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 2 bright 'hi-viz' colours - Meadow Green or Orange Poppy. Scroll down the page for sizing instructions.
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
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.
Fits Chests Measuring
Weight of Pack
Secure fasteners and hand wash in mild detergent. Hang dry.
We've tried so many brands of leashes and we came back to ruffwear. It's nice on the hands when the dog pulls (I had leashes cutting my hand because the edges were not soft at all). We don't even use it around the waist, it has a great length enough to give the dog freedom to explore, but it's light so you can wrap around your hands for a shorter lead. And the "traffic handle" is the best thing in the universe. I know it's not cheap but it's worth every penny!
I am so happy with this harness mainly due to the quality. I nhave had other harnesses and they do not even come close in strength and more importantly comfort for my dog. IO find most harnesses are made of that terrrible seatbelt material. But this harness is amazing. It also keeps my staffy stable as i now have the power behind the harness. Pay the little bit extra to get a harness for life, your dog will appreciate it.
As an OAP, walking 2 Basenji has been an increasing physical risk. Being hunter dogs, with a strong urge to chase rabbits, cats etc. they are inclined to suddenly lunge and are quite strong. The front mount for leads has given me back control.
These came the next day! Thanks canine spirit. Best harness ever, looks great and I can now walk two staffies with ease using the front lead connection. Wish I had found this earlier. Both my dogs fit the small. One is 22kgs and the other 13kgs.