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The 7 Best Mountain Bike Fanny Packs & Hip Bags of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | June 9, 2022
 

Fanny packs used to fall mostly into the domain of enduro racers, but, in recent years, as tubeless tires have become more reliable, and more manufacturers are offering on-bike storage, they’ve caught on among just about every segment of mountain bikers when deciding what to bring mountain biking. The best mountain bike fanny packs offer plenty of storage for a little extra water and snacks, essential tools, and a light extra layer. But a good mountain bike hip pack will also be light and compact, small enough that you don’t notice it on the trail.

New This Year:

This year sees brands making more of a spectrum of packs to better fit different riders. There’s everything from very low profile belts, with very little capacity, to bigger packs with built in hydration bladders. Deciding which mountain bike fanny pack is best for you comes down to the combination of capacity and function you’re looking for, and this list of the best mountain bike hip packs should help you choose.

Dakine Hot Laps 2L

Dakine Hot Laps 2L

The Dakine Hot Laps 2L Waist Bag is a reliable companion on your bike bound adventures. With enough room for basic storage, a water bottle, and external attachments, it'll never leave your side. The Dakine Hot Laps 2L is a small, sleek pack with plenty of space for the essentials, but nothing more. It’s great for quick rides, and is very light and comfortable.

Total CapacitySpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
2LDeployable Bottle Pocket$50.00

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Dakine Hot Laps 5L

Dakine Hot Laps 5L

The Dakine Hot Laps 5L Waist Bag is one high tech fanny. Featuring a magnetic buckle that auto-locates the Hydrapak® hydration hose and a padded waist belt with zippered phone pocket, this bag is built for maximum comfort and efficiency. The Hot Laps also comes equipped with external attachment straps and side compression straps to help you keep the fit snug and your gear in order. The Hot Laps 5 is a versatile pack that can replace both your smaller hydration pack and your backpack. Run it without the bladder for shorter rides and it’s light and comfortable, or load it up for all day epics.

Total Capacity Special FeaturesOriginal Price
5LPadded, Zippered Phone Pocket$80.00

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Thule Rail .5L

Thule Rail 0.5L

Ride in style with the streamlined Thule Rail Hydration 0.5L Hip Pack. This fanny is designed to stay close to your body and keep essentials out of your pockets. Featuring a soft main pocket for a phone and tools and separate nutrition pockets on the side. This is a small, sleek hip pack, perfect for short rides and lift-accessed days.

Total CapacitySpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
0.5LLight Attachment Loop$49.95

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Thule Rail 2L

Thule Rail 2L

Lock and load with the Thule Rail Hydration 2L Hip Pack. Designed with not one, but two water bottle side pockets for long-haul hydration. Side pockets collapse for a streamlined fit during rides when water bottles are not needed. The Rail 2L is a sleek, versatile hip pack. It’s got the capacity for longer rides, but snugs down nicely when it’s not heavily loaded.

Total Capacity Special FeaturesOriginal Price
2LTwo Water Bottle Side Pockets$69.95

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Dakine Hot Laps 1L

Dakine Hot Laps 1L

The Dakine Hot Laps 1L Waist Bag is for enjoying wanderlust, fast and light. With a deployable side water bottle pocket, fleece-lined phone sleeve, and external attachment straps, you might forget it's even there. The Hot Laps 1L is a great choice for shorter rides, or enduro races where you need to carry the essentials but don’t want a bigger pack hindering your riding.

Total CapacitySpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
1LExternal Attachment Strap$40.00

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Evoc Race Belt

EVOC Race Belt

Nobody needs to tell you twice. You're the kind of person that chases checkered flags in their sleep. Put on the EVOC Race Belt with its simplified storage and minimalist design and go for gold. It has a place for snacks and other race day essentials without bogging you down. This is the perfect fanny pack for enduro or downhill racing, or for carrying essential repair gear while you’re ripping hot laps.

Total Capacity Special FeaturesOriginal Price
.8LAir Pad Ventilation System$44.95

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Topo Designs Mountain Hip Pack

Topo Designs Mountain

Are you as happy as we are about fanny packs being back in style? The Topo Designs Mountain Hip Pack is a perfectly technical bag to store what you need for crushing mountain hikes, slaying day-ventures in your city, or exploring an exciting new place you've never been. Unlike the other packs on this list, the Mountain Hip Pack isn’t designed specifically for bikes, but it’s still a great bike bag. Its larger capacity and external straps make it easy to carry all the tools and layers you could need.

Total CapacitySpecial FeaturesOriginal Price
2.4LMolded Ridgeback Back Panel$58.95

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.