Lumbar/Hip Packs


The North Face
Ultimate Direction
Fuel Belt
Lowe Alpine
High Sierra




less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Lumbar/Hip Pack Reviews

Fuel Belt Crush

rated 4 of 5 stars Good hip solution to carry water. I picked this up to use for trail running. It is lightweight and fits well. It has a nice closure that doesn't use a buckle. I like that it can use a variety of bottles. The pockets are small and can't hold a phone well. It does hold pocket size nutrition snacks, but not much more. On a trail run the bottle stayed secured and didn't bounce either full or half full. If you looking for a good hip based solution I'd give it a thumbs-up. It would be higher if it had… Full review

Inov-8 Race Pro 4

rated 5 of 5 stars My go-to short distance, sub 2 hour, trail runner pack. This has been a great purchase. I have a variety of running packs I use dependent on where and how long I intend to run. This pack is great for sub 2 hour runs.  The fit is superb. It cinches tight and does not jiggle nor loosen during my runs. It is very comfortable to wear. The capacity is as advertised. Internally the bag fits my first aid kit, spare socks, tissues, and waterproof jacket.  The external bungee straps I put my ultralight… Full review

Mountainsmith Kinetic II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My go-to hip pack. Napolean Dynamite would be proud. For bumming around outside of town, I love this pack. Big enough to hold snacks, camera, and drinks. It's comfortable, easy to work with and holds up. Overall it's great. Fit: Snug and ergonomic Comfort: Padded, good Capacity: Just enough for what you need for a day Organization and accessibility: I wish the drink pockets were just a tad deeper so it could hold store bought water bottles a bit more secure. If I transfer my drinks into the classic… Full review

Nathan Mirage Pak

rated 3 of 5 stars This pack is perfect for the minimalist at heart, but beware of bounce with a smartphone. I'd buy it again even with its shortcomings. UPDATE 7/9/15: Taped seams have separated all over the pack. My local running store replaced the first one for free and the 2nd one has just completely fallen apart as well. I spoke with Nathan Hydration and they have offered to send a replacement free of charge. GREAT customer service...this pack...we'll see. UPDATE 7/9/15: Taped seams have separated all over the… Full review

Mountainsmith Tour TLS

rated 5 of 5 stars Some people might think a fanny pack will make you look like a nerd. But its durability and comfort make the Mountainsmith Tour TLS pack a great choice for day hikes, cross country skiing, and using as a man-purse (or lady purse) around town. Fit: This fanny lumbar pack will fit most adults. The heavier you are, the less coverage you'll get from the light padding on the hipbelt. I have a 32 inch waist, and I might get nervous if I was skinnier than a 30 inch waist. Mountainsmith says it will work… Full review

Salomon XT Twin Belt

rated 2.5 of 5 stars in my opinion, this pack is more suitable for hiking than running. The first time I ran with the Salomon XT Twin belt on I had to alter my arm swing because my elbows kept hitting off the pack due to the bottles being placed on an angle. I am not sure if my short stature (I am 5'4") and small hip width had anything to do with it. My fiancé tried it on and didn't experience the same problem, so I would imagine the design of the pack is geared toward men. I even think I could get used to the sloshing… Full review

Mountainsmith Day TLS

rated 4 of 5 stars My top choice day pack. This is my go-to pack unless I need to bring extra clothing. It is the largest MS fanny pack I believe and can hold rain gear, lunch, and two quart size water bottles. The elastic will hold a shedded jacket or sweatshirt on the outside.  Useful interior and outside pockets.  More comfortable to wear with the optional Strapettes, but still very little weight on shoulders. I am 6'4" and the strapettes will hit their stops if I relax them and then you have to take the pack… Full review

Mountainsmith Day

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super solid design, with plenty of space for my frisbee, books, and bike tools. I added the extra padded waist belt to make it more stable and comfortable, which I highly recommend. I've had mine for years — totally bombproof design, and a great warranty, just in case! I bought this bigger bag so I could fit a frisbee, which it does comfortably. They have only continued to improve on the design over the years. Full review

Salomon Active Insulated Belt

rated 4 of 5 stars A great hydration option for a light trip in the backcountry. The Salomon Active Insulated Belt is my go-to for hydration on short winter excursions. I bought it for nordic  skiing, but have found that I also use it backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. I love having a belt in the winter, as opposed to a small pack, as it keeps my shoulders free from fatigue. They become tired enough from poling as it is. It was a new purchase for me this winter season, and I am looking forward to giving it a try… Full review

Top-Rated Lumbar/Hip Packs

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Tour TLS
$49 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Trail Mix
$31 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Sport Hiker
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Direction Uno
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Fuel Belt Crush
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Day TLS
$50 - $84
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Nathan Mirage Pak
$10 - $20
Lowe Alpine Space Case
Lowe Alpine Lightflite 2
Mountainsmith Tour FX
$79 - $99
Kelty Oriole
Arc'teryx Maka 2 Bag
$31 - $58
Nathan IceStorm Insulated Waist Pak
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Hip Pack 3L
$31 - $39
High Sierra Passport Lumbar Pack
Lowe Alpine Fjell Runner
$24 - $25
Arc'teryx Maka 1 Bag
$27 - $48
Salomon XR Sensibelt
DaKine Classic Hip Pack
$12 - $19
REI Trail 5 Waistpack
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 1L
Granite Gear Air Hip Wing
Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab Belt Set
Nathan Mercury 2
$24 - $40
Mountainsmith Vibe TLS
The North Face Enduro Belt 2
Granite Gear Skylark
Eagle Creek Drifter
Salomon Hydro 45
$30 - $34
Osprey Tempest 6
Nathan Triangle
$12 - $23
DaKine Enduro Hip Pack
Cotopaxi Bataan 3 Fanny Pack
Salomon Ultra Insulated Lumbar Pack
JanSport Fifth Ave.
Mountainsmith Daylight
$52 - $69
Nathan Phantom Pak BlackLight
Mountainsmith Vibe
Ultimate Direction Jurek Essential
JanSport Coltrane
UltrAspire Ionize MBS Connector
EMS Sector 10 Waist Pack
Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 3 Belt Set
Patagonia Stormfront Hip Pack
Nathan Trail Mix 4
$39 - $54
Lowe Alpine Mesa Belt Pack
Mountainsmith Kinetic TLS
$29 - $35
Amphipod Airflow Endurance
REI Journey Waistpack
Ultimate Direction Kaviti
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