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The Ruffwear Approach™ Pack is an everyday 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.

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) 366 in³ (6 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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Laura M.
United States

Great fitting pack

I purchased two packs for my boys for an upcoming hiking trip. They are a nice quality and don't shift around as much as other packs we've used. They are also very roomy. It can sometimes be difficult to snap the packs on when my dogs are excitedly wiggling around due to having the fasteners under the bags, but overall, I'm very satisfied with this purchase!

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Paul M.
United States

Not sure yet

My Australian Shepherd LOVES to hike/backpack, but he seems uncertain while wearing this pack. I don’t think it’s the pack itself, necessarily; but I’m having trouble adjusting its fit.

Sean W.
United States


Great, My Beagle loves to show off her new pack

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Renee C.
United States

Great backpack

This backpack stays straight better than any other we have tried. It seems comfortable and does not limit mobility, even on scrambles. It holds much more than expected and has held up well to romps through the woods!

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Holly A.
United States

Great quality and fit!

Bought for our 85 lbs lab and it is an awesome fit on him! Also, builts super well and seems like it is going to last us for a very long time!