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Ruff Wear Approach Pack (2016) Dog Backpack


Sale Price $34.95


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Sale Price $34.95


You Save $45.00 56%

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Item # RUF53202M
Reflecting Ruffwear's commitment to complete adjustability and a customized fit, the Ruffwear Approach Pack enables your four-legged hiking companion to accompany you on your adventures with his very own pack in tow!



Reflecting Ruffwear’s commitment to complete adjustability and a customized fit, the Approach Pack enables your four-legged hiking companion to accompany you on your adventures with his very own pack in tow! Two large zippered saddlebags provide ample room for food, water, bowls and other gear.

The Approach Pack's low-profile saddlebags are designed to withstand the rigors of backcountry activity, provide storage space and keep the load comfortably balanced. A weight-forward design makes certain that the load is ideally situated to avoid hampering your dog's natural gait. A contoured, athletic cut provides your dog with a close-fitting performance fit. Eliminating the need for extraneous straps, a patented Web Master spider-web harness provides superior fit, load-carrying stability and support. The interior lining of the harness utilizes foam to cushion the weight and protect your dog from excessive rubbing and hot spots. Your dog is further protected from rub by a fleece-lined covering that wraps around the Approach Pack's woven straps. Reflective trim adds visibility and makes the Approach Pack easy to spot at night.

Side release buckles and sturdy hardware make the Approach Pack easy to take on and off and provide multiple adjustment points to ensure that your dog enjoys the best possible fit. With your dog’s comfort and safety in mind, Ruffwear has strategically tucked the buckles beneath fabric to cut down on hot spots and irritation.

An integrated handle on the top of the Approach Pack allows you to easily carry the pack when your dog isn't wearing it and serves as an assistance handle when your dog needs a helping hand for on-trail obstacles. Zippers on the saddlebags ensure that the contents of the pack remain secure.

The Ruffwear Approach Pack is also available in your choice of color and size. Please reference the sizing chart for measurement instructions and suggested fit. NOTE: For in-between sizes, choose the smaller pack for a lighter load and less bulk.

  • Attached saddlebags feature an efficient, weight-forward design
  • Web Master Harness frame provides load stability and weight distribution
  • Padded assistance handle makes it easy to help dogs up and over obstacles
  • Trail-ready details: Stash pockets, reverse coil zippers and external gear loops
  • Single-piece, anodized aluminum V-ring provides a secure leash attachment point
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim



Warranty Lifetime
Type Dog Backpack
Capacity XXSmall: 122 cu in
XSmall: 305 cu in
Small: 549 cu in
Medium: 732 cu in
Large: 976 cu in


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 8 real customer reviews)

8 Items

Great Pack
Reviewed by P.A.W. - July 11, 2018

Likes: Fits well and seems very adjustable. My dog Wilson actually loves putting it on and it does not impede him in any way. The handle is comfortable to grip and well balanced if I need to lift him out of a tight spot. Plenty of room for food water, bowl extra leash or whatever for a multi day hike.

Dislikes: Could use some cinch-straps for when the pack is not totally full.

Well made pack
Reviewed by Matt F. - April 23, 2018

Likes: Well made pack. Lots of storage space. Good price on clearance.

Dislikes: If your pet is on the threshold for the next size... buy up a size.

Great for husky/shepherd mix
Reviewed by Lisa P. - April 7, 2017

Likes: Fits comfortably on dogs
Can hold a bunch of different items
Makes my working dogs feel like they are working
Looks good
Does not slide

Dislikes: I bought a single track from this company about three years ago and it came with bladders, I wish this one did as well.

Reviewed by Tom - May 22, 2015

Likes: This pack is perfectly balanced and makes weight distribution a breeze. It is comfortable for my dog (medium size, 85lbs) and hasn't caused any hot spots or wear to her body. She typically carries about 20 lbs - a gallon of water on each side plus some extra gear. Adjustments are simple and the leash harness point is a solid anchor.

Dislikes: None. Could come in more colors or other designs.

Reviewed by Inside Edge Member - February 19, 2015

Likes: The size is good. feels like high quality material.

Dislikes: I found it difficult to adjust when back is on dog. Also found it very difficult to get the back on the dog. Would be nice if all straps that went around dog were clips so I did not have to bend my dogs leg up so high to fit in the loops. Plan on returning, possibly to get palisades because the harness on that one is detachable and it would make it easier to put on dog

Reviewed by Patrick L. - January 23, 2014

Likes: Well made & plenty of space for water, food, folding bowl, & towel. Fit my husky well & seems like it will not shift side-to-side like her old pack did

Dislikes: nothing

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - November 25, 2013

Likes: I like the chest plate fit as it allows straps to sit further back and not(thus far) rub the inside or her elbows. Also really like the color and the relfective stripes, especially since our first run of the day is usally before sunrise. Also, the main purpose of the pack was to provide her an opportunity to "work" and this pack is great for that- she can carry her own bags, treats, water etc. Life time guarentee was also a selling point.

Dislikes: I wish there was an easier way to "hide" the "extra" pieces of strap and an easier way to secure the 2nd strap under the smmall "latch." These are not huge problems, given that she can wear the pack wihtout it causing "friction burns." However, these problems add several minutes to our routine in the morning, including her first trip "out" after 8 hours of sleep.

Reviewed by Lauran O. - May 13, 2013

Likes: Great fit, lots of space and easy access, easy to adjust and no rub spots yet! Lots of padding and doesn't slide around around him, even on full run. Big fan of the blue color too.

Dislikes: My only complaint is there were no directions what so ever included. Some instruction on ideal adjustment and positioning for the specific pack would have been nice. My dogs not a huge fan of the whole pack coming at his face to go over his head, but he is learning to tolerate it because it's associated with hiking trips.

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