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Title: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: crusher on December 13, 2015, 05:37:53 AM
I'm looking for a fanny pack or other carrier to tote water, a phone and a key during short runs and hikes (1-2 hours). Recommendations? Thanks!
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: stripey on December 13, 2015, 09:20:06 AM
Something from the SPI belt range might fit the bill... I think there's a version designed for carrying small  drinks on it .It's  small  and  doesn't bounce much .
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: crusher on December 14, 2015, 02:39:09 PM
Thanks, stripey!
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: Kiwi Mustache on December 14, 2015, 04:35:12 PM
Get a cambelbak that is designed for trail running.

Second hand can pick them up for $20-30 off the likes of ebay.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: Astatine on December 14, 2015, 04:50:37 PM
I asked on social media if anyone had a spare one in the back of their closet that they wanted to get rid of. A friend gave me a sports-branded one and it's been great for what I need to carry for walks (it doesn't have space for water, though, unless I only want to carry 250ml worth, or a cup).

I have a SPI belt but mine is too small to carry what I need (blood sugar meter, lancet, test strips and 20 jelly beans). So if you get a SPI belt make sure it's big enough to hold your stuff.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: mustachianteacher on December 14, 2015, 05:36:10 PM
I'm an avid runner and hiker, and I've tried a number of different things. This is now my favorite: http://www.runningwarehouse.com/Nathan_QuickDraw_Plus_Handheld_22_oz/descpage-NQDP13.html

I take this on every run under 2.5 hours. It will take 22 ounces of water, fits a small phone (iphone 4, yes; iphone 6, no), and it doesn't bounce or flop like fanny packs do. Some runners I know prefer the kind that straps around your waist and takes 1 or 2 bottles, but I have never figured out how to keep it from flopping around without making it so tight that I feel like it's affecting my breathing.

Happy trails!
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: kpd905 on December 14, 2015, 05:39:34 PM
Ultimate Direction makes good vests and packs that a lot of ultramarathoners use: http://www.ultimatedirection.com/c-hydration-packs.aspx
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: crusher on December 15, 2015, 04:38:51 AM
Great. Thanks for all the suggestions, folks.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: canadian bacon on December 15, 2015, 07:18:31 PM
We got a cheap north face hydration pack at a north face outlet years ago.  I don't like the taste of water out of a bladder but the pack is great for carrying a waterbottle, wallet.  I have really liked having this mini pack.

I don't think that the north face makes these small packs anymore but probably something from camelback or whoever will work great.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: MayDay on December 16, 2015, 07:36:22 AM
I don't run, so I wasn't worried about stuff staying put while I was bouncing around. 

http://www.amazon.com/Sunhiker-Outdoor-Resistant-Included-Climbing/dp/B00ONPK57Q/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1450276476&sr=8-15&keywords=fanny+pack

I got the kids these (or something extremely similar) from Amazon for a big vacation.  I made them be in charge of their own water bottle, wallet, snacks, etc.  Ends up it is super handy for shorter hikes when I want a little water, but don't need to pack a ton, so I borrow it all the time.  The water bottle holder does have a cinch, so you might be ok for running, I have no idea.

I looked at similar ones at REI and the starting price point was 35 or 40$.  I couldn't believe it.  No idea how much running ones go for. 
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: Melody on December 26, 2015, 12:57:46 AM
Mountain designs outlet store has a small camelback (1.5litres) for about $20 or so if you are in Australia.  Never pay retail for outdoors gear... Outlet stores mean you can pick up good brand name stuff for half price or less.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: big_owl on December 26, 2015, 07:46:37 AM
One of the first (of many) times I was in Ireland for work, we were golfing on an off day and someone else on the course had this really ghetto looking fanny pack.  I said something along the lines of "hey do you guys still wear fanny packs over here?".  Everyone looked at me aghast with mouths wide open.  One of my Irish co-workers was kind enough to tell me that the word fanny doesn't have quite the same meaning in Ireland as it does in the USA.  Oops....lesson learned.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: Conjou on December 26, 2015, 08:19:58 AM
There are some great diy options via quick internet search if you have some sewing skills. I prefer handhelds that carry a 16oz water bottle, phone, keys, and food. something similar in design to Amphipod brand. If buying, the other poster that suggested running warehouse and Nathan's brand.
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: horsepoor on December 26, 2015, 08:30:04 AM
I've tried a few, and this Nathan Trailmix is my favorite.  I've run a few trail half marathons with it, and plenty of long runs.  The little pack is big enough for keys, ID, phone and a few packets of Gu.  If you have a larger smart phone make sure it fits.  Nice having two separate bottles in case you want to put sports drink in one (or like me, water the dog) and it has some little bungee cord parts on the belt, which I've used to secure my windbreaker when I take it off.  Personally I'm not a fan of the bladders because I don't usually need that much water and prefer not to deal with the hose and find it harder to drink out of and fussier to empty/refill.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=20257256&camp=PPC:OoXtNjU3_dc:77576706325|b:_inurl%3A20257256
Title: Re: fanny pack for running/hiking
Post by: Astatine on December 26, 2015, 11:48:26 PM
One of the first (of many) times I was in Ireland for work, we were golfing on an off day and someone else on the course had this really ghetto looking fanny pack.  I said something along the lines of "hey do you guys still wear fanny packs over here?".  Everyone looked at me aghast with mouths wide open.  One of my Irish co-workers was kind enough to tell me that the word fanny doesn't have quite the same meaning in Ireland as it does in the USA.  Oops....lesson learned.

Ditto in Australia. This thread title makes me snicker every time I read it because I'm immature like that ;)

We call them bumbags. Which my US friends also find amusing but it's not quite as amusing as fanny pack IMHO.