User Review: Ruff Wear Approach Pack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75
Great pack, dog doesn't mind it and it stays put.
- Fits well
- Stays put
- Comfortable for dog
- The coverage of the harness on my dogs back gets hot
- Doesn't drain water well
This pack is highly adjustable and fits my dog great. It has never chafed him or irritated his skin, granted it is adjusted properly. I have however seen a couple dogs wearing this harness where the chest strap is rubbing on the back of their legs and the pack is almost completely sideways on their backs, so proper adjustment is key, just like on our packs.
I have him carry his own food and a lightweight bowl, with his foam pad rolled up on top. He often comes with me in the winter while skinning and tends to bomb through the woods on the decent, and this thing has seen some serious bushwacking haha.
The handle is great for helping him over icey surfaces or wet rock. It is rugged, doesn't get snagged on things easily, and has tons of loops for hanging/rigging gear to the pack.
One thing I may do is punch holes in the bottom of the side bags to allow for water to drain. They are pretty water resistant and rain rarely makes the contents wet, but, if your dog decides he wants to go for a swim, the bags will saturate and if water gets inside, they don't drain well at all, and the only way to get the water out effectively (other than flipping your dog over and shaking him, which never goes over well) is to remove the pack, unzip the bags, and dump it.
The only other thing I would maybe change would be to have cutout sections in the top of the harness for breathability, or even a perforated material would be adequate. It doesn't breath at all, and with the material being black it gets really hot on a warm summer day. I may take it to a seamstress/tailor and have the harness back modified to allow for some breathability. I feel like the design lends itself very well to distributing weight across the dogs back, but the top of the harness is definitely overkill for the 14lb carrying limit of my 70lb dog.