Bag Week 2019: An entire bunch of fannies


It’s lastly Bag Week once more! Essentially the most great week of the yr at TechCrunch. Simply in time for again to highschool, we’re bringing you opinions of luggage of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to…

The fanny pack. Or hip pack, waist bag, belt bag, sling, crossbody and typically bum bag, as a result of the place you’re from, a fanny means girl elements. No matter it’s referred to as, I’ve been looking for an all-around go-to various for purses. (I don’t care a lot for them since they don’t match my tee-shirt and holes-in-jeans aesthetic.)

For the previous two months, I’ve been making an attempt out fanny packs (and making an attempt to shove numerous objects into them) for various day by day routines.

I haven’t discovered one which will get the job performed for every part, however listed here are quite a lot of nice fannies.

Herschel Eighteen Hip Pack – $49.99


I personal three Herschel backpacks, all of which have served me effectively for the previous two years, so I used to be fairly stoked about this one. The one drawback although, with my 5’4” wimpy body, I ought to have opted for a smaller bag of their hip pack line. Though it’s smaller than Peak Design’s On a regular basis Sling, the aspect help makes it uncomfortable to put on throughout the chest and solely works as a again sling or fanny pack.


  • Strong development
  • Large major compartment massive sufficient to carry a water bottle, e-book, digital camera and knick-knacks
  • Snug air mesh padding on the again


  • Opening for the 2 entrance storage pockets is just too small, which makes it cumbersome to place issues in, pull issues out
  • Lacking internal pocket inside the primary compartment for keys and pockets so there’s plenty of digging concerned

Dimensions: 7″ (H) x 11″ (W) x 3″ (D)

Extra particulars and specs here.


Second Fanny Sling – $69.99

The high-quality folks at Second, identified for his or her cell phone lenses, just lately launched a collection of luggage and circumstances. Though this bag was designed with the intention of storing their lenses and equipment, it has turn into my boyfriend’s on a regular basis bag since I obtained it again in June. It withstood a dirty Budapest rainstorm, a dirty music competition and a dirty New York summer season.


  • Pockets for days (together with one on the again that matches your pockets or cellphone)
  • Weatherproof shell and zippers
  • Snug for on a regular basis use
  • Versatile, expandable — could be worn throughout the chest, as a conventional fanny pack or sling


  • The Velcro loop that retains extra straps in place wore down after a month and tends to slide off

Dimensions: 5.1″ (H) x 8.25” (W) x 3.75” (D)

Extra particulars and specs here.


Peak Design On a regular basis Sling 5L – $99.95

This was my go-to pictures bag for the summer season. It’s been good for organizing all of the necessities: DSLR, two lenses, SD playing cards, pocket book (or iPad), batteries, and so forth. I really like every part about this bag. That’s it. That’s the evaluation. There’s nothing else I can say.


  • Tons of pockets, dividers of types and padding for all your equipment
  • Tuck-away system to cover extra straps and entrance zipper
  • Fast adjusting straps for when it’s essential to seize your digital camera or to change configurations
  • Weatherproof nylon canvas shell


Dimensions: 7.48″ (H) x 12.2″ (W) x 4.33″ (D)

Extra particulars and specs here.


State Luggage Crosby Fanny Pack – $150

From the graceful leather-based physique to the gold foil embossed brand, that is the classiest one of many bunch, and has been my date night time go-to for the previous month. It’s informal sufficient to decorate with denims and tee-shirt, however trendy sufficient to make it appear like you place within the effort.

The most effective half, although, is that there are good folks behind the merchandise. For each bag you buy, they donate totally packed backpacks to children all through America.


  • Mesh inside pocket to separate smaller gadgets
  • Effectively-made and designed
  • Slip pocket on the again for fast entry to iPhone X


  • The straps began to tablet a little bit after a month of use

Dimensions: 5.00″ (H) x 7.09″ (W) x 1.97″ (D)

Extra particulars and specs here.

Patagonia Light-weight Journey Mini Hip Pack – $29.00

That is the fun-sized sweet bar of fanny packs. It’s lovable, has an 80s throwback colorblock design and folds into its personal pocket when not in use. It’s fairly small and solely holds the necessities (pockets, telephones, keys, and in my case, an inhaler), nevertheless it’s ideally suited for working errands.


  • Sturdy and small
  • Mesh again padding for consolation and breathability
  • Tender adjustable strap


  • Nylon development — it typically appears like a toiletries bag

Dimensions: 7” (W) x 4.5”(H) x 2” (D)

Extra particulars and specs here.


Timbuk2 Slacker Chest Pack – $49.00

That is probably the most primary, but comfy fanny pack. It was my on a regular basis dog-walking bag. It held a water bottle, doggie treats and a collapsible canine bowl, whereas my pockets was tucked into the within mesh pocket. There’s even an in-pocket strap to carry your keys.


  • Air mesh again panel for breathability and luxury
  • Uncomplicated design


  • The zipper doesn’t open your complete width of the bag
  • Straps gained’t modify sufficiently small for skinny folks with slim hips — it’ll fall proper off your booty

Dimensions: 3.94” (H) x 11.2” (W) x 2.48” (D)

Extra particulars and specs here.

Generic fanny pack – free

This isn’t an excellent fanny pack. I’m together with this backside of the barrel bag I obtained as Google schwag throughout CES earlier this yr as a management. It’s made in China with seen threads, sloppily sewn collectively. Ugly, but surprisingly comfy. It will get the job performed and also you don’t have to fret about dropping it. You will get a similar one on Amazon for eight bucks.


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