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Whether you call them waist packs or fanny packs, there’s no denying that they’re one of the most indispensable wardrobe essentials. And long gone are the days where fanny packs are just used for utilitarian purposes. We’re happy to report that they’re back in style. So good ahead and wear your fanny pack out on a night on the town—you won’t be the only one.

A brief history of fanny packs

Legend has it that fanny packs (sometimes called waist bags) were first created so that people could keep a better eye on their belongings and prevent petty theft. Having a bag position on the front of the body with a belt meant that the wearer was less likely to be caught off guard.
In the 1950s, fanny packs became popular in the sporting world, favoured by hikers, cyclists, skiers, and even equestrians. Past forward to today, and even couture fashion companies are offering some form of fanny pack. It’s been an odd journey for the fanny pack.
While petty theft is probably not a major concern to you while camping, and you probably won’t always be riding horses, there are still many reasons to wear a fanny pack. Fanny packs are durable and compact yet roomy. They’re perfect for travel. And did we mention they’re fashionable?

How to find the right fanny pack for you

Finding the right fanny pack really comes down to preference. However, there are some other things to consider, like size. If you’re going to be mostly wearing yours while working out you will want to look for a smaller bag. However, if you’re going to use it as your primary camping bag, then you might want something a bit bigger.
You should also consider the kind of material that your bag is made from. If you’re looking for a waterproof fanny pack, then vinyl is a good fabric. If you’re looking... for something exceptionally light, then nylon is a good material to look for.
And of course, there’s aesthetic details, too. Some fanny packs come in neutral colours, but if you’re looking for something a bit more vibrant, you’ll also have your pick of colourful bags that show off your personality.

Find your favourite fanny pack at Altitude Sports

At Altitude Sports, we know a thing or two about sporting and outdoor gear. We carry some of your favourite brands like the North Face, JanSport, Mountain Hardwear, and more. Shop today and get free shipping on any order $74 or over.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do people still use fanny packs?

Yes, and we’re glad they do! Fanny packs are very useful to carry on your person.

How are you supposed to wear a fanny pack?

Fanny packs are intended to be worn around your waist, but you can also wear it cross-body.

What do people put in their fanny packs?

Fanny packs are a great place for your phone, wallet, keys, gum, chapstick, granola bars, hand sanitizer—you name it!

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