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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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Ratings & Reviews

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Kim H.
United States

Great quality

My Rottweiler loves this pack when I put it on him because he knows that means it's going to be a long hike. It's very roomy and holds a lot of items. Great quality, I can tell it will last for many more hikes to come. Color is great too!

Kim H. verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
Echo T.
United States

Like it but have a suggestion

Great size and color. It would be more convenient to put on if there was another clip for the strap that goes around my pups neck. He does not like having to slip it on over his head. and then have to put his paw thru the strap.

Jerry M.
United States


After sorta getting pack on Maggie, all was well, but we had difficulty trying to figure where all the straps went.

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.

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