Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack Review in 2017

The Ruffwear Approach Pack is an everyday 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.

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The integrated harness, combined with the lightweight materials and a streamlined design, is comfortable and allows dogs to carry more trail necessities. Great for day hikes and overnight adventures. It’s recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their 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. The Approach Pack is available in 5 sizes. Select the correct size based on your dog’s girth (measurement around the widest part of the rib cage). XX-Small: 13-17 inches (33-43 cm); X-Small: 17-22 inches (43-56 cm); Small: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm); Medium: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm); Large/X-Large: 32-42 inches (81-107 cm). Washing Instructions: Secure the fasteners; Hand

It’s recommended that your dog carry no more than 25% of their body weight in their 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. The Approach Pack is available in 5 sizes. Select the correct size based on your dog’s girth (measurement around the widest part of the rib cage). XX-Small: 13-17 inches (33-43 cm); X-Small: 17-22 inches (43-56 cm); Small: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm); Medium: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm); Large/X-Large: 32-42 inches (81-107 cm). Washing Instructions: Secure the fasteners; Hand

The Approach Pack is available in 5 sizes. Select the correct size based on your dog’s girth (measurement around the widest part of the rib cage). XX-Small: 13-17 inches (33-43 cm); X-Small: 17-22 inches (43-56 cm); Small: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm); Medium: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm); Large/X-Large: 32-42 inches (81-107 cm). Washing Instructions: Secure the fasteners; Hand wash with mild detergent; Air dry.

I personally invested in this backpack since I’m an outdoor junkie and here’s my honest thoughts on it.

I had read reviews on the upgrade from this one where you could remove the pack. I thought that would be handy, but didn’t want to shell out the difference. So I took a chance on this one due to other reviews.

Glad I did. Stitching is solid. The material is solid. I like the handle. It does ride forward over the shoulders. The pack size itself is large but can fit a 1L water bladder easily and that is what I use for weight. It has the big pockets, and then one smaller pocket above it to put treats, keys, whatever in.

Someone else mentioned in a review about a male dog perhaps urinating on the straps. Like that review, I didn’t see a problem of the misplaced stream on it, which I have had problems with on the cheaper pack I got from Petsmart.

The straps fit great. They didn’t seem to rub him. He ran around quite happily with it. It is a little hard to put on a full pack if your dog wiggles, but mine sits very nicely while I take the time to strap it on. I like the breast Y-shaped strap; the cheaper one I had previously bought did not use it, and with the Ruffwear Approach I really felt like the pack was secure on my dog. I wasn’t worried about it slipping and sliding or putting pressure on his neck. We went on a 6-mile hike and it remained in place the entire time.

I like the color. Bright enough to be noticed.

In all, very pleased. Not sure about how heat will be with this–we didn’t go on a hot summer day yet! There is no mesh material to help with that (probably because mesh won’t hold up to heavy use?)

Either way it’s winter now, so I think it’s a great bag for all the dog lovers out there 🙂

At the time of this article, this Ruffwear Approach Bag is on sale on Amazon and comes with free shipping. You can get it HERE.

 

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