Q&A: The Best Men’s Waist and Side Bags

June 13th, 2007

Q:  My dad is one of those men who is still sporting his awful eighties-style men’s fanny packs. For Father’s Day, I could get him either a classy alternative to fanny pack, or better yet, (if possible), a classy looking leather fanny pack for him to wear instead. What do you think?

Sando Hip Pack at TumiA: 
The best gift is something that your dad will enjoy, but also something that you are proud to give your dad.  While we don’t love the 80s fanny pack look, we like the utility of the idea.  Our favorite men’s fanny pack combines both utility and style:
 
(Pictured) Sando Hip Pack | $125 at Tumi
This compact pack is updated for the 2000s with a retractable key leash. 

Should your dad be more open to a fanny pack alternative, we have two more suggestions for you:

Sando Gadget Bag | $145 at Tumi
Perfect for day trips with dual interior compartments and multiple accessories pockets.

T-Tech Flow Sling | $175 at Tumi
Your dad can sling this roomy bag over his shoulder for a casually cool look.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Meg  |  June 13th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    There are few things that I absolutely detest, but one is fanny packs (including the one featured). They are awful on women, but they are even worse on guys. I’d rather see a guy with a purse. The gadget bag is doable, but I much prefer the sling. It’s much more masculine.

  • 2. Trisha  |  June 14th, 2007 at 3:22 am

    While I’m not a fan of fanny packs for men (or women) either, sometimes you just have to give people what they want :)

    Good point about the sling being the most masculine of the bags, Meg. It’s one of my favorite men’s bags, in no small part due to its versatility.

  • 3. jack  |  June 18th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Try Mulberry! They don’t make fanny packs (or bum bags as the brits like to call them since fanny means your ‘front bits’ in brit speak!), but the make an assortment of men’s purses (murses). Try to convince him to fall in love with the anthony bag..or the toby..

    just look up some websites that have images of people wearing fanny packs and show him how horrible they are!

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