When the fanny pack made its arrival back in 1988, it was proclaimed as one of the best products of that year. For many shoppers, the fanny pack is still associated with 1988 and is seen as an item designed mainly for older people. This is not exactly the case. As with most products that have been around for well over 20 years, there have been many improvements in design. Shoppers now have the option of various types of fanny packs (and other similar bags) designed to serve a range of purposes. Anyone who is in need of a versatile and easy-to-carry bag should look at some of the recent designs before dismissing the idea of a fanny pack or another type of hip bag. Below is a look at the differences and similarities between fanny packs and other bags in the same category.
Classic Fanny Pack
This is the design that comes to most people’s minds when they hear the term “fanny pack.” It features a small pouch that sits under the belly and that is held there by a wide strap that goes around the waist. The classic fanny pack allows the wearer to carry their belongings while keeping their hands free and allows easy access to those belongings without the need to first remove the bag, unlike a backpack. In Britain, the classic fanny pack is known as a bum bag or a bum belt bag.
This type of fanny pack has more in common with a backpack and includes compression straps to help it to fit more comfortably, along with a larger pouch for storing more items. These are popular with hikers and may be used in addition to a backpack.
In recent years, fanny packs have moving into the fashion world with designers like Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang creating their own versions but marketing them as “belt bags.” Motorcycle company Harley Davidson also offers belt bags on their website. The term belt bag may be seen as a more marketable name for the product, especially in parts of the world where the term “fanny” is slang for a woman’s private parts.
When considering a fanny pack or another bag in this category, you will want to look at the bag’s size along with its intended purpose. Fanny packs may be used for everything from storing cash during a garage sale to carrying a motorcyclist’s tools and other small items while they are on the road.