Bike hip bags are often an integral part of a bike commuter or bike messengers cycling kit. In this blog post, we’re going to review the main uses for bike hip bags, what to look for when purchasing a hip pouch, and what makes them so awesome.
What are bike hip bags?
Bike hip bags, are referred to in many ways. You may hear them called: cycling hip bags, bicycle hip pouches, bike hip bags, bike waist bags, and more. Hip pouches are typically small bags that attach (as the name suggests) to your waist. They are often somewhere around 6-7” in width, 3-4” inches in height, and 1-2” in width.
Hip bags are typically used to carry a few of your essentials, this is why they come in very handy for bike commuters and bike couriers.
As a bike commuter for example, you may carry these things:
- Your phone
- Set of keys
- Cycling gloves
- Light jacket
As a bike courier you might carry the above, and you may also use:
What to look for in a cycling hip pack?
Because cycling hip pouches can come in a wide variety of styles, you want to look out for a few key factors when searching for a bag. Here are some of the main things we’re looking for:
- Size + weight — depending on your needs.
- Durability + Quality (aka materials!)
- Attachment type
- Where it’s made
- @ NYMB.co we specialize in American made, so this tends to be important to us. It’s not always an indicator of quality, but the hip pouches we carry are made by very high quality American producers of bicycle products.
What are bicycle waist pouches made from, and how to attach them:
Waist pouches can be made out of many different types of materials, but the most common would probably be a combination of high quality cordura fabric and a vinyl inner lining. You may find other ones made from a waxed canvas fabric, or recycled bike tubes and other more creative fabrics.
Depending your preferences and needs, you’ll find that cycling waist pouches may come in a variety of different closure and attachment systems. There are 2 very common types:
- Belt Loops — many hip bags come with a very simple system of 2 heavy duty belt loops on the back of the pouch. You simply feed your hip bag through the loops to attach. This is very common and easy to use. With this attachment system you either need to use a normal belt or utility belt to attach to your waist.
- Integrated Belt — Others may come with an integrated belt system, where the hip pouch itself has a belt that you can simply clip around your waist. These tend to be a little bit larger, and a bit more costly in comparison to the simpler “belt loop” version of a waist bag.
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