Bag Week 2019: A whole bunch of fannies

Its finallyBag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, were bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to
The fanny pack. Or hip pack, waist bag, belt bag, sling, crossbody and sometimes bum bag, because where youre from, a fanny means lady parts. Whatever its called, Ive been searching for an all-around go-to alternative for purses. (I dont care much for them since they dont match my tee-shirt and holes-in-jeans aesthetic.)
For the past two months, Ive been trying out fanny packs (and trying to shove various objects into them) for different daily routines.
Bag Week 2019: A whole bunch of fannies

I havent found one that gets the job done for everything, but here are a variety of great fannies.

Herschel Eighteen Hip Pack $49.99

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I own three Herschel backpacks, all of which have served me well for the past two years, so I was pretty stoked about this one. The only problem though, with my 54 wimpy frame, I should have opted for a smaller bag in their hip pack line. Although its smaller than Peak Designs Everyday Sling, the side support makes it uncomfortable to wear across the chest and only works as a back sling or fanny pack.

Solid construction

Huge main compartment large enough to hold a water bottle, book, camera and knick-knacks

Comfortable air mesh padding on the back


Opening for the two front storage pockets is too small, which makes it cumbersome to put things in, pull things out

Missing inner pocket inside the main compartment for keys and wallet so theres a lot of digging involved

Dimensions: 7″ (H) x 11″ (W) x 3″ (D)
More details and specs here.

Moment Fanny Sling $69.99

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The fine people at Moment, known for their mobile phone lenses, recently launched a series of bags and cases. Although this bag was designed with the intention of storing their lenses and gear, it has become my boyfriends everyday bag since I received it back in June. It withstood a grimy Budapest rainstorm, a grimy music festival and a grimy New York summer.

Pockets for days (including one on the back that fits your wallet or phone)

Weatherproof shell and zippers

Comfortable for everyday use

Flexible, expandable can be worn across the chest, as a traditional fanny pack or sling


The Velcro loop that keeps excess straps in place wore down after a month and tends to slip off

Dimensions: 5.1″ (H) x 8.25 (W) x 3.75 (D)
More details and specs here.

Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L $99.95

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This was my go-to photography bag for the summer. Its been perfect for organizing all the essentials: DSLR, two lenses, SD cards, notebook (or iPad), batteries, etc. I love everything about this bag. Thats it. Thats the review. Theres nothing else I can say.

Tons of pockets, dividers of sorts and padding for all of your accessories

Tuck-away system to hide excess straps and front zipper

Quick adjusting straps for when you need to grab your camera or to switch configurations

Weatherproof nylon canvas shell


So far, nothing

Dimensions: 7.48″ (H) x 12.2″ (W) x 4.33″ (D)
More details and specs here.

State Bags Crosby Fanny Pack $150

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From the smooth leather body to the gold foil embossed logo, this is the classiest one of the bunch, and has been my date night go-to for the past month. Its casual enough to accessorize with jeans and tee-shirt, but stylish enough to make it look like you put in the effort.
The best part, though, is that there are good people behind the products. For every bag you purchase, they donate fully packed backpacks to kids throughout America.

Mesh inside pocket to separate smaller items

Well-made and designed

Slip pocket on the back for quick access to iPhone X


The straps started to pill a little after a month of use

Dimensions: 5.00″ (H) x 7.09″ (W) x 1.97″ (D)
More details and specs here.

Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack $29.00

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This is the fun-sized candy bar of fanny packs. Its adorable, has an 80s throwback colorblock design and folds into its own pocket when not in use. Its quite small and only holds the essentials (wallet, phones, keys, and in my case, an inhaler), but its ideal for running errands.

Sturdy and small

Mesh back padding for comfort and breathability

Soft adjustable strap


Nylon construction it sometimes feels like a toiletries bag

Dimensions: 7 (W) x 4.5(H) x 2 (D)
More details and specs here.

Timbuk2 Slacker Chest Pack $49.00

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This is the most basic, yet comfortable fanny pack. It was my everyday dog-walking bag. It held a water bottle, doggie treats and a collapsible dog bowl, while my wallet was tucked into the inside mesh pocket. Theres even an in-pocket strap to hold your keys.

Air mesh back panel for breathability and comfort

Uncomplicated design


The zipper doesnt open the entire width of the bag

Straps wont adjust small enough for skinny people with narrow hips itll fall right off your booty

Dimensions: 3.94 (H) x 11.2 (W) x 2.48 (D)
More details and specs here.

Generic fanny pack free

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This is not a great fanny pack. Im including this bottom of the barrel bag I received as Google schwag during CES earlier this year as a control. Its made in China with visible threads, sloppily sewn together. Ugly, yet surprisingly comfortable. It gets the job done and you dont have to worry about losing it. You can get a similar one on Amazon for eight bucks.
Bag Week 2019: A whole bunch of fannies
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