Choosing a Pack for your Next Adventure


Summer is the season for backpacking, camping, and long days on the trail. If your furry trail companion is ready to carry his or her own gear and you’re wondering which pack to choose, we can help. Below, we’ve broken down each of our packs by their distinguishing features and the types of adventures for which they’re designed. Take a look, and start dreaming about where the trails will take you next.

Palisades Pack

Ruffwear’s Palisades Pack is designed for thru-hiking and multiple days on the trail. It has a larger capacity than our other packs, as well as removable saddlebags and two 1-liter collapsible water bladders. Inside the saddlebags, there’s a cross-load compression system that cinches down and stabilizes pack contents. If you’re hitting the trail for more than a couple nights, this is the pack we’d recommend for your dog.


Approach Pack

Our Approach Pack is a great option for long day hikes or overnight backcountry trips. The saddle bags have smaller capacity than those on the Palisades Pack, but size small is still large enough to hold a Highlands Bed. Radial cut weight-forward saddlebags create a passive compression system that is form-fitting and efficient for carrying a load. If you’d like your trail pal to carry his/her own gear on a day outing or one-to-two night backpacking trip, the Approach Pack will do the trick.


Commuter Pack

From town to the trail, the Ruffwear Commuter Pack is ready to take on any adventure in style. This rucksack-inspired pack blends a clean, traditional design with performance features found in all Ruffwear gear. Heathered polyester fabric presents a heritage style that excels in the outdoors, while leather accents, an aluminum V-ring leash attachment, and side-release buckles modernize a classic look. With slightly less saddlebag capacity than the Approach Pack, the Commuter is ideal for everyday outings and day hikes.


Singletrak Pack

Ruffwear’s Singletrak Pack is a sleek, low-profile hydration pack that’s perfect for long days on the trail with just the essentials. The saddlebags fit close to the body, allowing dogs to move with speed and agility, and hold two 0.6-liter collapsible water bladders with enough room left for some treats, pick-up bags, and a small leash. The Singletrak Pack is great for day hikes, trail running, and mountain biking.


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4 thoughts

  1. I bought a set of the approach packs second hand from another Service Dog handler and they fit my 9 1/2 month old GSD pup beautifully with plenty of room for him to grow. He is in training to be my Service Dog and needed a set of packs to wear when we go hiking or on a day trip during the summer. Love the blue color.

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