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.

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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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Leslie K.
United States

Trail pup

It took a minute to even the loads but there was very little slip to one side and rode evenly on my dog's back after that. I have a 78 lb yellow lab and ordered the medium based on his measurements. It was at the very large end of adjustments. Dori loves the water and so he ended up eating a lot of soggy meals on that trip. The one suggestion I would like to make is adding grommet drain holes to the bottoms of the pouches. He loved it and had a great time, even if he was eating wet dog food.

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Kenneth K.
United States

The pack is well constructed

The pack is well constructed and my dog was comfortable with it right away. He had never worn a pack before and he has no problems with it. Every time he sees me get it out he knows he's going on an adventure and gets very excited.

Christopher L.
United States

Great pack

Pack fit perfect with Plenty of room in the pockets for the liter size water bags and everything else we needed for the trail.

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Valerie G.
United States

Comfortable and backcountry ready

An excellent pack we have used for both day hikes and 3 day backpacking adventures. The fit is comfortable, doesn’t appear to hinder her natural movements at all, and my dog gets super excited when I pull out the pack. For overnight trips, I store her dry food in separate portion-sized Ziploc bags, which also helps to keep food dry when she decides to play in river crossings. My dog is a 55lbs medium sized dog, Shepherd/Sharpei mix breed, and the medium fits her perfectly.

Ben S.
United States

Better for certain breeds

The straps were abrasive on my vizsla. A breed with a thicker coat would have fewer issues.

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