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.

Great Companions

Ratings & Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Molly M.
United States

Excellent Pack

The pack is well made and fits great! My dog actually looks forward to wearing it.

Molly M. verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
linda s.
United States

Dog back pack

love this pack my dog has no problem wearing it fits well stays centered and has plenty of space to put things in

Kathryn W.
United States

Great Pack and Great Customer Service

It was easy to get started with this pack! I would have appreciated a more in-depth fit guide, but a quick email to customer service and my questions were answered! Pack specs are accurate and our dog who has never carried anything has had no problem getting used it and the gradual increase in weight.

Kathryn W. verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
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.

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