used as a pulling harness! So my dog works twice. The material is very good and it fits very well. I really like it and definitely recommend!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Trooper

Date of Review: 4/29/2013

We kick up our paws in: Orange County, CA

My canine companion(s): Pit bull/mix and French Bulldog

Excellent!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I love everything by Ruffwear! Our most recent purchase was the Approach Pack in Pacific Blue. We already had the old style Approach Pack in Lichen Green, but couldn't resist the new color (the old pack is still as good as new though!). I bought a size L/XL for my 90 pound pit/mix, but think a size M would have been a better fit. These packs are sized very generously. Pros: This is a great, sturdy pack that gives my dog a job. When he walks, he walks with a purpose. This pack is very roomy. We usually load the pack with 3 20 oz. water bottles on each side, a collapsible bowl, treats, extra leash/collar, and whatever else we may need for that day. This pack is crucial on our walks. Without the Approach Pack, my dog pulls like crazy, but when he is wearing the pack he will often walk by my side. He is also less focused on other dogs/people/squirrels and concentrates on the walk, which is a huge plus! The Approach pack also withstands quite a beating from my dog - it has gone through all kinds of brush, rubbed against brick walls (he doesn't realize how wide he is with it on), rolls around on dirt, grass, concrete, and looks as good as new with a wipe down. The fit of the Ruffwear Packs is better than any other I have tried. The chest strap and 2 belly straps keep the pack firmly in place and does not seem to chafe my dog. Even when the load is slightly unbalanced, the pack doesn't slide to the side. I also appreciate the extra stash pocket in the new style pack. It makes it easy to quickly grab a poop bag. Suggestions for Improvements: This is really a great pack. There are only 2 areas where I could make improvement suggestions: (1) it would be great to have removable saddlebags like the Palisades Pack. It takes a few minutes to remove the pack and put it back on each time. I would love to quickly remove just the bags and leave the harness on. (2) go back to the original sizing chart (where a size M went up to a 36 inch chest) and allow for more overlap. It would be great to allow people to be able to choose from 2 different sizes, so they can decide if they want relatively smaller or larger saddlebags. The size M saddlebag was a perfect fit for my dog. The larger saddlebags on the size L/XL is a little bit too large for my taste, but my dog doesn't mind. But overall – this is a great pack and highly recommended!!!!

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Vegas

Date of Review: 4/26/2013

We kick up our paws in: Virginia

My canine companion(s): Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Great!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Good quality and a proper fit. Appears that it will last for a long time.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kane

Date of Review: 4/3/2013

We kick up our paws in: MI

My canine companion(s): Pitbull

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Top notch product, built to last and has taken a ton of abuse already in only 3 weeks. It holds a 28oz cantene on both sides as well as poop bags, treats, gloves, flashlight, extra leash with plenty of room to spare for a couple t-shirts and small cloths. Dog can run and play fetch loaded up with no problem, it hugs tight and does not flop around. I chose bright orange and it's very noticeable. Overall it does it job by giving the dog a task to focus on and expending 3x as much energy on an 1 hr walk.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Buck

Date of Review: 4/2/2013

We kick up our paws in: Medford, MA

My canine companion(s): Siberian Husky

Awesome!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Excellent backpack! We use it daily and have tried other brands in the past, which do not compare in quality. Overall attractive, well fitting, sturdy and withstands long days in whatever the weather, perfect pocket space too!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Duke

Date of Review: 3/26/2013

We kick up our paws in: Long Island

My canine companion(s): Labrador Retriver

Sturdy and well made

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I ordered the L/XL for my 64 pound 10 month old Lab and it fits him great. He can carry a good amount of stuff and the load is balanced. I plan to use it on hikes but for now I'm using it on daily walks around the neighborhood. The extra weight he's carrying around helps him work harder and use all that extra energy. Overall I'm impressed with the quality and workmanship of this pack.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bentley

Date of Review: 3/24/2013

We kick up our paws in: Ventura, CA

My canine companion(s): Maltese & Dachshund

So Good, Even a Maltese Can Use One!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My Maltese is a heafty guy (16 pounds) and his energy level is quite high. My doxie can't quite keep up, distance wise. I got the pack for the Maltese to help wear him out and level the field, so to say. It works nicely! The pack (size Small) fits him perfectly at a 19" girth. I expected him to complain but he seems to enjoy his new responsibility and he doesn't struggle with the form or weight (I keep the weight low, about one pound per side). The blue looks nice on him, too!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Chase

Date of Review: 3/19/2013

We kick up our paws in: Montreal, Canada

My canine companion(s): Pitbull

Amazing

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We bought an Approach Pack and used the sizing instructions. Our dog is a 45 lb Pitbull rescue and loves to run. He has a 26" girth and so we bought the small. When we took it out of the packaging the dog got very excited so we put it on him. Fits perfect, very easy to adjust, and he doesn't even notice its on. Good quality zippers, tons of room in the storage spots without hanging too low, which we were a little worried about before we bought it. In short, dog loves it, we love it. Would totally buy another one if I had another dog.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Roxie

Date of Review: 3/4/2013

We kick up our paws in: Florida

My canine companion(s): Papillon

Great product!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This is Roxie's first backpack! She is a small dog (Papillon 6 months old, 5lbs) with a lot of energy! She has the smallest size bag (XXS). I found that using this bag she can drain some of her mental energy (I usually leave the bag empty) on our shorter walks. We plan on taking Roxie on hikes with us, so this is also a good way to train her so she can carry her treats when we finally decide she is old and strong enough to tag along.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Stryder

Date of Review: 2/26/2013

We kick up our paws in: Virginia

My canine companion(s): Chocolate lab

AMAZING!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This is Stryders second approach pack. He is 110 punds with a 35 inch chest. We got the large in the older style and it's been great but never fit snug on him (should have gotten Medium but I am dumb and ignored the advice). I called Ruffwear and they explained to me that the new packs don't have the overlap in the sizes and the new large would be perfect. It totally is perfect!!! Fits like a glove and the new extra pockets are going to come in really handy for our overnight hikes! You guys are the best!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Guv'nor

Date of Review: 2/12/2013

We kick up our paws in: Denver

My canine companion(s): Doberman

Couldn't be happier with this pack!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

The fit of this pack is amazing! Even with an uneven load there is no shifting, which is a problem we've had with other packs. There is plenty of room in the pockets, I've already packed boots, food, a Cloud Chaser, and the water bladders from our SingleTrak pack. Even with this kind of load the pack pockets don't smack against my dog's sides when he runs! The small pockets on top are really handy too. My pup is 72lbs with a 31" girth and the medium pack fits perfect. The orange color also looks great on him (he's chocolate with rust accents).