The Best Men’s Fanny Packs Are Wildly Useful (And Look Good, Too)

Listen, we can dance around what to call the fanny pack—aka, the sling bag, crossbody bag, bum bag, shoulder bag, etc. But let’s not kid ourselves about what it is. Even the best men’s fanny packs are, simply, fanny packs. And they’re useful as hell.

Once shorthand for a whole era of ill-advised style decisions, the fanny pack has re-emerged into our good graces, a product of menswear’s gorpy overhaul and the realization that there are many funkier, weirder, wilder ways to dress (or carry a bag) than a buckle-on pocket in 2022. Lately the pendulum of sartorial public opinion is acting more like the second hand on a clock—jorts are back, FYI, and trucker hats are re-ascendant. “Cool” is on pause. Wear whatever you want.

But if you still need some convincing when it comes to the fanny pack, let it be this: the fanny pack is functional and versatile. When a backpack is too sweaty and a shoulder bag of some sort cramps your [pharmaceutical ad voiceover] active lifestyle, the fanny pack steps in to store all your necessities: keys, Chapstick, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, AirPods, mask, backup mask, and more. Wear one around your waist like a dad trying to puzzle out where the visitor’s center is on a large map. Or sling it over your body in, like, 13 other ways. Any of them beat praying that the tote bag you haphazardly hung on the edge of your bike’s handlebars won’t jam itself into the spokes mid-cruise. (We may or may not be speaking from experience here.)

Point is, the fanny pack is back, though it never left and it does not need your forgiveness. It just wants to serve you, ably and effectively. Like the humble fanny pack, we also strive to be useful here at GQ Recommends, so we turned up 22 of the best men’s fanny packs on the market. Enjoy.


The Best ’90s Sports Star Fanny Pack

Nike’s all-killer, no-filler fanny pack is just trying to do its job, ma’am. Its main pocket is spacious but not a black hole, and we appreciate the subtle blacked-out Swoosh, particularly in a sea of ​​fanny packs that like to scream loudly. This is the equivalent of the team captain who leads by example. It gives off a real “first guy into the gym, last guy out” energy. Even if your favorite sport is jostling your way through a crowded Whole Foods on a Sunday afternoon.

The Best Museum-Worthy Fanny Pack

Prada’s history of elevating mundane materials—and nylon, in particular—to the realm of high fashion goes back a long time. In the late ’90s, the Italian brand launched Prada Sport, a then-groundbreaking line of casual-leaning sportswear that presaged the rise of athleisure [shudders quietly] by well over a decade. The brand’s sportier offerings, like this soft-sheen belt bag, remain a hallmark of modern design, particularly for diehard Prada stans who prefer the brand’s simpler stuff over its more look-at-me printed pieces. (Don’t worry, that legendary enamel triangle logo is there!) Even after all these years, Prada still makes nylon feel special.

The Best Budget Fanny Pack

The brand that does quality baggage at a “wait, that’s all?” price unsurprisingly makes a no-frills, deeply affordable fanny pack. Herschel’s might not come with all the flashy bells and whistles some of its counterparts do, but when it looks this good who cares? A tumbled gray colorway and hints of black by the strap ensures not a single menswear-loving soul—at the airport, drugstore, or anywhere else you avail yourself of its pocket space—will have a waist as tastefully decorated as yours.

The Best Fanny Pack for the Man on the Move

Lululemon fast and free run belt bag

Not too long ago, Lululemon gave the fanny pack the Lululemon treatment, stripping the bag down to its essential elements and leaving nothing but streamlined design in its wake. Made out of sweat-wicking Lycra that looks like it should cost a lot more than it does, this is the fanny pack you buy if you worship at the altar of near-logoless practicality—and that’s doubly true if you’re an especially cost -conscious believer.

The Best “Protect Your Stuff At All Costs” Fanny Pack

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If you’ve owned a Filson bag at some point in your life, you probably still own a Filson bag—they’re legendarily long-lasting. While that one probably remains mothballed until travel picks back up or your work commute resumes in full, you can buckle up this sturdy fanny pack and leave nothing behind. With its no-BS construction, it’s built for carrying things that actually matter—passports, phones, car keys, the works. The fabric? Waterproof. The seas? Taped. This is the kind of fanny pack we’re more inclined to call a “tactical carry bag,” and it’ll serve you well trudging through the wilderness or protecting your top-secret hard drive on the way to the office.

The Best Office-Appropriate Fanny Pack

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Officine Creative black rare belt bag

Can you dress up a fanny pack? Sure! Most of ’em are made for practical schlepping, but that doesn’t mean sophisticated versions don’t exist. (See where we’re going here?) Officine Creative’s luxe leather interpretation is so sleek it might replace your go-to tote—assuming, of course, you did yourself the courtesy of leaving your laptop where it belongs: at the ol’ 9 to 5.

Plus 16 More Fanny Packs We Love

Innerraum clutch cross body bag

A bag that doubles as the most arresting art piece in your place as soon as you hang it by the door.

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Snow Peak everyday sacoche nylon and mesh bag

The Batmobile, but for your waist.

Bottega Veneta cassette intrecciato-nylon cross-body bag

A bona fide It-(belt)-bag.

Lululemon Fast and Free Run Belt

For runners, cyclists, and anyone else on the move.

Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L

Made for outdoor adventurers and aspiring outdoor adventurers alike.

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Balenciaga “Cities” New York belt bag

Everlane “Renew” transit bag

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Indespensable logo messenger bag

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Carhartt adjustable waist pack bag

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Chums “Downstream” 4L hip bag

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Jacquemus “Le Banane” belt bag

Ralph Lauren canvas waist pack

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Porter-Yoshida & Co. Flying Ace camouflage print belt bag

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Fjallraven “Kanken” belt bag

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Baboon To The Moon fanny pack

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Nike running slim waist pack

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