In recent months, I’ve been rediscovering the value of fanny packs, also known as hip packs. They let you carry a small number of essential things with you without having to stuff your pockets, strap a backpack to your back, or shoulder a tote. Wear one around your waist in the old-school style, or diagonally across your chest in today’s reinvention—they’re a pretty sweet accessory.


Lately, I’ve been running around San Francisco, snapping images for a book I’m writing. My Baboon to the Moon Fannypack has been with me, holding my wallet, keys, and phone, so I can keep my hands free as I’m focusing on making photos.


The Fannypack is made with 1050D Cordura ballistic nylon with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating. The 3-liter capacity is enough to hold multiple items, in either the front zipper pocket or the main compartment (with a dual zipper closure). That main compartment isn’t just one big hole for all your things to rattle around. It has internal layered mesh organizer pockets, as well as a key clip. There’s also a rear zipper pocket, for those things you want to store more securely, like a passport.


The reinforced nylon seat-belt webbing crossbody strap is strong enough to hang with you through hardcore travels, and also smooth enough to wear against your skin without bugging you. The quick release buckle does exactly that: When you’re ready to take the bag off your body, just press it, and you’re released.


The Fannypack comes in “core” colors of black or crocodile. It also comes in occasional limited run colors—right now, those are mint green, desert brown, azure blue, flamingo pink, lavender purple, citrus yellow, Enfant Précoce airy blue (pictured), Enfant Précoce jasper green, and Enfant Précoce double cream. The Fannypack lists for $65 on the Baboon to the Moon site.

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