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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) 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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Joshua W.
United States

Love it

Run a hiking company and I use the dogs to help out. Not sure we could do it with it your equipment.

Susan B.
United States

He loves it!

My 10-year-old mini Aussie has never been so frisky on a hike! He was unstoppable for all 9 miles, and the only difference from our previous hikes was, he was wearing his own backpack. He was carrying next to nothing, just to get him used to it. But it sure was nice to have him carry his own litter! He’s 35 lbs and the small fits him perfectly.

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Lisa M.
United States

Great pack for my pooch!

The Approach Pack has been a great purchase so far. I bought a medium for my 60 pound pit mix and it fits him great. He can run around in it and it doesn't budge (unless I've packed it unevenly!). Big enough to carry his food, water and bedding. Would recommend.

United States

Nice pack.

Fits great and was easy to adjust. My big guy flys over rocks and logs on the trail just like he always has and the pack stays right where it belongs. I do have to be careful to balance the load from side to side to keep it even on his back. He's plowed through the trees and brush chasing things and no rips or tears so far. So far so good and I'm happier he's carrying his own supplies.

Lisa F.
United States

Perfect dog pack!

I purchased the Approach Pack and just love the functionality and fit on my energetic standard poodle. We go on walks and hikes and he can carry water, treats, poo bags, my phone, etc. He is 50 pounds, but size small is perfect for him. The pack gives him a job and he looks great in it!