questionsam i the only one that wishes fanny-packs were…

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To answer your title question, yes, you're the only one.

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The title of your question implies that fanny packs were ever in vogue. I challenge the validity of your premise.

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I miss them. I still use one if I go to an amusement park because it's easier to keep up with than a purse. And you don't have to go lock it up on the rides that go upside down.

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No, I don't wish that, but I give you credit for admitting you do.

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Just what exactly is a fanny? I always thought it was a butt, but I was told it meant something else (round the corner).

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You are not alone! I will stand (and be ridiculed) with you...just this weekend I wished that I still had mine. I often need to carry a few things that wind up being too much for pockets, but not nearly enough for a purse or backpack. sigh

As an aside (and for a giggle) look up "Australian slang for fanny"...it will make it a little easier to give up your beloved fanny-pack.

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A fanny pack cries out: "Gun!" That's likely the reason they fell into disfavor, but I still like and use them. I have a collection, most of them with holsters.

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no, you are not the only one. My mother likes them too. So now there are two of you...

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@90mcg112: I was thinking the same thing. They were never en vogue and I giggled myself silly as a girl in school when the cool "skater boys" all showed up wearing them one morning. The trend died out very quickly-in days if I remember correctly.

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Fanny packs morphed into today's lumbar packs, which are generally a little beefier & have more cargo room. Personally I wear a ski-specific pack vest in the winter, which helps distribute the weight of my gear better than a standard pack. In the summer I have a medium volume hydration pack worn with a 'front pack' to hold the camera, bear spray, .45 and snacks for fast, easy access. I had fanny packs back in the day but my current rig is preferable.

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I don't know if I'd consider it in vogue, but I see a lot of people packin' a lot of fanny - gotta fight the urge to super-size at the drive thrus!

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Myself, I'm glad they existed at one point in human history to pave the way for carrying other types of packs, but I'm also glad we now have a number of (dare I say, more attractive) alternatives.

For much of high school, I had a sling bag bought at Goodwill to carry all the small stuff: Pencils, pens, the paperback book, etc. Since it was the same size as a girl's purse (actually, smaller), I had a great argument for allowing me to carry it. By the end of my junior year, they loosened things up further to the point where I could now have a full-size messenger bag. I've never looked back. Though, I am feeling nostalgic for my sling bag, now...

In either case, I loved the fact that I could carry a LOT more than a fanny pack and without the bulk jutting out from the hip. Being able to spread it out made all the difference. That's my $0.02, at least.

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@nortonsark: The fanny pack holsters are actually a very poor way to carry a weapon. If somebody steals your fanny pack they now have not only your cash, credit cards, and probably keys, they also have your weapon. Another reason I'm not sorry to see them go.

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Perhaps it has changed but back in the period of ten to twenty years ago they were still very popular in central Florida around the tourist zones. As is mentioned above they make a more secure carry all than a purse or pocket, especially when wearing shorts. It gets hot enough around here that I still use one as a mini toolbag during the summer myself. Perhaps they will never be en vogue again, but they are to handy to totally disappear.

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I got one years ago on a cruise vacation and used it tons. I still dig it out every once in awhile. At the time of the cruise nearly everyone seemed to have one and of course I "needed" one. At home (at the same time) I did not see many but it sure is a handy little thing, room for more than pockets and hands free.

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@curtisuxor: In the US it's a butt, in the UK it's the other side.

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As several have pointed out above, the word "fanny" means something very different outside of the US.

I never liked them behind me, but did use a smaller one on my left hip for a while. I don't miss them especially much.

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Don't be a slave to fashion. You want to wear one go for it.

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They were pretty practical.

I just saw a rather athletic looking lady buying some sort of Nike bag that went around your waist. It was very small, though, so I don't know what she intended to keep in it. Maybe some cash, keys, and MP3 Player. It wouldn't hold much else. It was kind of a cross between a fanny pack and one of those belts that have a hidden pocket on the back for cash.

So, at least for exercising, they might be coming back!

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They were handy back when I was a lad, and I guess that's the only thing I missed. I think they're pretty hideous though.

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@bsmith1: I did a little research after posting and found a variety of smaller exercise bags like you're describing, mostly for running or the like. Not really my 'bag' though, so to speak.

I'm actually more interested in those lumbar bags like Zippy mentioned above, they seem to be the natural evolution of the classic fanny pack, and have a larger capacity. Seems they didn't die out completely! ¡Viva la Fanny Pack!

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Hey, if you want to wear one, then wear one. Nobody's stopping you and if someone makes fun of you for it, so what? Ignore them. You're a rational person who puts practicality over style and that's something to be admired, not ridiculed.

And what gives me the authority to make such a statement, you might ask? That's easy: I drive an Aztek...

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In London, they're called "bum bags"!
"Fanny," I am told, has some secret (bad) meaning/connotation that my hosts wouldn't tell me. :-D

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I wear my fanny pack around back when I'm riding my bicycle. When I'm geocaching, I wear it so it's on my hip. The rest of the time, I just carry it like a (manly) handbag.

For me, a fanny pack is just the right size to carry a camera, MP3 player, flashlight, flash drives, and other crap. Yeah, a smartphone could replace some of those gadgets, but I'd rather have a multitude of dedicated devices that do one thing fantastically instead of one device that does a mediocre job at everything.

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One great thing about being a middle-aged married guy is that I can wear my fanny pack for its utility without caring about whether it's fashionable.

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@mikeymet: check out main Woot, your lumbar pack awaits!