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RUFFWEAR - Approach Dog Pack, Backpack for Hiking and Camping
- HIKE, CAMP, AND EXPLORE: Share more adventures and go further with the Approach Pack; It allows your dog to carry their gear and gets them excited about hitting the trails
- TRAIL-READY: Stash treats, bowls, and more in the pockets and on the external gear loops; Reflective trim and a light loop for The Beacon (sold separately) provide visibility in low-light conditions
- BALANCED WEIGHT: Designed with weight-forward saddlebags that help stabilize pack contents for easy, comfortable carrying; Be sure to limit the load to 25% of your dog’s weight
- COMFORTABLE: Features an integrated harness with 5 points of adjustment for just the right fit; A padded handle and supportive straps allow for controlled and comfortable lifting over tough terrain
- SAFE & SECURE: Clip in with the strong aluminum V-ring and reinforced webbing loop leash attachment points
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The Approach Pack provides dogs with the ability to efficiently and comfortably carry their own gear, generating instant four-legged motivation to explore. The integrated harness enhances fit, pack stability, and overall performance. Specifically designed saddlebags create a passive compression system that is form-fitting and provides easier, more balanced load carrying for your dog. With lightweight materials and a streamlined design, the Approach backpack is comfortable and allows dogs to carry all their trail necessities. It’s a great option for day hikes and overnight adventures.
Product detailsColor:Orange Poppy | Size:Medium
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 23.22 x 12.6 x 1 inches; 0.04 Ounces
- Item model number : 50102
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : January 12, 2017
- Manufacturer : Ruffwear
- ASIN : B01MZ9DIFP
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Edit: Update, I have used this pack for over a year now and I still love it. Everything about it has held up very well, through brush, water, and snow. The zippers, the lifting strap, the buckles, and the D ring have all done well. I can't imagine buying another pack.
The dogs really love these things. With out it on a walk, she just trots along content. With the pack on, she struts on her toes, tail waging wildly all proud like she's telling everyone, "Look at me! Check it out, I'm wearing a backpack!" Pretty funny.
Thanks Amazon for the easy exchange.
Glad I did. Stitching is solid. 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 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?). I hope to update this review in the future once we have tried a hot humid day in Texas, rather than a cool spring day in Montana.
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It might appear obvious but it is essential to balance the weight on each side. I limited out first outing to 3 miles with only towels stuffed in peddle bin liners on each side of the pack. We fine tune adjusted the harness during the walk and Dennis (featured) has a tendency for over exuberance. Whilst I walked 3 miles I'm certain Dennis ran, swam, paddled, walked and rolled many more. Initially I had concerns he would find the pack cumbersome and restrictive... but not at all. He still pushed through brambles, jumped gates and even managed to roll in badger poo (his favourite) without any issue.
She already uses a Ruffwear Webmaster harness, so she readily accepted this backpack, since it is based on the Webmaster format.
It is sturdy, well designed, water resistant (I'd say water proof in all but the worst rainstorms), has well thought out pockets, two for smaller items, two for larger items. It allows her to take the food and drink she needs for a day hike.
She carries it proudly and without protest. It does not slow her down in the slightest.
I wash it clean in the washing machine, using NikWax waterproofing laundry products, as I do for my own kit.