Awesome dog pack!
I've spent a lot of time looking for a perfect pack for my 70lb Pit Bull who has sensitive skin. It was really hard to find a pack that would be gentle on her and fit in a perfect way so as not to rub her raw. This pack is it! The underbelly straps are well padded and soft, the sternum strap isn't bulky but it's not too thin either and the tri-point is padded also (though not as cushy as the underbelly straps), and everything is very easily adjusted. The fit of the straps is not only comfortable but very, very stable. You don't need to tighten this pack down hard on your dog for it to stay in place, just snug as you'd wear your own backpack. I played with my dog with her flirt pole to test it (and this is a dog that jumps 5 ft in the air after that toy and does flips) and the pack didn't slide an inch. I only have two warnings about this pack, which depending on your situation may not even be negative, 1) these pockets are HUGE, if you're looking for a really casual pack for walks in the neighborhood where your dog will just be carrying a water bottle and his own droppings, this will probably be too much bag for that. 2) If your dog is a hard puller, I wouldn't rely too much on the clip ring. Aside from those two points, this pack is fantastic.
Great Product, Typical of Ruff Wear!
The Approach Dog Pack is a great addition to any outdoor or high energy dog. I use it on my black lab mix, she is about 65 pounds and the large fits her perfect. We keep her tennis balls, water with bowl, and a towel, some emergency supplies since she never looks before she leaps; bandages, and iodine. The pack can fit a lot more but we cannot really think of anything else to keep in it. The pack is every durable even when she runs in the woods and rolls on the grass. It is easy to clean, with a warm wet towel and some mild detergent. It is easy to put on with only two clips and I love how Ruff Wear products always have the clips that protect the dogs hair from getting caught. The only problem we have had with the Approach is when she does roll around on the grass sometimes one side (depending on what side she is rolling on) of the pack will flip over, it does not bug her or us, since all you have to do is flip it back over. The problem could be fixed by adding an extra clip to the harness, but like I said it really doesnt bug us. The love Ruff Wear products and our next purchase is going to be the K-9 Float Coat, thank you Altrec for your great prices and fast shipping!
Ruffwear Approach Backpack
We bought the Approach backpack for our small, 15-pound Rat Terrier because my husband and I love to backpack and hike/camp, so we thought this would be a great way for him to join in on the fun and give him the task of carrying his own food! We rescued him from a nearby shelter, and he came to us with many behavioral issues (fear, anxiety), so we bought him a backpack for that reason too since we researched that backpacks can help dogs with anxiety. We bought the XS at first, but it was still very large on him. He has a little body with long legs, so the packs on the side were very large. I exchanged the XS for the XXS and it fits much better! The front straps are a little tight around his girth, but I'm hoping to just buy a strap extender/clip to fix that problem. The quality of the backpack is top rate. My husband and I are devoted Osprey backpack fans and this backpack is right up there in regards to amenities - waterproof zippers, padding on straps, thick fabric, etc. It is made just like a human backpacking backpack. We have not had a chance to take him out onto the trails yet, but he wears it on his daily walks and it does not cause any problems with walking or running! Super excited about this product, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a high quality backpack for their dog! We've had many positive compliments on it!