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Best Fanny Pack?

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by go2ndAmend, May 12, 2008.

  1. go2ndAmend


    Mar 8, 2008
    :jerkit:I'm looking for a new fanny pack to use on day hikes in the wilderness. I want one I can carry a water bottle on as well as my revolver (S&W Mod. 360 Airlite .357) and my knife (Falkniven F1). I've looked at Maxpedition, Blackhawk, Kirafu, and Cabelas. Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    (I think you misunderstand the meaning of the jerk-it smiley.)
  3. go2ndAmend


    Mar 8, 2008
    So enlighten me oh great wizard
  4. MRpink


    Sep 17, 2007
  5. Grimspoon


    Nov 23, 2007
    Why not get a proper backpack? There are some really nice ones to choose from! :thumbdn:

    Fanny packs (in my opinion) make people look weird! :cool:

    Pick out a nice backpack and it'll last you years, make you real happy! :(
  6. cb4life_30


    Sep 18, 2006
    Get yourself a camelback with the external pockets, put the knife on your belt, and carry your pistol either small of your back, or a shoulder rig. I am a firm believer in layering equipment, not putting all my eggs in one basket so to speak. That way if you had to ditch you camelback (or waist pack) your not ditching all your gear. FYI I have tried both, and my camelback is what I keep coming back to. In my opinion camelbacks are the best way to carry the most amount of water.
  7. Noshtero


    Oct 10, 2002
    Fanny packs a little small for me. You should have been around about 4-5 months ago when you could still get your hands on Maxpedition Devildog butt packs. Actually... you may still be able to find them. They have a good sized main compartment, and dual Nalgene holders. Plus, if you get sick of wearing it as a butt pack, you whip out the shoulder strap and it becomes a messenger bag.

    If fanny pack is really what you're after, however, then I second the Maxpedition Proteus link that MrPink posted. Either that or the Cheaper Than Dirt knockoff which is most of the pack for a fraction of the price. You don't have the luxury of a bottle holder, but you can fix that with any number of dedicated bottle holders. Or hell, just carabiner a bottle to the thing.

    Here's a great post that shows both the Proteus, and the CTD counterpart. Note the guy with the CTD one has a separate bottle holder:

    Otherwise, hydration packs a good way to go. Check out the Camelbak Goblin. It's specifically designed for concealed carry.

    Hope that helps!
  8. The Motivator

    The Motivator

    Dec 12, 2007
    I was in your same predicament 3 weeks ago. For quite a while, I was looking to invest in a fanny/lumbar pack. I looked at many models: Maxpedition DevilDog & Versipack; Mountainsmith Tour & Day; and Kelty Hawkeye, Cardinal, and Kestrel models.

    I finally went with the Kelty Hawkeye. 800 cubic inches, plenty of space. However.....

    I recommend not looking at a specific pack, but assembling your survival/urban/"oh crap the world is ending" kit FIRST....THEN buying the pack accordingly to fit your needs. That is what I did and it worked out for my needs best. Don't just buy a pack to buy a pack, plan accordingly, assemble your list of items, then get to it! :D
  9. pitdog


    Apr 13, 2007
    I always thought I was wierd, now I know I am......I love my Maxpedition Proteus !:thumbup:
  10. LupaWolf


    Mar 24, 2008
    The Maxpedition Proteus is my favorite as well.
    You can put a mini Rollypoly or 10x4 on the waistbelt for a water bottle carrier.
    If you like the larger packs, you should feast your eyes on the Maxpedition Sabercat. Sweeeet pack. Pricey, but awesome. It will be my next acquisition I think.
  11. pitdog


    Apr 13, 2007
  12. JohnnyO


    Sep 1, 2002
    Is that side pouch, next to your lighter, an addition to the Proteus, or does it come that way? I'm about to throw the switch on one myself. Looks like a great little pack for shorter day hikes. Not too big. Not too small.
  13. Brian Andrews

    Brian Andrews

    Dec 11, 2006
    Maxpedition makes great stuff. I have a couple backpacks from them, but no fanny pack.

    My last purchase was deciding between the Maxpedition pack Pitdog posted and the Mountainsmith Tour.

    I ended up chosing the Tour, and I love it. The waist belt if very comfortable.

    I love backpacks, and I have a couple good ones. But, I also like the freedom on not having anything on my back and shoulders. I use both, just depends on the situation.
  14. go2ndAmend


    Mar 8, 2008
    Thank you all for the great advise, and Pitdog; very nice looking rig. Who did the Kydex work, especially for the Bic? P.S. I still don't know the meaning of the "jerk-it" icon; any help?
  15. Andy_L


    Dec 1, 2004
    yes it is, I sometimes carry a phone pouch and/or a tube sheath there
  16. Guyon

    Guyon Biscuit Whisperer Staff Member Super Mod Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2000
    L.L. Bean carries at least a couple of "trail lumbar packs." You might have a look.

  17. James 61

    James 61

    Jun 19, 2007
    I have a Mountainsmith lumbar pack. The model I have is the previous version of the Cairn. It is something like 1100ci and came with a shoulder strap to carry it messanger bag style. I found that it was a little heavy fully loaded with just the hip belt so I added the stapettes and made it into more or a backpack. It was my the first pack I used for SAR work. It is currently seeing duty as a diaper bag/carry my lunch, books etc bag. I've had it for 5 years and it is still in great shape.
    I just went to Mountainsmiths websire and apparantly it has been discountinued.
    This is close in size.
  18. James 61

    James 61

    Jun 19, 2007
  19. JohnnyO


    Sep 1, 2002
    Thanks Andy.
  20. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    I have a maxpedition devildog and while I like the size, I dislike the way it rides as a lumbar bag. I used it last week as a shoulder bag, but would rather use a backpack. I have several of the cheaper-than-dirt butt packs and they're great.

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