Not dorky. Practical.
Fanny packs have made a comeback in the past year because they are so damn practical. Outside’s Gear Guy recently reviewed the Mountainsmith Tour, calling it the “perfect piece of gear.” The only downside? The fully featured pack will put you back $80. For those of you who need something a little less feature-heavy, here are five more budget options, all under $50.
Salomon Agile Single Belt ($35)
This pack is so small, people might just mistake it for a belt. Built for runners, it's made from elastic jersey and 3D mesh so it stretches and compresses to keep everything in place no matter how hard you go.
Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack Del Dia ($30)
Here’s the bag for those who wear their fanny packs loud and proud. There’s no hiding these bright colors, and the three-liter size means it’s capable of carrying everything you need for a day-long festival.
Mystery Ranch Hip Monkey ($50)
Built from tough 500D Cordura fabric, with compression straps to tighten the load, this pack is made for long days on the trail. At eight liters, it’s one of the roomier waist packs out there.
REI Co-op Trail 2 ($25)
If you don’t want to call attention to yourself, this two-liter pack made from lightweight nylon is the best, understated choice.
Dakine Hot Laps ($35)
On your next ride, ditch your big pack for the 1.5-liter Hot Laps, which is big enough to carry a tube, tools, and a water bottle. We like the fleece-lined phone pocket, too.