One of the most surprising trends in recent years has been the re-emergence of the belt bag — the accessory formerly known as the fanny pack (or, in the United Kingdom, the bum bag). Yes, the stalwart option for 1990s Dads has returned with a stylish vengeance.
Whether you wear them across the waist or as a crossbody, the belt bag is here to stay — and for a good reason. These menswear accessories are actually super helpful when you want to keep key items (like your keys, sunblock or your wallet) close at hand. Having those essentials readily available makes it easier to go on your next adventure, as you know all of these items are safe and secure. That’s especially handy when traveling or visiting a music festival, or anywhere a bulky backpack would slow you down and cramp your style.
The best fanny packs exist at the glorious intersection of dad fashion and 90s throwback fashion, which means you don’t have to wear them ironically. Practical and stylish, the best belt bags for men are a must-have. To wit: we’ve rounded up 11 of the best men’s belt bags on the market for you to buy right now.
1. Patagonia Black Hole Belt Bag
If you want to make sure you’ve got a waist pack that can hold almost everything, Patagonia’s Black Hole bag should be your first and last stop. Made from a highly durable, 100% recycled polyester, the Black Hole is completely weatherproof to ensure all of your items will be dry even if you get caught in a monsoon. The bag’s clean and simple design allows for plenty of storage. Additionally, the 38mm waistband feels just as good as a crossbody bag as it does on your waist, allowing for different options of wear. But if that’s not enough, two external water bottle holders can expand to hold any number of bottle shapes.
The only thing the Black Hole is missing at this point is the kitchen sink — but given just how much it can hold, we’re sure you can find a way to fit that in there as well. Equally at home on the trails or at Coachella, this durable men’s belt bag will be by your side for years to come. Buy yours before this bag sells out for good.
2. Osprey Daylite Belt Bag
BEST FOR HIKING
Osprey bags are known among hiking and camping enthusiasts for being some of the most quality products available on the market. That’s certainly the case when it comes to something as simple as a waist pack. Osprey’s Daylite waist pack is a straightforward one: there’s plenty of interior storage for all your odds and ends and it also includes a dedicated mesh pocket so things don’t rattle around. And if you have an existing Osprey hiking bag, the Daylite can connect into that system with ease.
3. Fjallraven Kanken Water Resistant Belt Bag
Fjallraven is one of the trendiest bag companies of the moment, so it’s no surprise they make one of the best fanny packs. Go to any airport or university and you’ll be able to spot countless Fjallraven bags. With durable, water-resistant materials and a stylish unisex design, we’re big fans of this European company’s colorful bags. For festival season, you can’t beat this affordable belt bag, which features just enough space for all the day’s essentials.
4. adidas originals Belt Bag
This men’s belt bag from adidas might not carry as much as some of the other options on this list, but what it lacks in capacity it certainly makes up for in terms of price. At $20, it’s not going to set you back too much and you get the notoriety and swagger that comes with a brand that is as recognizable as adidas. Additionally, there are several different color options to choose from, which means there are a number of different ways to make sure you’re reflecting your own personal style when you wear it.
5. Herschel Seventeen Belt Bag
With (as of this writing) more than 500 reviews, an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars and the designation of Amazon’s Choice, Herschel’s Seventeen belt bag is a simple and no-frills option. Just because it’s plain, however, doesn’t mean it’s lacking in features; at 3.5L, it’s one of the larger belt bags made by the brand and comes complete with an included key clip for easy access as well as two pocket options (one smaller in the front and one larger in the back). The 55″ webbing strap will also provide plenty of adjustability should you want to use it a crossbody bag. If you love Herschel Supply Co. bags — and we definitely do — then the Seventeen Belt Bag is one of the best fanny packs you’ll find.
6. Under Armour Belt Bag
BEST FOR EXERCISE
Runners rejoice! Under Armour’s belt bag is made from 100% polyester, which means you can wear it on a run no matter how sweaty you get. The material provides a bit of moisture-wicking, which means you can just wipe it down immediately after to have it working as good as new. Oh, yeah, and it’s also water-resistant too. With two interior pockets, there’s plenty of space to keep essentials like your keys and wallet nearby while you’re outside running.
7. Nike Logo-Print Canvas Belt Bag
BEST CANVAS OPTION
The nice thing about making a belt bag out of a durable material like canvas is that it’s capable of taking a licking and still kicking. So this canvas belt bag from Nike has the benefit of staying strong no matter how much you toss it around. Complete with a logo that’s just the right size to add a dash of character to any outfit, this belt bag has two zipped pockets to hold onto those smaller items that might jangle around while you’re out and about.
8. nanamica Cordura Belt Bag
Looking to invest a little more into a men’s belt bag by buying one that’s got some serious character? Japanese brand nanamica’s version of the bum bag is constructed entirely from Cordura. Frequently used in rain jackets, the material is highly waterproof in addition to being lightweight and tough as hell. The front zipper has a handy looped ring to make it easier to get your hands on quick or important items, while also providing a deep interior for lots and lots of storage. It’s a little bit more expensive than other bags on this list, but the Cordura ensures you’ll have a bag that will last for a long, long time.
9. Dolce & Gabbana Leather-Trimmed Canvas Belt Bag
BEST EUROPEAN STYLE
Nestled somewhere between a standard belt bag and a wallet is this slim Dolce & Gabbana’s leather-trimmed canvas belt bag. The envelope-style bag allows for briefcase-like ease of use, meaning it’s easy to zip it open to find your essentials within the bag. The interior also contains a nice divider to keep your items separate from one another for ease of use. The perforated canvas is accented with leather trim to create a bag that’s just plain cool — certainly atypical for men’s belt bags.
10. Saint Laurent Leather-Trimmed Canvas Belt Bag
BEST DESIGNER PICK
Many legacy fashion houses have started producing designer fanny packs, and a lot of the best belt bags for men come with a designer logo and a three-figure price tag. While Prada and Burberry make their own belt bags, we like this leather bag from Saint Laurent. The designer’s totally blacked-out version of a canvas belt bag, like many of their products, is sleek and sexy enough to make you feel like a rockstar. Made in Italy from premium elements including high-grain calf leather, it’s an immediate standout piece that will accent any outfit. The decidedly square bag includes a key ring for secure and quick access, while the internal storage provides plenty of capacity for your things.
The Patagonia and Herschel products on this list might be the best fanny packs for festival season (if we were allowed to have festivals anymore), but this Saint Laurent is the best bag for the backstage VIP section.
11. Gucci Tiger GG Canvas Belt Bag
It’s the year of Gucci… again. But, seriously, how amazing is this Gucci tiger print belt bag? While the Venn diagram of men who wear fanny packs and men who are willing to pay $900 for a designer belt bag is probably quite slim, we couldn’t resist including this amazing Gucci bag in our list. With the coveted GG print under a series of leaping tigers, this is a men’s accessory that will turn heads wherever you go. Made in Italy from premium leather and canvas, this is a fanny pack with true sex appeal — a feat that was thought to be impossible until the resurgence of 90s fashion.