Approach Pack - Ruffwear Dog Backpack for Day Hikes & Overnight Adventures

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The Approach Pack by Ruffwear is a great camping and trekking dog backpack that is ideal for day hikes or overnight adventures.  Made from 420D ripstop nylon, it is rugged and durable, yet lightweight, dog rucksack that has a comfortable, streamlined design that, when fit properly, will stay stable on your dog's back. 

The Approach Pack is available in 4 sizes and bright 'hi-viz' Orange Poppy.   Scroll down the page for sizing instructions.

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Features

  • Five adjustment points - these allow the pack to be adjusted and snugly fitted to a wide variety of dog shapes. With proper fit, this adjustability ensures the pack will stay stable on your dog (not slide back and forth) and should not interfere with your dog's range of motion.
  • Trail-ready saddlebag design - the panniers have 2 zipped compartments on each side so your dog can carry their food, water, leads, bowls or other trail essentials.  As well the zippers are coated to run smooth, there are external gear loops, and there is side reflective trim for improved visibility in low light conditions.
  • Handy padded back handle - the handle has been positioned on the back of the pack so you can assist your dog over rocks and obstacles in a controlled manner. 
  • Two leash attachment points - there is a single-piece, anodised aluminium V-ring just at the front of the back handle or a webbing loop sitting further back behind the handle. 
  • Weight-forward saddlebag design - the streamlined design of the panniers creates passive compression that stabilises the pack contents.
  • An integrated harness - the panniers are attached to an underlying 'Web Master Harness' which provides load stability and weight distribution. The underbelly straps on the harness are padded for comfort and to minimise the risk of chaffing.  Click here to see a video on the harness and it's adjustment.
  • Low-light visibility trim - reflective trim runs across each side of the pack

Sizing

To determine the best size for your dog, measure around your dog's girth/chest - just behind your dog's front legs - then compare it to the chart below.  Be sure to measure around the widest part of your dog's chest (measure around it just like you were measuring around your own chest). Click here for a video on how to measure your dog's chest.

It is important for the pack to fit snug.Just like with saddlebags on a horse the pack should fit snugly so it stays stable and doesn't shift and rub.  

Do not size up just to get extra capacity.  Always size by the chest measure.

* PLEASE NOTE: it is not recommended that your dog carry more than 20% of their body weight in their dog pack.   If your dog is new to dog packs, start with an empty bag and gradually work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack.

Size Fits Chests Measuring Capacity Weight of Pack
XS 43-56cm (17-22") 7 L 0.36kg
S 56-69cm (22-27") 12.5 L 0.48kg
M 69-81cm (27-32") 14.5 L 0.52kg
L/XL 81-107cm (32-42") 24 L 0.59kg

Washing instructions:  

Secure fasteners and hand wash in mild detergent.   Hang dry.

How to Measure Your Dog's Girth

 

 

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Still an adventure pup in training ..

Indy loves her Approach Pack - Ruffwear Dog Backpack for Day Hikes & Overnight Adventures!

She's still a pup but she's learning how to be an adventure doggo. The second I pull it out she knows we are up to something. It is easy to get on and the clips and adjustability of it see that it fits her now and when she becomes fully grown.
Even empty it doesn't flop around to annoy her. She LOVES wearing it and it doesn't seem to restrict her ability to move naturally.

We are looking forward to bigger adventures together with it.

IG: @phila_holmes

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Highly recommend the Approach Pack for large dogs

Great quality and fit, snug with little movement, maremma behaves better when wearing it on walks. Love all the features, no complaints, great product.

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A comfortable and quality running or walking lead

I have used many leads for running with my dogs and this one is excellent. It’s another quality Ruff Wear product that will be my go to running lead.

The Beacon - Safety Light

Harness for pleasurable dog walking

These are the second lot for my schnoodle and mini-schnauzer. The schnoodle wore his out running through the scrub whilst the mini backed out of his and lost it in thick dunes at the beach! Beware dogs with large shoulders and small heads! Definitely fantastic harnesses.

What I was looking for

I have a 50kg Swiss Shepherd... Who is much stronger than me. I originally had the singletrak harness/pack, I jimmed up front clip... As I Need it.
Great... Love it, front clip works well.
Fits what you need, water, bowl, poop bags, lead..
Bag is small enough that Falkor will happily run, (will not run with Palisade pack only trot)
Down sides...
Check your dog size... I automatically assumed that as Falkor fitted the L/XL singletrak that he would fit this one... He did, but there wasn't much room at all to expand... Literally wouldn't fit him if I let him get fat... While the singletrak has a lot more room to grow,
It basically has zero reflective bits... Just some of the front... If you have a fluffy dog... You will see their reflective eyes before you see the reflective strips... None on the sides.. just a small amount on the zip pully bits.
It lacks the extra attachment point that the single track has at the rear... Also seems to be made of a less rugged material for the bags than the singletrak
Still if I had to pick one I would pick this one... Over the palaisade/webmaster, single track, and flagline. Unless your dog is too small to carry their own water and poop.

Webmaster harness.

Maggie wasn’t sure about the harness at first but seems to like it now. She is a 30+ kg greyhound and very energetic, we have had a few incidents where she has slipped her martingale collar so we decided to look at harnesses. Several in our group suggested this one. We also bushwalk and Maggie would love nothing better than to chase the foxes and kangaroos on our walks. We have much more control on her now.