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4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
29 Reviews

Approach™ Dog Backpack

day hiking & overnight pack

Color

Selected: Blue Dusk

Roam further with the Approach Pack, a day hiking and light overnight dog pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality. Radial cut saddlebags - sized right for extending day hikes and venturing into light overnights - create a passive compression system for efficient load carrying over the shoulders. They rest on an integrated harness with a breathable chassis that enhances comfort and pack stability. With lightweight materials, a streamlined design, and mindful gear organization, the Approach Pack sparks instant motivation for canines seeking deeper exploration on the trail with their human.

It’s recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of their body weight, including the weight of the pack and its contents. If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets used to wearing the pack.

What's New: A staple in our pack lineup, the Approach Pack's updates were inspired by customer feedback. More breathability and flexibility with a perforated, molded foam chassis; improved fade-resistance with new materials; updated flopper stopper system for easier use when stabilizing saddlebags; and more streamlined, refined saddlebag volumes.

Check out this article if you need help choosing the right pack.

Roam further with the Approach Pack, a day hiking and light overnight dog pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality. Radial cut saddlebags - sized right for extending day hikes and venturing into light overnights - create a passive compression system for efficient load carrying over the shoulders. They rest on an integrated harness with a breathable chassis that enhances comfort and pack stability. With lightweight materials, a streamlined design, and mindful gear organization, the Approach Pack sparks instant motivation for canines seeking deeper exploration on the trail with their human.

It’s recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of their body weight, including the weight of the pack and its contents. If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets used to wearing the pack.

What's New: A staple in our pack lineup, the Approach Pack's updates were inspired by customer feedback. More breathability and flexibility with a perforated, molded foam chassis; improved fade-resistance with new materials; updated flopper stopper system for easier use when stabilizing saddlebags; and more streamlined, refined saddlebag volumes.

Check out this article if you need help choosing the right pack.

STABLE GEAR CARRY

Radial cut, weight-forward saddlebags and "flopper stoppers" stabilize pack and contents and minimize bounce.

PADDED HANDLE

Padded handle and girth straps offer even load dispersion for controlled and comfortable lifting when your dog needs a boost.

KEEP GEAR ORGANIZED

Vertical stash pocket for organizing gear and storing heavier items like food and water closer to dog.

Additional Features

  • Five points of adjustment for an optimal fit

  • Two leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring and reinforced webbing loop

  • Padded handle and girth straps offer even load dispersion for controlled and comfortable lifting

  • Radial cut, weight-forward saddlebags and flopper stoppers stabilize pack and contents

  • Vertical stash pocket for organizing gear and storing heavier items closer to dog

  • External gear loops for additional gear organization and quick on-the-trail access

  • Reflective trim for visibility in low-light conditions and light loop for attaching The Beacon™️

  • Materials

    • Shell: 150 denier polyester
    • Harness chassis: Laminated, molded bonded mesh and perforated foam
    • Buckles: ITW Nexus Airloc side-release buckles
    • Leash Connection Point: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum V-ring
    • Zippers: YKK reverse coil zipper
    • Made in Vietnam
  • Care

    • Hand wash
    • Mild detergent
    • Air dry

STABLE GEAR CARRY

Radial cut, weight-forward saddlebags and "flopper stoppers" stabilize pack and contents and minimize bounce.

PADDED HANDLE

Padded handle and girth straps offer even load dispersion for controlled and comfortable lifting when your dog needs a boost.

KEEP GEAR ORGANIZED

Vertical stash pocket for organizing gear and storing heavier items like food and water closer to dog.

Additional Features

  • Five points of adjustment for an optimal fit

  • Two leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring and reinforced webbing loop

  • Padded handle and girth straps offer even load dispersion for controlled and comfortable lifting

  • Radial cut, weight-forward saddlebags and flopper stoppers stabilize pack and contents

  • Vertical stash pocket for organizing gear and storing heavier items closer to dog

  • External gear loops for additional gear organization and quick on-the-trail access

  • Reflective trim for visibility in low-light conditions and light loop for attaching The Beacon™️

  • Materials

    • Shell: 150 denier polyester
    • Harness chassis: Laminated, molded bonded mesh and perforated foam
    • Buckles: ITW Nexus Airloc side-release buckles
    • Leash Connection Point: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum V-ring
    • Zippers: YKK reverse coil zipper
    • Made in Vietnam
  • Care

    • Hand wash
    • Mild detergent
    • Air dry

Find The Right Size For Your Dog

Use this fit guide to find the right size for your dog. Measurement is around the widest part of the rib cage.

Sizing Chart & Pack Volume/Weight

Use this sizing chart to select the appropriate size for your dog. Measurement is around the widest part of the rib cage.
In between sizes? We recommend sizing down.
Product size chart table
Pack Size Dog Girth Pack Weight Pack Capacity
XS 17 - 22 in (43 - 56 cm) 0.73 lb (0.33 kg) 305 in³ (5 L)
S 22 - 27 in (56 - 69 cm) 0.94 lb (0.43 kg) 610 in³ (10 L)
M 27 - 32 in (69 - 81 cm) 1.1 lb (0.50 kg) 793 in³ (13 L)
L/XL 32 - 42 in (81 - 107 cm) 1.3 lb (0.59 kg) 1281 in³ (21 L)
Find The Right Size For Your Dog chart
Select Size

17-22 in (43-56 cm)

Dog in Sun Shower raincoat running through fern covered woods carrying stick with human.

Trail Tested Promise

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

Ratings & Reviews

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 29 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 21 Total 4 star reviews: 6 Total 3 star reviews: 2 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
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29 reviews
  • Sarah C.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Awesome Pack

    We are super happy with the amount of space to store supplies in. There was lots of space to distribute the weight well. The straps were easy to adjust to fit our dog who wore it for 3 days and never chaffed. We love the bright colour which is perfect for visibility in the back country and the durable material.

  • Thai L.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Great pack so far

    I've only used this once with my Standard Schnauzer. Took a bit of fiddling around to adjust the straps but once we got it on it was pretty stable and solid. Took my pup a little bit to get used to having it on but it gave him a job to do.

  • charles-alexis l.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    A really good bag

    it has so much space i was actually shocked

    it fits on my dog back perfectly and dosnt swing left and right like another dog backpack i got on amazon

    it made of really good quality

    overral 10/10

  • Denise E.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    Dog Backpack for little dogs

    This backpack fits great on my 14 pound Dr. Seuss terrier. It took her awhile to get used to it but now she hardly notices it. Thanks Ruffwear!

  • Alice M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    Walking backpack!

    This backpack is a lifesaver! After having a shoulder replacement, it sure is helpful to have my GSD carry some of the load!

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