High Above Cascadia Hip Pack - Review

Jul 19, 2016 at 13:34
by Mike Kazimer  
High Above Cascadia hip pack


After a decades-long hiatus, hip packs have returned to the mountain bike world over the last few seasons, perhaps due to the growth of enduro racing, or maybe simply because the novelty of having a pack pulling down on your shoulders for hours at a time has worn off. There are now more options than ever, including High Above's Cascadia hip pack, which is handmade in Bellingham, Washington.
Cascadia Hip Pack Details
• Waterproof sail cloth material
• YKK Zippers
• 12.5" x 3" x 5.5'" (LxWxH)
• Made in USA
• MSRP: $75 USD
www.highabove.net

The pack's design is free of any unnecessary bells and whistles (I suppose if you felt like it, you could fill it up with bell and whistles... but repair supplies and food makes a lot more sense), with one large main compartment and two pockets on the back panel. The body is constructed from waterproof sailcloth, Dimension Polyant's VX41, a light and strong fabric that can handle all sorts of abuse. The waterproof zipper adds another line of defense against the elements, helping to ensure that your snacks aren't waterlogged when it's time to take a break, and the long paracord zipper pulls make accessing those treats as easy as possible.There's also a spot on the exterior of the pack where High Above's Bottle Rocket can be attached, a $11.50 accessory that can holster a water bottle or your favorite canned beverage.

The are several color choices for the main body of the bag, including black, charcoal, or camo, and you can pick from eight different color options for the zipper pulls and the “wings,” the pack's triangular side panels. MSRP: $75 USD.


High Above Cascadia hip pack
The Cascadia hip pack has plenty of room for the essentials.
High Above Cascadia hip pack
A mesh back panel adds comfort, and the sturdy buckle keeps everything secured.


Performance

These days, I'll do pretty much anything I can to avoid wearing a backpack when I'm riding, and for the last year the Cascadia hip pack has been earning its keep by taking the weight off my shoulders. It is a little wider than some of the other options on the market, and at first I was worried that it would bounce around too much on rough descents, but that was never the case, and even during laps in the bike park it never gave me any trouble. And yes, you read that right - I wore a hip pack in the bike park. Deal with it.

I did give the Rocket Pocket bottle holster a try, but the bottle stuck out just far enough that it would occasionally bump against a tree or bush, and I ended up preferring to ride without it. On longer rides, I was able to fit a 30oz collapsible water pouch into the pack along with a tube, tools, and pump, with just enough room left over to squeeze in a light windbreaker. Even when it was filled to the brim with all that gear the zippers never went off track, and all the stitching is still holding strong.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAfter months of being doused with rain and mud, the Cascadia's fabric doesn't look any worse for wear, and there aren't any indications that it won't keep on ticking for years to come. It's tough, very well constructed, and certainly worth considering if you're searching for something other than a traditional hydration pack. - Mike Kazimer



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159 Comments

  • + 55
 As convienent as a fanny pack is, I just can't get over how goofy they are.
  • + 91
 Owner of High Above here: Look man, if someone had told me I'd be making f'in "fanny packs" three years ago, I'd laugh in their face. Alas, now I won't ride without one.
The best part about it is that when you are wearing it, it sits behind you- so you don't have to think about it too hard and can enjoy your ride.
  • + 9
 @oronaut: how is a fanny pack more better than one of those bags that clip on a saddle? I'll take function over fashion, but I'm also tough enough to deal with a camelbak...
  • + 19
 I have said it before and I will say it again. Just how long did I sleep cause it feels like the 1st go April all of a sudden ($75)?
  • + 12
 I wear a endura pack (just replaced a camelbak) and 5 minutes after it is on my back I forget it is even there. Never have I thought that I should have not worn it. One of my worst crashes I swear the pack saved my back for injury.
  • + 2
 People the High Above pack is not just about being functional as it is, with plenty of space to hold tools, spares, phone, and even a water bottle, but it's also about their looking sick and supporting a local rad company. JC may I remind you, you da man.
  • + 0
 OH contrare... This is a Hip Pack! Infinitely better and cooler than its older brethren.
  • + 9
 I may be getting old and certainly care a lot less about being "cool" than I used to... but I use the fanny pack because it keeps the back ventilated, frees up movement and lowers and centers the weight. I have heard from some friends that they bounce too much or that they dig in. I assume this has to do with less points of contact and more room for individual difference. Different strokes for different folks. For most of my rides I reach for the fanny pack and save the backpack for the longer outings. I like simplicity, functionality and supporting the little guy (when they do it right) so wouldn't be opposed to giving the Cascadia a go as it looks thoughtfully designed, simple, and well made.
  • + 9
 @unrooted: Saddle bags are awesome if your tire doesn't buzz them when moving through its suspension. That said, there are different options for everyone and no one company can say that what they make is a silver bullet for every rider.
  • - 7
flag fecalmaster (Aug 2, 2016 at 0:25) (Below Threshold)
 Hey look at me I'm wearing a fanny pack bro. All the girls are drippin while slide by looking soo fly.
  • + 16
 My biggest problem with fanny packs is that I don't have an ass. This requires me to crank the straps down as tight as possible which inevitably leads to me having mid ride diarrhea. True story.
  • + 1
 @unrooted: A fanny pack can hold more shit, doesn't riase your bike's COG a bunch, amd I have a theory that saddlebags are bad for dropper posts.
  • + 9
 @oronaut: Looks good. Looks like you found some of our old patterns from the late 1980's.
And its still a Fanny-packWink
  • + 4
 @unrooted:In all honesty, I was pretty skeptical when I bought my Cascadia from High Above. I had never owned a "hip-pack' before and I did not see an advantage to wearing one. I gave the Cascadia a chance, and on rides when I don't foresee myself having to pack a lot of stuff in, the hip-pack is my go-to choice.

It is particularly easy to pull around to the front to access anything inside as oppose to having to fully remove your pack from your back. And I have to mention that it is quite nice not having something on your back throughout the ride. In the end though, there are advantages to each option so I guess it is to each their own.
  • + 1
 That pack needs a small 16oz. bladder for a drink or to wash cuts out if need be then it'd be perfect. 16 oz. is perfect for the after or before work trail ride and hour long.
  • + 6
 Why buy one when you can just steal one of your gram's.
  • + 1
 @oronaut: Nice to see someone making a "fanny pack" I have ridden with one for years and love it. My buddies use to think it was retro and lame but have converted over once they saw I have everything I need for a ride without riding with a hot backpack . Do you find that your hip pack is to large ? It seems like you would be able to fit more then you would ever need in it . Nice job I think its something the market needs.
  • + 1
 @JohnStace: I like the bigger one for long, long rides with an extra water flask and a light jacket. The smaller one works for the afternoon quick lap, and can fit most everything you want in there too. I've considered making it a little narrower (~.5") but haven't had any feedback that the bag itself is too big overall.

JC!
  • + 5
 I wear a DAKINE hip / fanny pack

Much more enjoyable to use for the usual 2hr ride, no sweaty back is what comes down to, my water is in a bottle on the bike...

Back packs are for my epic rides only

No one really knocks them here in NZ, they are just accepted, I think its just the word fanny that puts people into laughing mode
  • + 3
 Eh, as someone who overheats easily, I prefer them to backpacks. Plus I'm out riding for my enjoyment, not the judgement of peers.
  • + 2
 @richierocket: Waterproof sailcloth's not cheap, and limited-production handmade US labor, esp from an owner-operator, is going to be more expensive than bulk factory labor cordura from ebayChina (which is still out there, RipVanWinkle).

If it helps, there's a $60 hip pack (3 beer vs. 4 beer capacity, and waterproofed cordura vs. sailcloth) available through the same business: www.highabove.net/shop/new-black-das-radpack

And they also have a $20 option that'd hold more akin to a saddlebag +1beer: www.highabove.net/shop/hot-pocket
  • + 1
 I wish there was a way to make a fanny pack look cool. Unfortunately or fortunately that will never be the case.
  • + 10
 @fecalmaster: Put a Carabiner on it. Nothings cooler than a carabiner.
  • + 3
 @richierocket: you can probably find fanny packs at value pillage for $5 if you wanna try one out
  • + 0
 @glenno: Nah in NZ people just take the piss behind people's backs ! Ha
  • + 1
 @beater32: Too true boi ! hahaha
!
  • + 38
 I did an independent review It holds stuff
  • + 23
 Of course you have a $25 inner tube in your fanny pack.
  • + 3
 i would never run those tubes daily, but for a tubeless backup tube, they seem like a cheap way to save weight (if you're into that)

now if i could actually find a place that sells them in the US...
  • + 3
 @xeren: I read that they are delayed till 2017. Guess they aren't 100% yet.
  • + 7
 @NoahColorado, sure, why not? That little tube frees up a bunch of room so I can carry more PB&J sandwiches. And if I do flat, I can usually fix it with plugs - the tube is a last resort.
  • + 9
 @mikekazimer: I kid, I kid. It's just so fancy.
  • + 5
 @mikekazimer: Please do tell where you find these? For the 5 miles a year of riding I do with a tube installed after some tubeless malfunction, lugging a big heavy one around every ride doesn't make much sense.
  • + 2
 @knarrr: I really want a plus size version. The occasional time I have a spare tube it's insane.
  • + 1
 @beater32: Mountainsmith has been making lumbar packs since the 80's, if you want one now. mountainsmith.com/products/all-lumbar-packs/day.html
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: You know... a brief article on tubeless repair with a review of repair kits might be nice. I have one of the simple 7 dollar ones, only used it once worked fine; but theres these fancy kits with cool bullet shaped cord wrapped inserts. They cost 4-5 times more than mine so they must work better... right?

Nice review, I noticed no seams unwrapped or threads pulled out; thats what you get with handmade stuff.
Worth it in the long run.
  • + 15
 High Above packs aren't just about functionality. They are a locally handmade item that represents the connection to the people, trails, and energy that surrounds mountain biking. I love my pack, and wear it almost every ride, even if it's just to hold my phone.
  • + 16
 Hey, I'm old enough to remember why I stopped using a fanny pack along with just about everyone else back in the day.
  • + 6
 with your MC Hammer pants?
  • + 7
 @nug12182: I believe they are called z-cavaricci.

They were too expensive. I only had a pair of cheap knockoffs. So embarrassed at the school dances!
  • + 3
 speaking of awesome pants, remember Jnco's?
  • + 2
 Girbaud jeans anyone?
  • + 3
 I just got a mullet, bought a pair of zubaz pants, a Giant Iguana 1988, and this fanny pack just so I could ride with John Stamos.
  • + 8
 I love mine too. It's sits so much better than the Dakine (also a great PNW company), but the High Above sits lower and wider so it doesn't flop up and down as much. I love it and I can get my pump, tool roll, two tubes (usually just carry one), extra food, iPhone and even a light rain jacket. It held up well all winter. Threw it in the wash and it's as good as new.

You won't be disappointed in this pack and JC has added some newer touches to the pack. Also - JC is a rider, trail builder and has done a lot for the PNW riding community so you're truly supporting a a small local made in 'murica company.
  • + 6
 Fanny Pack....Hipsack....Waist Pack....Whatever you wanna call it. They are Functional Not Fashionable. Stop trying to put a Fashion price to it. One for 98.46 CAD...Ain't no one got time for that!!!
  • + 3
 Mr Barnum would be proud.
  • + 10
 "Fashion price"

Nay sir. The materials are simply the best you can buy. Think of it like a new tire, only it'll last you 25 years.

Also, sorry about the exchange rate.
  • - 8
flag gavlaa (Aug 2, 2016 at 2:35) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry but it's still a rip off. Using the best materials on a bum bag is a waste of good material, and it means you'll look like a bellend for 25 years.
  • + 1
 The buckle and webbing might total $1.00. So you just have the cost of the bag itself (not sure what material you use, but Cordura or uretek would cost max $2.00-$3.00), plus the waterproof zipper.

It would be easy enough to make a 25-year hip pack for well under $10.00. Add a 50% markup, and I don't see how this costs over $19.95. But that's just me.
  • + 7
 @bishopsmike: If the only costs of making a product are materials, then sure. But they aren't, unfortunately.

Labour, marketing, distribution, accounts, light, heat, machinery, inventory, taxes, etc, etc.

You could make one for under $10 but only if you are making one, and only for yourself, and you have all the equipment and skills necessary.

Cordura would also be a terrible choice for a hip pack - it would be far too heavy and unwieldy.
  • + 12
 @bishopsmike: These are made one at a time. By one person. Who has been doing this for a while. Who knows the craft. Who takes feedback seriously. Who is constantly thinking about ways to improve the packs. Who rides. This is how he eats. First time I saw one of his packs and met him I asked about his manufacturing process -- where's he outsourcing from? It's his garage. I'll spend the cash to support that.
  • + 10
 @bishopsmike: I welcome you to join the small sewn goods world!
  • + 3
 @recipher: there's not much material overall, so it's not too bad. The Jandd & Mountainsmith cordura hip packs are fine. That said, these look cool and the Bellingham scene is awesome. Would buy.
  • + 4
 @bishopsmike: looks like Terrain X-Pac. good stuff, but yeah, you're paying for manufacturing, not materials, as @jmusuperman said
  • + 3
 @bishopsmike: Just here to correct your math. That's about a 100% markup.
  • + 5
 I must try one. I grew to hate my backpack and camelback drinking bag just before Enduro became cool. Ride with Spec SWAT vest but once I put water bottle in it, I must have a jersey/jacket with tight waist to keep things in place, otherwise it all jumps around too much. Having nothing on my shoulders and drinking from a water bottle instead of disgusting bladder is awesome.
  • + 2
 Just sayin, whether or not your backpack's bladder is disgusting is on you. Not hard to clean them.
  • + 6
 Part of the profits from every unit sold goes directly to support a very rare Space Wolf. At first I thought he was a dog but oh no, he's much more than that.
  • + 4
 Ha ive been using a "bum bag" for ages. Mine has narrowish straps and fits through the belt loops in my shorts. Sits under my jersey and both the belt hooks and the jersey help stop it flapping about. Works a treat. Fits everything in i need for a good length ride with my bottle on the bike!
  • + 3
 spot on, I use the same one I had from Tesco in 2004 which cost £3 and has space for 2 bottles. I tried the whole back pack thing for 12 months but couldn't get used to it so just went back to it. It may look terrible but it works for me, and if i need to waterproof anything I just wrap it ion a plastic bag
  • + 3
 Yep I have a bum bag by Erik Zo.
  • + 5
 Yes, I have 2 of them and each deserves its own post.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: Aren't you special.
  • + 1
 Aren't you extra special ; )
  • + 1
 @slowrider73 I was looking for a pack that fit through my belt hooks. What brand is yours?
  • + 1
 @sampolicky: just a cheap department store one mate. The straps just go through the 2 side loops and 2 front loops on my shorts. Shorts are older Royal ones i think
  • + 4
 I have a Mavic Crossride hip pack..( on this side of the pond they are not referred to as 'Fanny' packs as this is what a lady garden is called here!) I have to say it has been the best bit kit i have bought in years. i completely forget its on, no more sweaty back, and all the essentials are with you.
  • + 2
 We call them fanny packs because "removable prison pocket" is a mouthful.
  • + 2
 "lady garden." classic.
  • + 4
 Kudos to High Above for electing the sail-cloth option instead of Cordura. Looks like a pack I might try. For those who care, Cordura is owned by the Koch brothers, so if you want to try to not support their causes, it's nice to avoid it. Of course if you want to support them buy all the Cordura you want!
  • + 4
 The attention to detail and build quality is second to none. Being a small homegrown company is a huge plus, JC listens to rider feedback and then actually does something about it. For big rides i still bring my hydration pack because sometimes you just need 100oz of water. On all the other rides I am stoked to not have to stuff my pockets full and barely notice that i am crying anything at all much unlike the pack.
  • + 2
 Just gonna jump on the '$75?!?!?!?!?!' bandwagon here. That's £56 which happens to be what I paid for an EVOC rucksack that I can put a hydration pack in. Crazy price for something that should be a smaller, cheaper, easier alternative to that.
  • + 2
 I don't care what any of the haters say. Hip packs are far more comfortable and practical than backpacks for all but the longest of rides. One of the biggest benefits is no more sweaty back. I LOVE my Dakine hotlaps. I will happily buy another when this one bites the dust, though that seems like it could be a while.
  • + 3
 it's called a fanny pack here.
  • + 2
 I bought one of these a few weeks ago and have taken it on a few rides. It fits everything that I used to load into my Osprey hydration pack except for the 3L bladder and knee pads (I don't usually wear them on the ascent). The pack is light and sturdy.

On the descent, I noticed that I got a little bounce if I have a full water bottle attached, but I just installed a water bottle cage so I may stop putting water at my hip. The movement from the bottle was never a problem, just a minor distraction.

I've also tried a smaller but similar Dakine bag which was fine, but not as large as this one.

If I were making suggestions, I'd love to see an internal clip to make sure my keys don't fall out when I open the pack on the trail. Also, I'd love to figure out a better way to carry my knee protection. I've tried just threading the pack straps through the knee pads, but it's slightly annoying and looks unbelievably stupid. I guess I'd consider trying to add some external gear loops for the pads, or I'll just start wearing them for the whole ride.

I was happy to support a local Bellingham business. Great job!
  • + 6
 Needs to be in 80's purple and neon colours or I'm not in
  • + 2
 You can choose colors actually
  • + 2
 chicks dig fanny packs. who cares what mtb dudes think. Next time you're in a bar after a ride and your getting up to leave, just announce loudly that you and your FANNY PACK are leaving. The chicks will laugh. I guarantee it.
  • + 2
 Love the resergance of hip-packs. for those of us on a bit of a budget, I took the plunge with this bag for a trip to morzine last week.. I picked it up for £6.79 in the local Trespass store and my god it was bloody amazing. Don't let the looks put you off.. This thing was perfect. I didn't use the bottle holder as I normally use the bottle cage, but for keeping all the essentials in, without having that bastard backpack on whilst riding.. this thing is the best £6 I have ever spent on a bit of riding gear.

Again, photos don't do it justice, its actually surprisingly neat looking in the flesh Smile

7 Days in Morzine and I don't think il ever go back to a backpack after having this in my arsenal! Very, very impressed!

www.trespass.com/vasp-5-litre-bum-bag
  • + 1
 Thank you for the hint with the Vasp. Reviews are pretty good and it seems big enough for the really needed stuff. Ordered one for my Morzine trip next week. Smile
  • + 2
 @Dreiviertel: Mate, you WILL NOT be disappointed. I never, ever review stuff.. and I just had to go on their website.. just to compliment them for making such a damn good product, that is so damn CHEAP!! Of course you can pay more for better stuff. but this did exactly what it said on the tin, and I could not have been happier..

And again, if possible.. I NEVER carry tools as I hate carrying stuff.. this just made it way more tolerable.. and I didn't feel like I was paying over the odds! Smile Glad it helped man!
  • + 1
 @steviestokes: It just came in today. Very fast shipping from UK to germany in almost three days. I am really impressed about the built quality and the sturdiness of the material. Everything I wanted to carry fits in the bag and I still got space for odds & sods. Really satisfied so far - not to forget that I only paid 17 and a half Euros, incl. shipping. Triple thumbs up! Smile
  • + 2
 @Dreiviertel: Haha! Awesome man.. used mine again today up he hill just to take the phone and the car key.. didn't even get in the way one little bit! Smile Still got the Morzine mud/dust on it too!!
  • + 2
 I love a bum bag. To be honest though I find a lycra top and my waterproof gilet with pockets even better.
I wonder when we will see the return of the frame bag... enduro specific, that sits low on your bike?
It's funny how for many things the function that was around in the 80's is coming back again, to replace the fashion of the last 15 years.
  • + 3
 $75 is a heck of a lot for a fanny pack. I could get a comparable one made by Outdoor Products for $12 at Dick's and it has a lifetime guarantee.
www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4129338
  • + 20
 I could also get 26" wheels for 75$
  • + 3
 What VinceMTB just said!
  • + 13
 You can take a strip of duct tape and stick a gallon ziplock bag onto it, that would be cheaper yet! Waterproof too!
  • + 1
 weird double post error deleted.
  • + 1
 You're all just jealous of the style!!! Slip on the tight cut-offs. Flip it to the front-side. Stash the hair gel and instamatic. And get on with it! I only wish I had one of these sweet shred satchels! It's Ready to Race!!
  • + 3
 Ive made a few for clients and myself in different styles and they are honestly game changing. The high above ones are very nice.
  • + 1
 mine showed up in the mail last night. with only one ride i can tell you its worth every penny. super comfortable, can hardly tell your even wearing it. got mine with the bottle rocket add on so it holds a water bottle. if your complaining about the price this was never meant for you in the first place, I'm not made of money but i respect quality. its like comparing bourbon to jack they both do the same thing but in my opinion bourbon does it better
  • + 1
 I have a hip pack from another company and my only issue with most is they don't provide a proper closed pocket for today's smartphones. Most have a slip inside you can slide your phone into but often they are too small for something like an iPhone 6S+ or Galaxy S7, etc. Rides get hectic and open/slip pockets can often mean everything will end up jumbling around inside. I'd like to see a pocket designed to hold and protect my phone just in case my multitool decides it wants to play ring around the rosy.

Aside from that, it took me 3-4 rides to get used to wearing one and now I wear mine all the damn time. I don't have to duct tape things to my bike or leave anything behind when I don't need a full backpack. Cheers.
  • + 1
 nsmb.com/dakine-enduro-hip-pack

Internal zipped mesh pocket where my phone lives
  • + 1
 @oronaut
hey JC, my gal LOVES the packs sent to her by that jerk from the Kona Bike Shop. I definitely find myself thinking about snagging it for my rides. sweet packs! one of these days I'll quit pumpin $$$ into bikes and order the whole line-up
  • + 2
 Check out Pinch Flat Designs hip packs. Hand made in Bend OR. Very well made and designed. It has stretch cord on top for a water bottle, lots of space, cool colors and very comfortable
  • + 2
 I wear fanny packs...and there's nothing embarrassing about it once you get over yourself. my main problem is that they dig into my stomach when loaded...on the hunt for one that doesn't do that.
  • + 8
 A stomach your fanny pack doesn't dig into? Smile
  • + 3
 I noticed this sitting on the chairlifts.... but it think it was my beer-gut crying to get out in the sunshine!
  • + 1
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  • + 4
 Ugh! Bum Bag!
How is that sucker to crash with? Always a consideration for any of my purchases.
  • + 2
 Ha, as someone who eats dirt a lot, mine has held up great. This thing is bomb proof. You seriously don't notice it's there.
  • + 0
 Another small business option: www.buckproducts.com/collections/frontpage/products/rumpshaker

Price is more in line with reality, and he will custom make one with whatever print you want. I have two of his packs, great stuff.
  • + 1
 Alex is buddy of mine from Bozeman! Awesome dude and a well-made product.
  • + 3
 There should be a review of the Race Face Stash Tank. It's a worthy alternative to bum bags.
  • + 0
 I have the race face stash bib. Love it.
  • + 0
 @Jmc1gear: using the rip strip and it's amazing
  • + 1
 @Grizzlycycles661: just got that too.
  • + 1
 @Jmc1gear: Im kind of a sucker for storage clothing and things to keep a hydration pack off me
  • + 2
 To each his own...75.00 + 11.00 for a small pack seems pricey...I am down that this company is making the product in the good ol USA!!
  • + 5
 Yeah, @prgllp it is expensive, but how else am I supposed to fill swimming pools with gold coins and swim in them like Scrooge McDuck?

But check out the page and punch in MCDUCK at checkout for 20% off for the rest of the week. Don't like your bag? Let me know how to enradden it, and we'll talk.
  • + 3
 I have considered it carefully and have concluded I would rather die of thirst than wear a bum-bag.
  • - 6
flag freesportuk (Aug 2, 2016 at 5:19) (Below Threshold)
 I would also, in the same ideology, rather carry my bike through the entire rainforest rather than carry a puncture repair kit in a bum bag... sorry ....fanny pack. All those who disagree please continue to purchase and wear these things so the rest of us may bathe in the warm enlightenment of hilarity when we see you.
  • + 3
 @freesportuk: my pleasure, your pain!
  • + 1
 @freesportuk: these people are true freedom lovers!!! : )
  • + 1
 Its a good pack. Plus the price is right.
  • + 1
 The original Dakine hip pack is still the best.
  • + 0
 @truehipster: Nope, This is better. The Dakine flops more, this sits lower and wider so it doesn't bounce as much as the Dakine.
  • + 1
 Faking Hot Lap holds a water bottle better (closer to body, doesn't flop). Also back panel on Hot Lap has more cushion. Construction and materials on High Above is far superior though.
  • + 3
 Stupid auto correct!!!
*Dakine Hot Laps not "faking", ugh!
  • + 3
 " I wore a hip pack in the bike park. Deal with it. " - your not the boss of me, I refuse to deal w/ it!
  • + 2
 Still loving my Dakine Enduro Pack. Sits well, full adjustable, great load space. I just wear mine under my riding top and it's barely visible
  • + 2
 Just found the pack I'll be buying. Made in the USA, bladder will fit, and a bottle attachment. As soon as I get out of this business meeting that is..
  • + 2
 Source Hipster is the closest to the best bum bag afaik - but it's too small, needs at least 2L water capacity to be useful down here in summer.
  • + 1
 I've been using a hip pack for the past few weeks and really do prefer it over my EVOC backpack. Holds enough water for long rides (70oz) and has storage for a bars, spare tube and tools.
  • + 0
 I have the Dakine Fat lip hip pack. I do like it but there's a lot of room for improvements. For now it's what I use on all of my rides as I too like to keep stuff off my back. It just FEELS so much nicer. I'm waiting for something killer to come out to replace my Dakine but so far nothing appeals to me yet. Including this one by High Above. To me it looks like a lunch cooler tied to my hip hehe
  • + 1
 Honestly it looks pretty high quality. On a really long trek it probably wouldn't hurt to have one of these, and a hydration backpack.
  • + 3
 yes. but does it sag and dig into your gut when full?
  • + 1
 No water bottle holder ? The small dakine Fanny for 30$ is by far the best thing I've bought in ages for biking
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 Let's straighten this out! This is a "hip pack" not a "fanny pack." Fanny packs are a thing of the past, like the 90's, used by people as a purse and is further stigmatized. A "hip pack" is a functional alternative bag to a backpack while riding with the term derived from the UK. With a "hip pack," the weight of your goods sits on your hips near your center of mass so you don't even notice it's there... in contrast to a back pack with the weight on your shoulders, makes your back extra sweaty, and puts extra weight on your spinal column. Secondly, with a "hip pack" all you have to do is twist it around your hips to get out whatever you need in contrast to a back pack where you have to take it off and then find whatever you need. I use a "hip pack" and love it for the above reasons. Who cares how it looks, someone has to start a functional trend!! Big Grin
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 Yeah..., but it's still a fanny pack.
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 If you know how to pack your backpack the weight should be carried by your hips, not your shoulders.
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 it really is still a fanny pack. not that there's anything wrong with that. And anyhow, men don't have hips. That's for chicks.
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 Its a fanny pack. Hip packs, or lumbar packs have (usually removable) shoulder straps like the "hipster".
Theres nothing wrong with either, whatever works for you.
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 Does it loosen up, at the wrong time and get sucked into the back Wheel when landing jumps? I hope so!
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 it loves back wheel.
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 "I am just reviewing this product" - said Mike how many times?
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 It's a fucking fanny pack...
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 Uh... No, thank you.
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 It's just not hip
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 it's more than hip.
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 So is there a reason nobody uses saddle bags anymore? Is it because of dropper posts?
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 I'd rather use a frame bag than a bum bag.
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 Strap on the jammypack
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 Ween FTW!
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 hip to be square...
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 The real question is over the top or underneath the jersey?
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 on top. jersey tucked in. otherwise skin chafing shall commence!
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 @pancakeflatted: but only if you have it riding high enough. Sure it should sit on the waistline over the shorts?
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 but then I'd have to wear my shorts high....which would cause other unmentionable problems.
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 Love mine !????
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