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- A great everyday pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality.
- Attached saddlebags with lightweight streamlined, go-fast shape.
- Weight-forward saddlebag design for ideal load-carrying position.
- Trail-savvy details like waterproof zippers, high-visibility reflective trim, external gear loops, and durable construction.
- Comfort-fit Web Master™ Harness frame ensures good structure, stability, and load dispersion.
- Five-point adjustable fit and extended size range to accommodate dogs of all sizes.
- FIT TIPS: The pack's harness should have an all-around snug fit for a stable load and to prevent movement or shifting of the saddlebags. Be sure that each saddlebag has an equal and balanced load.
In-between sizes?: Choose the smaller pack for a lighter load and less bulk. Please do not use saddlebag capacity as your only sizing consideration; use the girth fit for best results.
Measure your dog's girth: measurement around the widest part of the rib cage.
• XXS: 12 - 19 in / 30 - 48 cm.
• XXS Capacity: 122 cu in / 2 L.
• XS: 17 - 24 in / 43 - 61 cm.
• XS Capacity: 305 cu in / 5 L.
• SM: 21 - 30 in / 53 - 76 cm.
• SM Capacity: 549 cu in / 9 L.
• MD: 26 - 36 in / 66 - 91 cm.
• MD Capacity: 732 cu in / 12 L.
• LG: 32 - 48 in / 81 - 122 cm.
• LG Capacity: 976 cu in / 16 L.
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While trying to give her dog Moqui a drink, Liz emptied half of her water bottle into a plastic bag and held it while the Rhodesian Ridgeback took a few slurps. Moqui then walked away panting, and Liz was left holding the bag—she couldn't set it down without losing the water and she didn't want to dump what was left back into her water bottle. "You need to do something about this," Liz said, challenging Patrick to develop a solution.
Patrick Kruse was the right person to ask. As a kid he constructed packs for his dog out of army surplus gas mask bags, using them on backpack trips in Northern California's Trinity Alps. As a young adult, he sailed for several years as crew on charter boats in the Caribbean and Central America where being resourceful was a necessity. Patrick's interest in kayaking lead him to start Salamander Paddle Gear acquainting him with numerous technical fabrics. With this unique mix of knowledge and experience Patrick developed The Quencher™, the original collapsible food and water bowl for dogs—and the solution to Liz and Moqui's drinking problem.
In 1994, after 16 months of research and development and product testing, Ruff Wear made its enthusiastically welcomed debut at an Outdoor Retailer trade show with The Quencher™. Since, it has won praise from thirsty dogs and been in a range of publications. "They were impressed with the simplicity, quality and function of The Quencher™ and wanted to see what other solutions we could come up with," Patrick says.
Ruff Wear now offers a full line of innovative performance dog gear. In addition to collapsible bowls, the company produces a full line of dog-related equipment designed to enhance the interaction between humans and dogs. A brief listing of gear includes dog packs, dog boots, dog harnesses, dog coats, and dog life jackets.
"We want to enhance the experience of all dogs and their two legged companions," Patrick says. Besides those who are active with their pets, trainers, working dogs, Search and Rescue teams, Canine Companions and Guide Dog Users all have become Ruff Wear supporters and each present specific challenges in product development. "My needs pale in comparison to those who depend on their dogs for assistance," he says. "The specific tasks and companionship dogs provide is really incredible. It puts a smile on my face when people appreciate the simple design approach that we build into our gear to address complex tasks."
"We’ve always been oriented toward products that will enhance and assist the interaction between dogs and humans. And that has always been and will continue to be our motivation."
Ruffwear Approach Pack™
Overall this is a good buy, it seems durable, and a good material. My two year old miniature schnauzer still does not love it, but then again he does not like anything on him. He is about 15 pounds and the XSS fits him just about right. Walks have improved somewhat, he still pulls at times but it is a good workout. He used to go jogging and come home and be as hyper as when he left but now he has calmed down a lot, maybe the additional weight on his walks. Or my baby is just getting older!
- Anonymous - customer
- from NY
- February 23, 2012
Fantastic pack, my dog took to it straight away. It's absolutely perfect for our day hikes, and it gives my dog a workout... The lead attachments are really sturdy, and the stitching is much similar to what you see on a belay harness. Although, on the sizing it says if your dog is in between sizes, to opt for the smaller of the sizes for a more snug fit. Perhaps because my dog's body is long and slender with a medium chest, I could have gone for the larger, but it does the job. When Ruff Wear comes out with a newer model I will get the larger size next time.
I'd also recommend: Ruff Wear Single Track Pack
- Crystal S - customer
- October 21, 2011
Very well made dog pack. It's sturdy and seems comfortable on my Bernesse Mountain Dog. The only thing I didn't like is that when not loaded it looks like wings on the dog. I loved the blue color! Excellent service from Zappos.
- Anonymous - customer
- September 14, 2011
Great pack, fits our 105 lbs lab well, seems to be comfortable for him. We got the large.
- Dj a - customer
- from North Newton ks
- September 8, 2011
Great pack! Medium size was a sturdy and functional fit on a 70lb female American bulldog. Maiden voyage was a 15 miler in the rain, start to finish on Maryland at this March. Bailey carried 2 liters and snacks no problems.
- Anonymous - customer
- from Keedysville,MD
- April 23, 2012