Fanny pack

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Woman wearing a fanny pack

A fanny pack (American English) or bum bag (British English) is a small fabric pouch usually secured with a zipper and worn by use of a strap around the hips or waist. The American name derives from the fact that they are often worn with the pouch above the buttocks, for which "fanny" is a slang term in the United States, although they may also be worn with the pouch at the front.

Fanny packs designed for concealed carry are available.[1] In 2012, calling them "belted satchels" or "hands-free bags", several designer labels sought to bring the accessory back by offering stylish and expensive designs selling for as much as $1995.[2][3]

A fanny pack is one variation of a buffalo pouch because buffalo pouches may also be worn on the wrist or carried on the front of the chest via a neck strap or lanyard.[4] Native Americans used buffalo pouches instead of sewing pockets into their clothing.


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  1. ^ Chris Ewens (1 April 2010). "Pack Mentality: Rethinking the Fanny Pack". US Concealed Carry Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Glen Levy (11 February 2011). "Fashion Fail: Are Fanny Packs Really Making a Comeback?". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Rachel Dodes (10 February 2011). "With Fanny Packs on the Runway, Can Mom Jeans Be Far Behind?". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Wandahsega, Larissa. "Buffalo Pouch". Archived from the original on 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2014-07-22.