Ruffwear Approach™ Dog Backpack Review

When hiking with our dog, Parker, our biggest challenge is carrying all the things.

Our backpack is already full of snacks, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and water for the human kids. Yet, we still have water, water bowl, snacks, and poo bags to pack for our canine kid.

Ruffwear sent us their Approach Backpack to review just in time for school to be out and our summer outdoor adventures to begin.

Ruffwear Approach Backpack
Ruffwear Approach Backpack

The Ruffwear Approach Backpack is a harness for dogs that offer saddlebag storage and all-day comfort for your four-legged family members.

The saddlebags contain four total zippered pouches; enough space for water, dog bowls, snacks, food, and those pesky poo bags.

During our testing period, we took Parker on several multi-hour hikes. We were able to store ample supplies, but it is worth noting that Ruffwear suggests that dogs carry no more than 25% of their body weight and to start them out with lighter loads to build up their endurance.

Parker is a big dog and eventually, he’ll be able to carry around 20 pounds. For the testing period, he carried anywhere from 3-7 pounds of supplies. And even with that, there was plenty of room for more light items.

The Ruffwear Approach Backpack is made of a light and durable 150 denier polyester. The saddlebags have a radial cut to provide a comfortable fit and throughout our hikes moved easily with Parker.

Each side has a lower main compartment zipper and an upper side stash zipper. The lower pockets were the perfect size for flat water bottles, food, leashes, and stashing full poo bags. The smaller pockets up top were great for snack bags and his collapsible water bowl.

Ruffwear Approach Backpack
Ruffwear Approach Backpack

On the top of the Approach Backpack, Ruffwear has a padded handle to lift Parker up and over large boulders or sections of trail that were too technical for him. Next to the handle is a metal v-ring for leash attachment.

On the underside of the pack, there is a five point adjustment system. There are three points of adjustment on the chest plate and two additional straps on the underside of the backpack. This allows you to size accordingly to your pup’s size and make sure that the pack is stable, but not too tight; just enough to remove any sway or shifts in the pack.

During each hike, I monitored Parker to make sure the pack was comfortable. Throughout his tail was wagging as he walked down the trail.

After the hike, after I removed the pack, I inspected Parker to make sure there was no rubbing caused by the pack and there wasn’t. He seemed very comfortable throughout.


Overall, I was very impressed with the Ruffwear Approach Backpack. And so way Parker!

It is a very well made, comfortable, and durable piece of hiking equipment.

If you are wanting to hike with your pup and not carry all their crap, this is a great investment. The Ruffwear Approach Backpack is a winning combination. Any time I pull it out, Parker gets excited because he knows a hike is coming!

Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl Review

The Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is an outstanding product that I highly recommend to any pet owner.

Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl

The bowl is made of high-quality, dent-resistant material, ensuring that it will last a long time, even with the most active and enthusiastic dogs. The bowl can hold up to eight cups of kibble or water, making it perfect for even the biggest and thirstiest dogs.

My dog Parker loves to drink from the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl. He never spills water or slobbers all over the floor, thanks to the large size of the bowl. This has been a game changer for me, as I used to have to clean up water from the floor multiple times a day. The bowl is also dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning up after Parker a breeze.

Another great feature of the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is its non-slip bottom. No matter how enthusiastic Parker gets while drinking or eating, the bowl stays put, preventing spills and reducing the risk of accidents. The non-slip bottom also ensures that the bowl won’t move around while Parker is eating, allowing him to eat in peace without being disturbed.

Finally, the design of the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is simply stunning. The bowl has a sleek, modern look that will complement any home decor, making it a great choice for pet owners who value style as well as functionality.

In conclusion, I am extremely satisfied with the Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl and would recommend it to any pet owner looking for a high-quality, durable, and functional dog bowl. Parker loves it, and I’m sure your furry best friend will too!