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Hear the words “fanny pack” and what’s the first thing you think? The Nineties? The Rock? Well, it’s not an outdated calling card for nerds anymore, and would you make fun of The Rock’s choice portable gear-toting wear to his face?
Today it’s called a waist pack or a belt bag, and it’s back in style in a big way. We recently wrote about the best fanny packs for men, and our top pick was this Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack. Whether you’re out living the active life or just wanting to stash some stuff to keep your pockets free, the Black Hole Waist Pack is a smart buy.
First, for you outdoor warriors, the Patagonia name is a good hint of the quality and toughness of this piece of gear. It has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating that keeps your stuff dry, so it’s a safe stash for your phone, snacks, or even small cameras like the GoPro. There’s a stretch internal pocket to keep your items separate and easier to grab, and the 100% recycled body fabric, made from 300-denier ripstop fabric, is tough and durable while still lightweight.
Another great feature for a hike or a ride? The two side stretch sleeves designed for water bottles, which will keep you hydrated whether you’re hauling it on the trails or just walking on a hot day. And for those sweat-filled days at Coachella, the lumbar panel is a breathable mesh.
Aside from keeping the contents of the pack dry, the water-repellent finish also makes it nearly impossible to stain and easy to clean with just a simple wipe. And whether you choose the Black Hole Waist Pack in black or classic navy, that finish also gives it a hip glossy look.
At 11.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches high and 3 inches deep, the Black Hole Waist Pack is large enough to keep your essentials handy and easily accessible, without looking overwhelming around your body. The belt is adjustable from 24 to 60 inches, so it fits just about anyone.
As with all Patagonia gear, 1% of the sale goes to nonprofit partners in support of environmental solutions as part of Patagonia’s membership in 1% for the Planet. So you’re helping the planet while you’re out exploring it, with your essentials safely stashed in the Black Hole Waist Pack.