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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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)
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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.

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Ratings & Reviews

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Cassidy P.
United States United States
  • Dog's Name Deegan

Can’t wait for summer!

This pack fits my dog Deegan almost perfectly! I initially ordered a Medium and the chest and actual pack itself are the right size, but the straps I had to adjust all the way to the end to the largest setting. I had the brush guard on too at the time and knew this wasn’t going to work. I was able to return both products and then ordered the L/XL, and the pack was WAY too big. It was hanging well below Deegan’s elbow which would prevent him from walking let alone run on the trails. I was able to return the L/XL and then order the Medium again, no brush guard this time. I think it will be okay as it is the winter months here in VT so maybe Deegan just has some winter weight and it will fit fine in the spring/Summer! Either way this product is beautifully made and I experience led great customer service. Most of Deegan’s outdoor gear is Ruffwear and we haven’t been disappointed yet!

Cassidy Peck verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
Beryl I.
United States United States
  • Dog's Name Buddy

Nice size

Great once I figured out how to put the brush guard on and easily get the pack on Buddy. He is very patient.

David T.
United States United States
  • Dog's Name Kya

Difficult size in bags

My dog liked it fine, but the bags are large enough that you would not want to keep the pack on the dog once a day of hiking is done, and are unable to remove the bags without removing the harness as well (as you can with the even larger pack). Close to perfect, but lacks the flexibility we need on the trail.

Michele T.
United States United States
  • Dog's Name Kramer and Jolly

Great dog pack

I purchased two large, orange Ruff Wear Approach Packs for two dogs to carry (2) 2-liter collapsable bottles of water to the dog park. Both dogs love it when I put the Packs over their head and snap the two buckles under the side flap. Instantly they switch into "working dog" mode and proudly carry the packs for a block to the dog park. This has been an excellent tool and they look really sharp, they seem comfortable too. Thank you Ruff Wear!!

Michele Toby verified customer review of Approach™ PackMichele Toby verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
Kacie L.
United States United States

Love it!

We love the packs. We do long backpacking trips with our 2 Border Collies and they carry their own food and some small dog supply’s. Packs are durable and fit great. We got size small for both our border collies.

Kacie Leahan verified customer review of Approach™ Pack
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