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Forget the Judgement this Fanny Pack Rocks!
Held of on getting one of these for years, because of the stigma around fanny packs. Had this one for a about a year now and love it. Its the perfect size for a quick outing when you need a few things but too much. Material is top notch, can see it lasting for next decade or so. Stretchy water bottle holders work great, with no retention issues.
I wanted to love this, but it didn't quite hit the mark.
We took this on a few day hikes this summer, anywhere from 2- to 5-hour hikes. The goal was to get a pack off our backs, and it definitely did that. However, I just found having a waist belt weighted down with water to be less comfortable on my back than just wearing a pack. The water bottle holders are a bit shallow/small for longer hikes. My wate... Read Morer bottles are the tall skinny variety and Nalgene's and I felt like they just didn't quite fit comfortably, my elbows would hit the water bottles when walking which was annoying. I was hoping to find one of the old square-style hip packs because I thought putting the water bottles inside the pack would be more comfortable than on the outside, though I can see the convenience intended.
So much space
needed something waterproof, modulable in size (the stretchy water bottle holders are clutch) with a reliable clip and sling. this really delivered on all of that. the bag fits about as much as you can possibly stuff into a fanny pack, without it looking too bulky, before you upgrade to a full-on back pack. highly recommend
Needed something for accessories that I did not want in my pockets
Great construction and lots of accessory storage. That being said I expected a slightly larger zippered pocket for my needs. Some camera accessories need some padding so I am looking for a way to deal with that. Time will tell. I am happy with the design but my expectations were a bit optimistic on volume.
Water Bottle Holders ... Too Shallow
Great pack with water 2 water bottle holders well placed in front/back so that your hands and arms do not hit bottles when walking. However, the 2 Water Bottle Holders are way too shallow and narrow. Bottles easily pop out of holders because they do not sit deep enough in holder.
Water bottle holders too small
Great size for hiking, super comfortable belt, would be great for travel too... if only the water bottle holders were bigger! I returned it because a small bike water bottle wouldn't fit without some major squeezing and shoving.
Hi Leigh, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the size of the water bottle holders. With that said, we appreciate this feedback as its crucial to improving things for future seasons. We'll pass this along to our design crew!
Amazing Hip Pack
Right when I put this pack around my waist I immediately noticed the lumbar support and ergonomic fit. I wear this pack for aggressive downhill mountain biking and trail rides and it stays right where I put it. The waist straps are very long so you may need to tuck them in or cross them into the opposite elastic loop. I carry 2 21oz bottles on eith... Read Moreer side and they don't fall out on the trail and they have their own straps to keep them in place. If you have the pack really tight around your waist they can push into your hip a little. The main pocket is very roomy and boxy. It carries everything I need to spend all day in the mountains. The mesh pocket can hold a bladder if you want to carry more water and then route the hose out between the two zippers. The pack has a solid construction and does not feel like its going to break or rip. It is also breathable and my waist does not get hot as well as sheds water in the rain. I LOVE how it is made sustainably with recycled materials. If I could add one thing to this pack would be buckles on the bottom to carry a jacket or something. Thank you Patagonia for another beautiful product
Lightweight and carries everything I need
Love this waist pack and use it on all my mountain bike rides. I can load it up with three water bottles if I need (two in holsters, one in the main pouch), plus a lightweight windbreaker (like a Houdini), and all my tools and snacks and still have room. Despite the size it's lightweight and I don't notice it once I get moving. Only compl... Read Moreaint would be that the straps are long (so it can accommodate many sizes), but my waist measures 31" so I end up having to loop the straps on each other to keep them from dangling too much.
Plenty of storage and fits well
I use this pack daily to walk 5 to 8 miles on rugged trails. I like the cushioned fit but the straps tend to loosen up if you dont slide the stops tightly against adjustment rings. The bottle pockets could be deeper with a cinch as I have lost two 8 oz bottles so far. Now I pack the bottles inside the pack. The two zipper closer on the upper pack c... Read Moreould be a single zipper. I slide both over to the side to assure no gap that might let moisture in. Overall I love this pack, its perfect for my daily hiking use.
I've been on the hunt for the right hip pack for hiking and mountain biking, and there are some great ones on the market. Patagonia found the right balance of features, simplicity, and style. Some features I appreciate: the structured back pad, the strap keepers, solid materials, and interesting color combo. Altogether, it is a highly function... Read Moreal hip pack that isn't so big it's floppy but can fit what you need for an afternoon hike or ride. The one thing that irks me is that they put that weird loop on the top. It is pretty much unfunctional for anything but hanging the bag on a peg in the store and as a pop of color. Without a functional handle, the hip bag is just a little less easy to handle when not being worn. They should have used the same style handle that they use on their Black Hole Cubes. It's a great handleminimalistic but substantial. I use a cube as a dopp kit. I can just hold the whole thing in my hand but I actually use the handle because it's great. If they fixed the handle issue, this pack would be a timeless victory that should stay in Patagonia's lineup for a long time. *one could make a claim that the straps are a little long, but the strap keepers help with that. **I could also imagine a pocket on the hip that is accessible while wearing that fits a phone or some food. But that comes at the cost of the appreciated simplicity.
Very good except
Had my new bag for a few days and very impressed. The only is issue I’ve had is the key clip in the front pocket. I’ve read/seen others say it get caught in the zip, correct! Seems annoying cut bits off a new bag but had to do it. Still happy with the bag and would recommend buying it
Super Handy AND Handles the elements
I bought this bag because I'm constantly commuting on my bike and running after my 5 year old, so I needed a larger waist pack that could fit it all but still move with me easily. This pack delivers - it fits snugly and handles rain, sweat, mud, etc. flawlessly. I'm glad I tried it out, and use it daily.
The photos of the belt pack don't adequately show what it really looks like. Most of the exterior is an ugly, shiny plastic material with a gigantic "Patagonia" written on it. The straps are long enough to accommodate someone with a 60" girth and there's no good way to stow the excess. Terrible product design.
We are so sorry to hear about the disappointment with this product. We always want to ensure you're happy with your purchases so please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this for a refund.
Not what they used to be!!!
I'm disappointed with the entire Black Hole line. The exterior fabric in recent years feels significantly cheaper than the Black Hole duffels of past. Upon receiving this fanny pack in the mail, I immediately returned it to the Cardiff store and purchased another pack from a competing brand online.
Hi Jeffery, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with our Black Hole line in recent years. We've made some revisions to the line, but haven't sacrificed the quality. Nevertheless, this is valued feedback and we'll pass along your thoughts to our design team.
Fun and Eco-Friendly!
I've been using the pandemic to forget about fashion and think only of function-- enter the waist pack. Fortunately, this waist pack is still cute enough for people to join me on a walk! Really roomy and the compression straps are very helpful at the beginning of a walk/run when my water bottle is full. Love that it's recycled, and it... Read More7;s rain-resistant enough for the PNW.
All the letter have rubbed off?
Love this bag, but... Im not sure if its the Southern heat or the continuous rain we can have. The Patagonia letters have all slowly disappeared? I like the bay but it looks weird. Hoping the folks at Patagonia may take it back or exchange?
Hey Chris! Thanks for letting us know this happened. Your bag is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee so please get in touch with our customer service team to set you up with a repair or warranty return.
Front zipper jams unusable
I love this bag and use it often, however the front zipper gets stuck on the key strap which is very inconvenient when you put your ID, credit cards, and your parking ticket in there in the middle of the night. Pockets are too small for a full size water bottle but great for hand sanitizer.
Fantastic piece of kit
Took it on a 3 hour walk packed with a flask and food, and then on a 5 hour mountain bike ride packed with food, lights, tools and an extra bottle on the outside. On both days it served it purpose perfectly. It was comfortable on the hips both walking and cycling, and I didn't find it moved about too much when cycling on rough ground and movi... Read Moreng about on the bike. If it did bounce up over particularly tricky stuff it quickly seated itself back on my hips. Got absolutely caked in mud on the ride and everything inside was clean and dry. Bag was rinsed clean and is good to go again!
Awesome bag, except for the keychain loop
Fits great. I use it for cycling and hiking. Even when loaded up with stuff I kinda forget it's even there. BUT, do yourself a favor and cut off the keychain loop in the front pocket right away. It seems specifically design to jam in the zipper. It should have been placed at the opposite end of the zipper to reduce the chances of it getting c... Read Moreaught. Other than that, this bag is perfect.
great bike pack
I bought this pack for mountain biking, and it has been great. I bought it because I trust Patagonia to make great gear and it is made from 100% recycled plastic. I've ridden >2000 miles with this pack on both MTB and adventure riding and it's perfect for rides up to 4 hours. I usually tie a second layer around my waist on longer rides... Read More (wouldn't fit in the pack with food, bike repair kit, first aid kit). The fit is snug, and the pack carries well, even with 2, 20 oz bottles in the side pouches. It's also great for day hikes. I liked this pack so much that I bought one for each of my kids when they were ready to upgrade to a hip pack for mountain biking. Room for improvements: the outside pocket is too small to really use when the pack is full, and it would be great if it had a small daisy chain or loop to attach flashers (right now I use one of the water bottle compression straps to attach a flasher and it is OK). Overall, a great hip pack for short to medium adventures.
From Dog Treats to First Aid
Whether walking the dogs or using this as a mini first aid kit on the trail or river, this little pack packs alot of essentials. I love the zippers. It expands more than I thought, which is a good thing for a compact waist pack. Nice adjustments for most anyone and most sizes. 5 L is quite a bit of 'goods' to hold for multi use purposes. ... Read MoreThanks for another quality piece with flexible use.
Awesome bag! Fits a bigger waist easily!
I love this fenny pack, the quality is superior, details are great. I use it for my photography business, great to have useful essentials like a spare lens and batteries on hand. The soft but sturdy cushion that hugs around the body ads extra support and prevents the bag from sogging and dragging weight down. Perfect size for me.
Good except bottle holder isn't tall enough, so is top heavy
Will you be making a new pack that secures water bottles better? Isn't good for holding water bottles because they get top heavy. Otherwise, a nice pack, and holds a lot, but could be slightly (1-2 liters) smaller.
Thanks for your feedback, Ann! The pack should accommodate water bottles that are 20oz or smaller, but please let us know if it's not working well for your purposes and we'll be happy to help you with a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) or exchange.
Amazing, practical, convenient
I bought this pack because I got tired of carrying things in my white coat, awkwardly running around the wards holding things from falling out. What I love most about this pack is its volume, I carry my stethoscope, n95 masks, surgical masks, pens, scissors, ID, pocket medicine book and up to 3 pagers at a time and feel that they fit in to the pac... Read Morek comfortably. The utility of the pack is also not to be understated. I can sling my face shield around it and I can also tuck papers, formers, etc into it like a waistband when wearing around my waist. It's very comfortable to wear and easy adjust as needed. The only reason I feel like I need to take one star is that I wish there was more compartmentalization of the main chamber. Another pocket to make it easier to put things so that they are not as chaotically mixed together
Found this product while looking for a waist pack that was large enough to be able to hold a few different things plus water bottles for longer excursions but avoiding the need of a backpack. This is perfect-- when I don't need as many things it also works well to just put a water bottle inside the main zip pack and keep things light weight an... Read Mored balanced. Highly recommend.
Excellent lowkey trauma kit
Needed not-so-obvious trauma kits for a rotation and stumbled on these fanny packs. Great separation and large compartments make organizing critical items simple. Water bottle pockets enable easy access to tourniquets and latex gloves fit in the bands on the water bottle pockets. Fits everything for trauma. I get these for all my team now.
Great Size and Comfortable!
Super comfortable wear and love the size. You can fit a fair amount of stuff in this pack and it carries comfortably even on a vigorous hike with a lot of incline. Love the front zipper pocket for easy access and the look, its a hip pack that is as functional on the trail as it is cute in the coffee shop (remember going to coffee shops?). Anyway, b... Read Moreig fan, highly recommend.
This thing is comfortable when loaded up or even if just holding a phone and keys. Its durable and will likely last many many years. I only wish the bottle holders were designed differently. Possibly taller than they are now, maybe even with a cinch cord. The average cycling bottle is 20-21oz and is almost 3x taller, so when the bottle is full its ... Read Moreat its most precarious. Otherwise, this thing is weather resistant, durable and worth its weight.
This hip pack has plenty of room for any day trip, be it on the slopes or on the trails. The bag allows for two 32 oz water bottles so long as they are on the skinny side. It seems to hold up well in light rain and the waste straps seem to get good and snug. I might say the waste frame? or the part of the waste region that attaches the strap to the... Read More bag? could be a little longer. Other than that I really have no qualms. Overall solid purchase.
I love this pack
This is a great hip pack and holds everything I need for mountain biking - it holds a small pump, tire leavers, a small tool, extra tube, snacks, my phone and a light shell. If anything, it might be bigger than I need for my typical 1-2 hour rides! The water bottle pockets hold a regular sized bike bottle easily. It is super comfortable to wear, th... Read Moree straps are just really long since it's one size and I have a small waist so I have to trap them in the little elastic straps provided. The small outer zip pocket holds my iphone 10 well. The only change I would make would be to make the inside mesh pocket a zipper pocket too. It seems super durable and like it will last forever - it's already survived a couple of muddy rides. Overall, super happy with this very well made pack!
This thing kicks ass
I got this thing for Christmas this past year and I wear it every time I go mountain biking. Carries everything from phone, wallet, tool, spares etc. I dont even notice it when Im climbing or descending, it just exists. it keeps everything dry as well during rainy and really wet rides. Holds water bottles extremely well. Wish it had a little more ... Read Morespace with two bottles on it, but it manages just fine. Get you one, its also sustainably made with recycled material, so what more can you ask for?
Super Duty Waist Pack
I really like the geometry of this Black Hole waist pack. I got it for travel, but it is so comfortable I am using it for other things too. It is at least 3 times the size of my old travel waist pack, but fits and feels just a wee big bigger. Packed out with a large drink I feel it more, but it sets and rides on my 5ft. 8in. frame comfortably. T... Read Morehe back padding is not to thick and there is plenty of space inside for everything Id need to bring along for a long walk, a run in the woods or a bike ride out and about. I wouldnt go shopping with it, unless it was for two energy bars an 8oz bag of trail mix and two bottles of 16oz water. The inside is thoughtful and holds my patch kit, bike tools, Im cell phone and wallet along with my food items. The straps and waist belt are well attached to the bag and are easy to adjust and fit. Yep, I like it! Big Thanks!
Padding is too thick
It occupies too much space, not for its 5l-volume, but for its thick padding behind. Coming back to the 2l model would be also ideal! I need waterproof or water repellent gear, and the other models not "black hole" do not seem ideal. I wanted to use it for travelling, working, ...but packing it when not needed in airports seems a waste o... Read Moref space
A bit too small
I find the waist pack to be well laid out and well made. Generally, however, I have found the pack to be a bit too small, especially the mesh outside pockets. I use these to carry my water bottles, most of which are at least 8 inches tall. The pockets only cover the bottom 4 inches of the bottles. Thus, the top half of the water bottles protrude fr... Read Moreom the pockets, making the whole load unbalanced. I think that if the entire pack including the mesh pockets were about 1 inch taller, it would meet my needs better.
Great Alternative to Backpack for Small Loads
I was somewhat skeptical at first because I did not want a huge fanny pack hanging around on my back or front. That said, this 5L waist pack ended up being just the right size and proved to be a great alternative to a backpack during a short vacation with the family. It was full but not too full, and avoided the issue of walking around w/ a large, ... Read Morebut nearly empty ruck or filling it with stuff you don't need. The waist pack easily carried my phone, gloves, hat, charging cable, and sunglasses in addition to keys and metro cards. While quite comfortable as a waist pack, it is versatile enough to be carried to the front or worn as a sling too. Construction is solid. I would definitely buy this item again.
Stable and holds what you need
Was hesitant when my wife bought such a big hip pack. But surprise it’s comfortable and when hiking holds a lot of stuff and doesn’t bounce around like other hip packs when hiking or jogging even with a water bottle! Stays in place, padding is comfortable and way more Convenient than a backpack, if you don’t need a lot of stuff.
Great, but a problem arose straight away.
The bag is great and hyper functional, but unfortunately the keytag which hangs in the front pocket got stuck in the zipper of that pocket within the first few days of using it - this made the front pocket totally unusable and has me scheduled to make a trip to the store for repairs. Otherwise, it's great - it's just a big bummer that I&#... Read Morex27;m not able to use it at present.
Dog Walker's Pack
I walk Shelter dogs several days a week for about 2.5 hours. To keep my shoulder from needing more rotator cuff surgery, I clip the dogs to the Black Hole waist pack with a carabiner. Its very comfortable, with room for treats and poop bags. It would be nice to have another loop across the front for the carabiner and I might sew that myself. Other... Read Morewise, a really well made waist pack
Poor angles and color
The ivory pack looked like an old yellow. The angles and configuration did not allow the pack to be comfortable when loaded.
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