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NEW 2024 Colours & Updates! Perfect for hikes & day trips, the Front Range Day Pack is a streamlined, comfortable dog backpack that lets your dog carry all their essentials - plus a little more!

River Rock Green
Basalt Grey
Red Clay

The Ruffwear Front Range Day Pack is the perfect dog pack for days out exploring.   With a comfortable fit similar to the popular Front Range Harness, this pack has an integrated padded harness and belly strap that has 5 points of adjustability - this gives it exceptional fit and pack stability.  It has a front loading design which means the saddlebags sit comfortably towards the shoulders in an ergonomic position. 

This canine rucksack also has 3 leash attachment options including a V-ring and a tow loop on the back. Plus it has a reinforced webbing loop on the chest that can be used, alongside training techniques, to redirect dogs that may pull a bit on the leash. 

There is also a back handle that you can use to help your dog over obstacles and river crossings.

New improvements for 2024: Easier adjustment on the girth and belly straps, and an updated front attachment point for improved durability.  Plus more recycled materials in the shell, webbing and lining.

Scroll down to see the video below that provides a great overview of the pack’s features and highlights the fit of this pack.

Sizing the Front Range Day Pack

Measure around the widest part of their chest/rib cage.  So around your dog's girth.

In between sizes? Ruffwear recommend SIZING UP if your dog is a stable weight  

 Size Chest Measure Weight of Pack* Capacity
XS 43-56cm (17-22") 0.32kg 4.5L
S 56-69cm (22-27") 0.43kg 8L
M 69-81cm (27-32") 0.48kg 10.5L
L/XL 81-107cm (32-42") 0.61kg 18.5L

*Dog's should not carry more than 25% of their weight

If your dog is new to packs, start with a light load and work up over a few weeks to a heavier load.  **Always bear in mind your dog's fitness level and age.

Key Features of the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Pack:

  • Stable Gear Carry - the weight-forward, radial cut pannier design stablises the pack contents equally on the back
  • 3 Leash Attachment Points - an aluminium V-Ring on the back, reinforced webbing loop on the chest, and a rear back reinforced webbing tow loop
  • Internal Stretch Mesh Pockets - allow you to organise items in the pack
  • 5 Points of Adjustment - for an optimal, comfortable fit
  • Low-profile Padded Back Handle - so you can assist your dog over logs and obstacles
  • Foam-padded Construction - and belly panel for comfortable extended wear
  • Low-Light Reflection - tonal reflective accents for low light visibility and a light loop where you can attach The Beacon (sold separately).
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  • Shell: Durable 300 denier polyester ripstop (Bluesign® approved, 63% recycled)
  • Padding: Closed-cell foam
  • Lining: Polyester knit mesh (100% recycled)
  • Webbing: 100% Polyester (30% recycld)
  • Zipper: Reverse coil YKK #5
  • Chest Leash Connection: Nylon webbing in molded TPU
  • Back Leash Connection: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum V-ring
  • Buckles: ITW Nexus Mach 1 side-release buckles
  • Misc: Power mesh internal pocket


Hand wash with mild detergent.  Air dry only.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Belinda H.
Perfect pack

Sunny the Dalmatian is still being conditioned to wearing the pack. It’s something new for him but we’re getting there. We have a pack dog trial coming up and this pack will be perfect

Great product and great service

I got the front range day pack for a multi day trek with my border collie. It worked really well. It fit him comfortably and didn’t rub and we had a great few days in the bush just him and I. We had several strangers stop and ask for photos of him in his cute little backpack. The assistance I got from canine spirit when choosing which pack would be best was that of a small town country store. Very warm and personal and helpful. I’d definitely buy from them again.

My dog can carry his own water now!

We've done a couple of hikes/walks now with increasing load (now 5kg on a 33kg dog) and this pack is brilliant. The L/XL is a great fit on my shepherd with plenty of room for water, booties, poo bags, all the essentials. The material is rugged enough that squeezing between boulders/trees has been no issue so far. Love this product and would recommend, however note that the next size down (M) is only half the capacity.

Lina M.
Front Range Day Pack

Love the Front Range Day Pack and the size is perfect but I find it very difficult to adjust the straps but maybe they're tight for a reason. An improvement would also be to have reflective strips on the top of the pack also?

Sachini S.
A little smaller than I hoped

I bought it after I measured the lengths for my dog, and I found myself really having to lengthen it to the very end of the straps to get it to fit my dog. I found the packs even though it states 10L was a bit smaller than I hoped for