Waterproof fanny packs are a great SUP accessory to have — they are comfortable, convenient, and do a fantastic job of keeping your wallet, keys, phone, camera, and other small accessories dry. For many paddlers, a regular-sized dry bag is overkill when you only need to stash away a few small items, and a waterproof waist pack is the perfect option for these times.
When it comes to dry bags and waterproof pouches, we probably don’t need to tell you how important it is to choose carefully. Buying the cheapest waterproof protection for your valuables can often result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars of ruined electronics and other items due to leaks, so it’s far better to focus on reliability and overall quality vs. price.
In this 2018 waterproof hip pack buyers guide, we’re going to list the top options for keeping your stuff 100% dry while paddleboarding. We’re going to list our favorite packs in a handy comparison chart, then we’ll follow with a short review of each bag.
So without further ado, let’s get to the bags…
Best Waterproof Fanny Packs (2018) – Comparison Chart
|YETI Sidekick Dry||11.75"x7.1"x3.25"||12.8 oz||4.25 L|
|SealLine Seal Pak||3"x8"x8"||7.3 oz||4 L|
|Aquapac Waist Pack||6.7"x13.8"x3.2"||13.1 oz||3 L|
|geckobrands Waist Pouch||12"x3"x7"||12.8 oz||4 L|
|blue sky BASICS Pouch||9x6.7"||4.8 oz||n/a|
Waterproof Waist Pack Reviews
YETI Sidekick Dry
Our 2018 top pick for the best waterproof belt pack is the incredibly impressive YETI Sidekick Dry. This 100% waterproof pouch is fully submersible and features the top-shelf design and bombproof construction that YETI products are well-known for. Out of all the other waterproof packs on our list, the Sidekick Dry’s unique magnet-sealed opening is the easiest to access and when closed, is completely airtight. Capable of being used as a pouch, belt pack, or add-on accessory for your YETI cooler or backpack, the Sidekick Dry also tops our list when it comes to overall versatility.
SealLine Seal Pak
Another great option for 2018 is SealLine’s Seal Pak. This 100% waterproof fanny pack is fully submersible and features top-shelf construction. The bag uses a roll top closure system that can be secured in two different ways, and there’s also a zippered, non-waterproof storage pocket on the exterior of the bag. SealLine has a reputation for making some of the best waterproof dry bags on the market today, and the Seal Pak hip pack does not disappoint. For more info on this bag, be sure to read our in-depth SealLine Seal Pak review.
Aquapac Waist Pack
Next up, is the Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack. Constructed out of durable 500D vinyl and backed by a 5-year warranty, this rugged roll top fanny pack offers great comfort and features a spashproof quick-access storage pocket and waterproof zippered interior pocket. Available in Aquapac’s “acid green” and “cool blue” colors, this is a great-looking waterproof hip pack that is perfect for paddleboarding, travel, boating, skiing, and just about anything else you can think of. If you’re looking for a well-built pack to keep your electronics and other small items dry, this is a solid choice.
geckobrands Dry Bag Waist Pouch
With a roll top closure design that is very similar to the first two bags on our list, the geckobrands Waterproof Tarpaulin Dry Bag Waist Pouch is a cheaper option that is worth considering if you’re working with a tight budget.
The geckobrands Waterproof Waist Pouch features a fully adjustable waist belt, exterior storage pocket, and internal mesh zip pocket for organization. At the moment, this bag is only available in black (which we’re not particularly fond of).
blue sky BASICS Waterproof Waist Pouch
Last up, is the blue sky BASICS Waterproof Waist Pouch. This is the lowest-priced option and also features the lowest profile (and lowest capacity) of any waterproof fanny pack on our list. Available in packs of two, the blue sky BASICS Waterproof Waist Pouch is a good choice for paddlers who need a smaller, basic fanny pack to keep a cell phone, passport, or money dry. Offering triple seal waterproof protection and a lifetime warranty, these are comfortable little hip packs that work really well for stand up paddleboarding.
We hope that this waterproof fanny pack buyers guide has helped you narrow down the perfect hip pack for your paddleboarding adventures. In addition to being great for SUP, these versatile packs are also excellent for a wide variety of other activities and really do a fantastic job of keeping valuables dry.
Waterproof waist packs are great to wear while paddling as they give you quick and easy access to your phone, point and shoot camera, and other small items. We love the comfort and hands-free convenience that these pouches offer, and it’s nice to know that your stuff is going to stay dry while you’re out on the water.
Regardless of what you decide to buy, enjoy your new waterproof belt pack and happy paddling!