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#284841 - 06/30/17 08:34 PM A little love for the fanny pack
TeacherRO Offline
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I know they are a fashion don't, but the fanny or lumbar back (basically a waist bag) are great for travel, EDC and hikes. More room for water, jacket, food, etc.

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#284843 - 06/30/17 09:27 PM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: TeacherRO]
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Absolutely true. . .but, for travel, at least in Europe, where I travel, it is a flashing beacon that shouts "TOURIST." Lets the bad guys focus on you. My solution was to look at what local men carried, and it turned out to be various types of man bags. So I bought one, and use it when I go. Carries just as much, if not more, and isn't as obvious. Grey man theory. . .

But for local walking/hiking here in the US, I do use a fanny pack with all my preps. Don't care what the neighbors think---they already (probably) think I am a bit strange. . .
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#284844 - 06/30/17 09:40 PM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: TeacherRO]
Montanero Offline
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Fanny packs are great for your hiking survival kit and for kids' survival kits. You can pull it out of you pack and strap it on quickly, or carry it on your body.

Yes, in Europe they are a signature, but as bws48 says, there are so many options for there. A good messenger bag works all over.

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#284846 - 06/30/17 10:14 PM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: TeacherRO]
KenK Offline
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The other thing I like about a fanny pack is that it doesn't feel so uncomfortable in hot weather.

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#284852 - 07/02/17 02:54 AM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: KenK]
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Usually I want a little more capacity than the usual waist pack when hiking, but they are absolutely perfect for bicycling, especially touring.
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#284853 - 07/02/17 04:39 AM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: hikermor]
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Around my neck of the woods, anyone my age wearing a fanny pack is like hanging a signboard around your neck saying "Gun!" Ditto for wearing a vest (the uninsulated ones, like you see on fishermen, photographers, and Harley riders). Nothing wrong with carrying a gun (legally), but if you also wear a fanny pack, then you've given up whatever element of surprise you might have had.

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#284855 - 07/02/17 05:48 AM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: TeacherRO]
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I'm a bit of fan of lumbar packs for outdoors activities (although not so much for urban wear). I've got a bunch of them ranging in size from the Mountainsmith Vibe II (pretty small) to a Mountainsmith Tour (pretty large). I've also got two True North Gear packs, a SERAC SAR and a Double Diamond. The TNG packs and the Tour are all very large lumbar packs that have good compression straps as well as shoulder straps that work great when the load out is on the heavy side. They're nice for warmer weather IMO since they don't make my back sweaty like a backpack, so they're great for day hikes.

The only time I like the dreaded 'fanny pack' for urban wear is on the rare occasion that I want to make a quick late night run to the store or for wearing to the gym. I can get my wallet, keys and my Ruger LCRx .38 Special and one speed strip into the Vibe II; that makes it great for when I'm wearing sweats and don't have pockets yet still want to have my wallet and a sidearm.
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#284856 - 07/03/17 01:02 AM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: TeacherRO]
chaosmagnet Offline
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I wear a 5.11 holster waist pack but only while riding my bicycle. It's not all that subtle as to what might be in it.

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#284857 - 07/03/17 02:05 AM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: TeacherRO]
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I have a very old fanny pack holster that I purchased in the 80's. Can't recall if it's by Desantis or Galco (both made similar items). It was designed for a large semi-auto and I regularly carried a cocked-and-locked Browning Hi-Power within. Hey, it was the 80's! A fanny pack wasn't really out of place at the time. Probably I still have it around somewhere in a box.

Apropos of nothing around that same time I bought a Galco Miami Classic should rig for my BHP as well. Seems like it cost the princely sum or $100 or so, a small fortune to a college kid in the 80's. I still have that as well but I haven't carried the Browning a long time, having transitioned to more modern designs by HK.

Circling back to lumbar packs I still regard the True North Gear SERAC SAR as the best day pack out there even though it hasn't been made in at least five years.
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#284858 - 07/03/17 06:04 AM Re: A little love for the fanny pack [Re: Phaedrus]
Herman30 Offline
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There are bigger fannypacks, too.


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