User Review: Ruff Wear Approach Pack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.99
So far so good. It's worth the extra money.
- Fits snuggly
I have had this pack for a year and a half now, but we have not done a year and a half worth of hiking so I will update you guys if anything changes. So far it has been outstanding. I bought it new at Cabelas because I had a $50 gift card there. I have the blue, size lg, for my 90lb mutt Ellie.
We have done 15 or so day hikes, and one or two overnights and the pack has held up great. After being banged and brushed by rocks, bushes, and trees the material has not ripped. It has even been through streams, and while its not water proof, its still in one very whole piece.
The harness portion feels extremely well made, and all the seems are still in perfect shape. the zippers are also extremely high quality, there is not any danger of them breaking or coming undone. The bags feel a little more flimsy, but so far that has not been the case zero rips or holes to date.
Comfort and Features:
The buckles and straps are all padded so Elle does not get blisters or hotspots, and it fits very snuggly. There is tons of room in the pockets (maybe a little too much room). It easily fits 7 days worth of dog food (at 2c a meal) and some treats.
The harness portion of the pack has a handle that you can easily grab (my brother lifted Elle right of the ground by it and the pack did not break!!) and a sturdy ring to attach a leash. there are also loops on either side for err storage ? And the pack has some reflective portions which is a nice touch. The bags are not boxy either, they contour to the body fairly nicely.
As the other reviews were saying, sizing runs large. Ellie fits in a large but there is plenty of leftover room in both torso straps, and the chest straps are as small as they will go.
My brother has a small pitbull (45 lb) and opted for the Mountainsmith bag. We did the CT section of the AT in 5 days; by day 2 poor Holly had been rubbed raw by the straps, and my brother had to carry her bag. Ellie has had no raw spots from this pack as of yet.
I highly recommend this pack , you won't be sorry you spent the extra money.