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The Ruffwear Approach™ Pack is an everyday dog pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality. It provides dogs with the ability to efficiently carry a load, generating instant four-legged motivation to explore. The integrated harness enhances fit, pack stability and overall performance. Radial cut saddlebags create a passive compression system that is form fitting and better load carrying. Combined with the lightweight materials and a streamlined design, the Approach Pack is comfortable and allows dogs to carry trail necessities. Great for day hikes and overnight adventures..

It’s recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of its body weight in its 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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Select Size

Use this fit guide to select the appropriate size for your dog. Measurement is around the widest part of the rib cage. Need more help with sizing? Visit our Approach™ Pack Fit Guide.

17-22 in (43-56 cm)
22-27 in (56-69 cm)
27-32 in (69-81 cm)
32-42 in (81-107 cm)

Key Features

Additional Features

  • Customizable fit with five points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
  • Two points of leash connection: single-piece, anodized aluminum V-ring and webbing loop
  • Harness suspension system provides stability, comfort and fit
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim and light loop for attaching The Beacon™
  • Made in Vietnam

Washing Instructions

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

Weight & Capacity

Size Weight Capacity
XSmall 0.8 lb (0.36 kg) 427 in³ (7 L)
Small 1.05 lb (0.48 kg) 762 in³ (12.5 L)
Medium 1.15 lb (0.52 kg) 885 in³ (14.5 L)
Large/XLarge 1.3 lb (0.59 kg) 1465 in³ (24 L)

Trail Tested Promise

All of our products are rigorously field tested and we proudly guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

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Maile K.
United States

Love this pack!!!!

I bought this pack and two 1-liter water bladders for my pupper who loves to hike more than I do! Tried it for the first time on a 7-mile hike and it held up wonderfully! He got compliments on his pack from many passersby and loved the attention!

Maile K. verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
Marion D.
United States

Great Pack

The pack is really rugged and fits my retriever very well. We hike on the AT and other smaller tails several times a year and all the dogs that go with us have a Ruffwear pack to carry their essentials.

Savannah C.
United States

Approach Pack

I love this hiking pack. The zippers work really well, the stitching is really good, and the pockets are really roomy. I love the grab handle, it's been very helpful to help pull our dog out of snow drifts if he gets stuck.

Savannah C. verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
Gina E.
United States

Love it!

My son and I love the Ruffwear pack we purchased for his dog! Takes a load off of us!

Gina E. verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
Sam B.
United States

Great pack

This is the second approach pack I've bought. I gave my first one away after I had put over 1,000 miles on it from Maine to Maryland. My dog never had very many issues with it (unless I loaded it too heavy) and it always fit snug and balanced, though that takes some practice to figure out the sweet spot. Overall a great, light, durable pack for your pup.

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