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Pack It All up in the Best Fanny Packs, According To Reviewers

Top Product: Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack | $85 | Dagne Dover
Top Product: Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack | $85 | Dagne Dover
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Top Product: Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack | $85 | Dagne Dover

Fanny packs have seen a resurgence over the past few years, and for good reason: they’re a fun way to add a bit of pop to your fits, while adding some often much-needed storage space for those extra trinkets that won’t fit in your pockets. From the old-fashioned packs you strap around your waist to newer models meant for slinging across your chest, there’s plenty of fanny packs to choose from, suiting every functional and fashionable need. After combing through reviews of Amazon’s most popular fanny packs, as well as sharing a few of my favorites, here are the best fanny packs you can get right now.

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Best for Men: Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack

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For the best mixture of style and function, I like Dagne Dover’s Ace Fanny Pack. Its cushiony appearance might be offputting—I wasn’t a fan at first—but it grows on you, and it’s the most suitable for outfits ranging from your lazy day sweats and hoodie to a good pair of jeans and a nice jacket. Dagne Dover’s standard range of colors offers plenty of variety, though I’m partial to Dune’s washed-out pink look.

It’s not just pretty, though. It’s my favorite fanny pack, thanks to its neoprene exterior, which keeps all my trinkets dry when the weather’s harsh. It even packs pockets inside and on the back to keep things tidy. A clip hangs onto your keys if you’re prone to losing them in your mangled cords and loose receipts. Its strap, though somewhat wide, keeps the pack secure on your hips, even on bumpy bike rides and long walks. There’s plenty of space, too, with enough room to house my iPhone 11 Pro, Kindle Paperwhite, and daily essentials like my wallet and keys.

At $85, it’s not the cheapest pack you can get, but if you’re devoted in the hip-pack lifestyle, the Ace Fanny Pack is a welcome, and comfy, addition to your wardrobe.

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Best Value: JanSport Fifth Avenue Waist Pack

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If you need a no-fuss fanny pack that’ll cover your essentials without drawing too much attention, you’ll like JanSport’s Fifth Avenue pack. It has the same classic JanSport look middle schoolers in the early aughts came to recognize every first day of school and covers all the basics of a good fanny pack without a hefty price tag.

A pouch on the front is perfect for storing tiny things, like a pen or chapstick, and a main compartment that’ll house your essentials, but not much more. So things—like your phone, smaller wallets, a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer, some wipes—will be totally fine, but your Kindle and camera may need to stay behind.

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It usually sells around $25, well below the Ace, and comes in plenty of colors to suit your style. With 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon, it’s among one of the top fanny packs available on Amazon, and JanSport’s gear is solid enough to keep the pack in your rotation for years to come.

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Best Waterproof: Fjallraven Ulvo Hip Pack

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Maybe you’d rather nobody see your new pack strapped across your waist. Fanny packs are nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with subtlety. Where Dagne Dover’s pack makes a statement through its bold materials and color options, Fjallraven’s hip pack focuses on keeping your stash secure without making too much of a fuss.

It’s waterproof, so like the Ace your stuff should be safe from splashes, and can be worn around your waist or cross-body. It’s currently sitting at 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with reviewers noting its stylishness, as well as ability to store even things like sippy cups for parents whose hands are always too full.

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Best for Biking: Road Runner Lil Guy

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Are you looking for a functional bag but are unwilling to compromise on design? Look no further than the Road Runner Lil Guy mini pack! At 10" wide, 5" tall, and 2" deep, this universal hip bag will fit everything you need for your outdoor adventures!

I take the Lil Guy with me on any bike ride that doesn’t warrant my full backpack. I’d argue that it’s the best fanny pack for travel or just exploring the outdoors! You can even wear it as a cross-body bag, which is especially helpful if you’re using its included loops to house your bike lock. I’ve come to rely on this handy feature, but be sure that your lock isn’t too long, otherwise, it can get a bit uncomfortable.

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For all of the sustainability nerds out there, rest assured. The Lil Guy is 100% vegan and crafted from materials and hardware made in the U.S. Absolutely no animals were harmed in producing this bag.

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Best for Hiking: adidas Originals Unisex Waist Pack

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With the stylish adidas branding on the front, this waist pack can be worn around your body or your waist. This lightweight bag has two handy zippered pockets that are perfect for your next hiking trip. It’s also a great purchase if you’re counting down the days until in-person school and concerts reopen. With a 15" shoulder drop, this bag is super comfortable with plenty of room to fit your essential belongings.

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This article was originally published by Jordan McMahon 10/30/2020 and updated by Juliana Clark on 11/17/2020. 


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