Get a Fannypack

Posted on July 28, 2018


I like to be able to carry a few more things than I can comfortably fit in my pockets, but usually a backpack feels like too much. So I'm thinking I should get a fannypack. That idea seems like a pretty significant change to my image, so I wanted to get feedback from the shareholders. Here is a short presentation I made:

Let's argue the pros and cons.

Past Discussion

brendanjones (50.0 shares, voted no)
More efficient use of pockets.
aaronpk ๐Ÿ’ฏโ˜•๏ธ (576.0 shares, voted no)
Funny that you should mention REI. I have a little REI shoulder bag, about 8" wide by 9" tall, basically a purse, which solves this exact problem for me. If I'm not already carrying my laptop bag, I can stash my phone, wallet, keys, extra battery, pen & paper, and a few other things, and the bag doesn't even look big.
danyk (10.0 shares, voted yes)
Yes, you should get a fanny pack. Just don't wear it diagonally across your chest. This is the best fanny pack: Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 1L
awnelson17 โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ•ด (10.0 shares, voted no)
This might be the dumbest question posed to shareholders.
davehayden โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ (251.0 shares, voted no)
shoulder bag. NEXT
Matthew Spencer โ˜•๏ธ (62.0 shares, voted yes)
Why do you need to carry a lock picking kit?
Mr. Fazuku (21.0 shares, voted no)
Zach (3.0 shares, voted yes)
It's practical and you can generate some revenue. Who cares if it's worn around your hips? Conversation starter = win. Branding opportunity = win. Bending over to pick up loose change = ...well, this may be the only downside.
Richard S. Jensen โ˜•๏ธ (6.0 shares)
Quit saying fanny at me.
krickeyb ๐Ÿ’ฏ (365.0 shares, voted yes)
As someone who also has the prescription sunglasses issue I prefer to go the canvas tote route when heading out. Totes are cheap, minimally impactful on your personal brand, and come in many sizes. However, if the fanny pack we're looking at is full hypebeast waist bag, I am inclined to vote yes. This would propel your personal brand into new markets and offer continued opportunity for price appreciation.
Curt โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŒฎ (100.0 shares, voted no)
What about small backpack? I have one from Topo Designs[1] that is perfect for carrying a few extra things without the bulk of a full-size bag. [1]:
Mike Merrill ๐ŸŽ–
LASIK = Very cool idea. I've thought about it. Lock Picking Kit = What if I forget my keys?! I also hate the word "fanny", but that is what it is called. Totes = Great counter proposal, this works pretty well. Small Backpack = Yeah... it just seems like too much? Maybe not.
EyeScream (5.0 shares, voted yes)
I'm probably arguing semantics here (wait, I definitely am, haha), but if you really want a hands-free sort of solution, I'd go for a "waist bag" as opposed to a "fanny pack." For instance: Otherwise, I'd vote for either a half-sized/small crossbody messenger bag, OR what's called a "sling bag." They're kind of a cross between a backpack and a fanny pack, and can be worn with the bag either in the front or on your back. The only issue is that if worn on the back, it's harder to access the pockets in a hurry.
joshuaberger (11.0 shares, voted yes)
you have made a persuasive argument demonstrating the need. the fanny pack is practical, but also carries some baggage. if you are going to walk around with something like this, it needs to be distinctive, well designed. you might look at what patrick is doing here: my yes vote is contingent on making a good design choice.
Alex Malinovich (67.0 shares, voted yes)
Iโ€™d suggest that knitted socks with sandals would also be distinctive, so if thatโ€™s the sort of distinction that would provide a positive return for investors, Iโ€™d be all for it.
void (2.0 shares, voted yes)
Finally! This is the level of shareholder communication I've been waiting for. My vote: drop the lockpicks and maybe the tictacs - keep using pockets. But if they are such an emotionally valuable part of your existence, keep them, and do the fannypack-thing. Shareholder inquiry: Have you ever truly needed to use the lockpicks?
Mike Merrill ๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒด
My lockpicks came in super useful once when I was in bootcamp in the army (a friend smuggled them in via a letter between pieces of duct tape) and I was able to call on that that same friend (who taught me how to pick locks) many years later to save a neighborhood coffee shop owner who had locked himself out of his house. It is from these two experiences that I have took on the vow of the "Baby Scouting Troops" to always be ready to pick a lock in the name of justice.
Josh Berezin โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ (608.0 shares, voted no)
Iโ€™m open to being lobbied on this issue. I havenโ€™t seen a strong argument for a fanny pack above other relatively minimal carry solutions, though.
nickdouglas โ˜• (23.0 shares, voted no)
Get a purse. Everyone has them now.
foxmambo (1.0 shares, voted no)
Fanny is actually my first name. I hate fanny packs. Get a shoulder bag or a bagpack. You'll always find use for the extra space.
rugger ๐Ÿ’ฏ (320.0 shares, voted no)
Understand it's LA and you want to carry more things. But it's a fanny pack. Yes, there is the argument for practicality; it just doesn't square with your emphasis on beauty or design. And it will be like a closet. You'll end up with more stuff to lug around, possibly misplace. Friends don't let friends carry those things. All that said, my real sense is this is a bit more of a personal decision. If you really want to try one out, go for it. Just know, like a friend, someone tried to dissuade you.
Claire L. Evans (61.0 shares, voted yes)
I vote aye! You can wear it slung over your shoulder if the initial around-the-waist commitment seems like too much.
beau ๐Ÿ’ฏโ˜•๏ธ (188.0 shares, voted no)
i went back and forth on this. i think there's a novelty aspect to it but i also don't think it projects Business. a cross bag of similar size is probably a better embodiment of the Business aesthetic.
justdorkin (10.0 shares, voted no)
I feel like there are options other than a fanny pack. a small shoulder bag, a messenger bag. a tote bag. or maybe some cargo pants and shorts.
curtiszimmerman ๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ’ฏ (108.0 shares, voted no)
On the one hand: You aren't selling your image, so who cares what people think about how you look. And if you need to sell your image, you know, just take it off. But on the other hand: A backpack has much higher potential than a fanny pack.