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Overalls. Dr. Martens. Scrunchies. Ripped jeans. Neon. Crop tops. Everything ’80s is somehow back in style, and even the humble fanny pack hasn’t been spared—although the cool kids are now wearing them across their torso’s bandolier-style and gravel riders are calling them “hip packs” as if that somehow changes what they are. Cool or not, they’re certainly functional, and they add some much-needed storage capacity since the traditional roadie jersey with its rear pockets has been replaced by your favorite cotton T-shirt.
PNW Components’ new Rover hip pack ($69) sports almost 3 liters of total capacity, split between two zippered compartments on the main body, two zippered pockets on the outer belt and countless smaller mesh pockets throughout to help keep your gear organized. There’s also an add-on bottle holder (included) if you need to bring a little extra water on that all-day adventure, while ample padding helps keep the whole thing comfortable around your waist.
Despite the relatively modest price, PNW has done a good job sweating the details, with light-colored liners to keep smaller items from disappearing in a black hole, a dedicated clip for your keys (so you’re not locked out of your car at the trailhead like an idiot) and captured webbing ends (so you don’t end up with long sections of nylon flapping in the breeze). There’s even some reflectivity built into the logo patch and zippers.
Is the Rover cool? In the ’80s you wouldn’t have been caught dead in one of these. But today your kid might finally think you’re pretty rad—if only just this once.