Travel Back to the 90s With the Best Fanny Packs & Belt Bags for Men

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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 around the waist or as a crossbody, the belt bag is here to stay — and for a good reason. These menswear accessories are super helpful when you want to keep key items (your keys, sunblock, wallet) close at hand. Having those essentials safe, secure, and readily available makes it easier to go on your next adventure. That’s especially handy when traveling or visiting a music festival (when they finally start happening again), 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 throwbacks, which means you don’t have to wear them ironically. Practical and stylish, the best belt bags for men are a must-have. We’ve rounded up almost two dozen of the best men’s belt bags on the market for you to buy right now.

  

1. Patagonia Black Hole Belt Bag

BEST OVERALL

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.

Patagonia Black Hole 5L Waist Pack Courtesy of Backcountry

Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack

$59.00

  

2. JanSport Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack

RUNNER-UP

Is JanSport sexy? Definitely not, but that doesn’t make the JanSport Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack any less useful. If you’ve ever owned the classic JanSport backpack — the one seen on every high school and college campus in North America — you know JanSport makes durable, spacious gear at absurdly reasonable prices. This fanny pack won’t change your mind about any of that. Despite its friendly price, it offers plenty of storage space and will probably outlive you, thanks to its tough polyester construction. Can one ask for anything more in a fanny pack?

JanSport Fifth Ave. Fanny Pack Courtesy of Amazon

JanSport Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack

$17.23

  

3. Osprey Daylite Fanny Pack

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. The appeal of Osprey’s Daylite fanny pack is straightforward: 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.

Osprey Unisex Adult Daylite Waist Pack Courtesy of Amazon

Osprey Daylite Waist Pack

$29.95

  

4. Fjallraven Kanken Water Resistant Belt Bag

BEST UNISEX

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.

Fjallraven Kanken Water Resistant Belt Bag Courtesy of Amazon

Fjallraven Kanken Water Resistant Belt Bag

$55.00

  

5. Adidas Originals Belt Bag

BEST VALUE

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 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.

adidas originals Belt Bag Courtesy of Amazon

Adidas originals Belt Bag

$27.80

  

6. PPXGOGO Fanny Pack

CHEAP PICK

If you’re just looking for extra storage on the cheap, we recommend the PPXGOGO Fanny Pack. It’s made of nylon for durability and water resistance and features two zippered compartments, one for small card-sized items and a larger one for general storage.

PPXGOGO Fanny Pack in black Courtesy of Amazon

PPXGOGO Fanny Pack

$7.59

  

7. Herschel Seventeen Belt Bag

GREAT STORAGE

Herschel’s Seventeen belt bag is a simple, no-frills option. But just because it’s plain doesn’t mean it’s lacking in features. At 3.5 liters, it’s one of the larger belt bags made by the brand and comes complete with a key clip for easy access and two pocket options (one smaller in the front and one larger in the back). The 55-inch webbing strap will also provide plenty of adjustability should you want to use it as 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.

Herschel Seventeen Belt Bag Courtesy of Amazon

Herschel Seventeen Belt Bag

$31.99

  

8. 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 water-resistant material provides a bit of moisture-wicking, which means you can just wipe it down to have it working as good as new. With two interior pockets, there’s plenty of space to keep essentials like your keys and wallet nearby while you’re running. Plus, it has a stylish design that will add just the right amount of hip to your athletic apparel.

Under Armour Belt Bag Courtesy of Under Armor

Under Armour Belt Bag

$30.00

  

9. Janji Multipass Sling Bag

BEST FOR RUNNING

If you need to bring gear on a run, why not go for a belt bag designed with running in mind? The Janji Multipass self-identifies as a sling bag, but we’ve successfully used it as a fanny pack when we hit the pavement. With 2 liters of volume, weather-repellent fabric, and multiple secure and easily opened pockets, you’ll be able to focus on your run without having to worry about the security of your gear.

Janji Multipass Sling Bag Courtesy of Janji

Janji Multipass Sling Bag

$48

  

10. Nike Sportswear Heritage Hip Pack

MOST COMFORTABLE

The nice thing about making a belt bag with a padded, adjustable strap is it can be worn for long periods of time without feeling uncomfortable — perfect for festivals, concerts, and sporting events alike. Complete with a logo that’s just the right size to add a dash of character to any outfit, this belt bag has a couple of zippered pockets to hold onto those smaller items that might jangle around while you’re out and about.

Nike Sportswear Heritage Hip Pack Courtesy of Nike

Nike Sportswear Heritage Hip Pack

$25.00

  

11. Carhartt Cargo Series Hip Pack

HIGHLY RATED

It never hurts to identify a highly rated fan-favorite fanny pack because all that online love usually means it’s a pretty good product. Checking through reviews and ratings for fanny packs on Amazon, we found the Carhartt Cargo Series Hip Pack.

Unsurprisingly, Carhartt’s made a real workhorse of a fanny pack here. It’s made from heavy-duty Cordura with a Rain Defender water-resistant treatment and features premium details such as YKK zippers and triple-needle stitching for long-term durability. The spacious main compartment is easy to access and the bag features some exterior pockets too for quick access.

When you consider all those excellent basic features, you can see why this belt bag has so many satisfied users.

Carhartt Cargo Series Hook N Haul Hip Pack Large Courtesy of Amazon

Carhartt Cargo Series Hip Pack

$29.99

  

12. Naoki Love Waist Pack Bag

BEST SLIM BAG

Fanny packs built for hefty storage are great and all, but sometimes you don’t need all that extra space, not to mention an overstuffed fanny pack can be a real eyesore. That’s where a slim bag like the Naoki Love Waist Pack Bag can really help. This water-resistant polyester bag has three zippered pockets and three card slots on the interior of the bag, making it perfect for holding just a few items during a run or as an alternate wallet.

Naoki Love slim, thin waistpack bag Courtesy of Amazon

Naoki Love Waist Pack Bag

$9.99

  

13. Nike Slim Waistpack 2.0

BEST MINIMALIST

If you’re just trying to hold a couple of items, you might appreciate the Nike Slim Waistpack. It’s 100% nylon and ultra-stretchy to accommodate small to mid-range items, and the Nike Swoosh is reflective for low-light conditions.

Black Nike Slim Waistpack 2.0 Courtesy of Amazon

Nike Slim Waistpack 2.0

$23.99

  

14. Bellroy Sling Premium Edition

BEST FOR BUSINESS

Though the Bellroy Sling Premium Edition is much more of a sling bag or crossbody bag than a fanny pack, it’s too slick to not include. It’s got plenty of space and compartments, made from high-quality leather and nylon, and wouldn’t turn a single head on your way into the office other than the dudes who stop you to ask where you got your bag.

Bellroy Sling Premium Edition Courtesy of Bellroy

Bellroy Sling Premium Edition

$159

  

15. Nanamica Cordura Belt Bag

BEST MID-LEVEL

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.

nanamica Cordura Belt Bag Courtesy of End Clothing

Nanamica Cordura Belt Bag

$69.00

  

16. S-Zone Canvas Camera Sling Bag

BEST FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

The S-Zone Canvas Camera Sling Bag calls itself a sling bag, but it’s a bit more sophisticated than that. In addition to the shoulder strap part of the back, it also incorporates a belt into the bag so it doesn’t bounce along while you walk. Sure, it’s too big to just use the belt part and make it a proper fanny pack, but if you’re a serious photographer, we’re willing to bet you’ll appreciate the added space and stability.

S-Zone Canvas Camera Sling Bag Courtesy of Amazon

S-Zone Canvas Camera Sling Bag

$32.99

  

17. Dolce & Gabbana Logo Belt Bag

BEST EURO-INSPIRED

Nestled somewhere between a standard belt bag and a massive wallet is Dolce & Gabbana’s logo belt bag. This hip-hugging ziptop bag has the classic hip bag aesthetic, meaning it’s easy to open and find your essentials. The interior is relatively roomy and can hold just about anything you need for a day out. Chunky letters spell out the brand’s name, so people know you’re rocking designer gear even though the design is black on black.

Dolce & Gabbana Logo Belt Bag Courtesy of Farfetch

Dolce & Gabbana Logo Belt Bag

$625.00

  

18. Rains Bum Bag Mini

BEST SEE-THROUGH

We know, this semi-opaque bag isn’t fully see-through. A guy still needs to keep some secrets. But it is pretty cool. Made from water-resistant material with a matte finish, everything inside will stay dry no matter what the weather has to offer. The adjustable strap allows for multiple choices in wearing, so play around and try it across your body, over your shoulder, or around your waist. Though there is only one large compartment and nothing else, sacrificing multiple hiding spots for a bag this cool is worth it.

Rains Bum Bag Mini Courtesy of REI

Rains Bum Bag Mini

$60.00

  

19. Clearworld Clear Fanny Pack

BEST FULLY SEE-THROUGH

If you’ve ever rooted around a fanny pack or backpack for more than 10 seconds only to not find what you know is there, we don’t need to explain the value of a fully see-through fanny pack like the Clearworld Clear Fanny Pack. Made from a clear waterproof PVC plastic, you’ll protect your goods from the rain and never spend more than a second digging for whatever you’re looking for.

Clearworld Clear Fanny Pack Courtesy of Amazon

Clearworld Clear Fanny Pack

$14.99

  

20. Stussy Design Corp. Pop Waist Bag

MOST COLORFUL

Vivid colors and color blocking are 100% on trend right now, and you can’t get much more colorful and trendy than with the Stussy Design Corp. Pop Waist Bag. It’s pretty basic, with one compartment, but no one will doubt your streetwear cred.

Stussy Design Corp. Pop Waist Bag Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Stussy Design Corp. Pop Waist Bag

$66

  

21. Mokuyobi Color Block Sling Fanny Pack

BIG AND COLORFUL

Having a pop of wild colors is awesome but not inherently useful without enough space for your gear. If you want something as useful as it is trendy, check out the Mokuyobi Color Block Sling Fanny Pack. Not only does the bag have an eye-popping coral color block scheme, it also offers plenty of space for pretty much all small-to-medium-sized items you’ll need for the day.

Mokuyobi Color Block Sling Fanny Pack Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Mokuyobi Color Block Sling Fanny Pack

$86

  

22. Gucci Ophidia GG Belt Bag

MOST STYLISH

It’s the year of Gucci . . . again. But, seriously, how amazing is this Gucci Ophidia GG Belt Bag? While the Venn diagram of men who wear fanny packs and men who are willing to pay over $1,000 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 and classic Gucci stripes, this is a men’s accessory that will turn heads wherever you go. Made in Italy from premium canvas, cotton, and linen, this is a fanny pack with true sex appeal — a feat that was thought to be impossible until the resurgence of ’90s fashion.

Gucci Ophidia GG Belt Bag Courtesy of Farfetch

Gucci Ophidia GG Belt Bag

$1,100

  

23. Waterfly Fanny Pack

BEST FLORAL

Maybe it’s just us, but we love floral print anything and this Waterfly Fanny Pack not only has excellent floral prints, but it’s also pretty cheap. And for its price, you still get plenty of solid features. There is a water-resistant nylon top layer, a convenient headphone hole, and a reflective sheet on the belt in case you’re out and about late at night.

Waterfly Fanny Pack in black with rose floral print Courtesy of Amazon

Waterfly Fanny Pack

$13.99

  

24. Champion Men’s Prime Waist Bag

STYLISH BASIC

If you’re looking for a simple fanny pack but don’t want something generic, the Champion Men’s Prime Waist Bag is the best fanny pack for you. It’s polyester and machine washable, with one big storage pouch and an embroidered Champion logo for a little bit of swag for your basic bag.

Champion Men's Prime Waist Bag in grey with embroidered Champion logo Courtesy of Amazon

Champion Men's Prime Waist Bag

$18.42

  

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