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Seagull Bags’ Trail Buddy keeps trailside or office essentials at your hip

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Seagull Bags Trail Buddy hip pack, riding shot

In the wide world of cycling, there will always be a few divisive trends for riders to argue about. Recently the enduro crowd has been rather controversial fashion-wise. Not only are they pairing goggles with open faced helmets (previously considered equally faux pas to wearing sunglasses with a full face) but they’ve also helped push fanny packs back into the mainstream.

For bicycle commuters the fanny pack may never have truly died, as there are advantages to the compact, non-intrusive design. One thing is for sure, no-one likes the full-back sweat patch backpacks create. Columbus, Ohio’s Seagull Bags has been stitching utility grade bags since 2003 for cyclists, outdoor explorers or even urban folks who appreciate quality goods.

Their Trail Buddy hip bag is aimed at on or off-road cyclists looking to carry a few small items while keeping cool, comfortable and dry. If you’re hip to the fanny pack, keep reading for the fine details…

Seagull Bags Trail Buddy hip pack, smartphone

The Trail Buddy is a slim, snug-fitting bag intended to carry your essential day to day items and/or trailside tools without the unnecessary bulk of a full sized backpack. The compact Trail Buddy measures 5.5” tall, 11.75” wide and 2.75” deep, which sounds pretty ideal for shorter urban or off-road excursions.

Seagull Bags Trail Buddy hip pack, olive color

The hip bag is constructed from 1000d cordura fabric, and utilizes water resistant YKK zippers (with glove-friendly zipper pulls) to keep your cargo protected from the elements. One notable omission in the bag’s design is reflective details- there doesn’t appear to be anything to increase rider visibility on the Trail Buddy’s exterior, which is something commuters would certainly appreciate.

In terms of storage, the simple pack features a large main pouch and a flat exterior pocket. There are U-lock channels on the outside of the bag, and its cinch straps can be tightened up to help secure heavy or shifty cargo.

Seagull Bags Trail Buddy hip pack, rear side

If for any reason you don’t feel like wearing the pack, no sweat- It also features a pair of velcro straps so you can mount the Trail Buddy to your handlebars instead.

Seagull Bags Trail Buddy hip pack, rust color
*Photos courtesy of Seagull Bags

Seagull Bag’s Trail Buddy is available for $65 USD online, and comes in Black, Olive or Rust colors.

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nobodylikesshocktop
nobodylikesshocktop
7 years ago

Here, have all of my nope’s.

M.C. Slammer
M.C. Slammer
7 years ago

Hello?? 1992 called they want their fanny pack back…

M
M
7 years ago

A place to hold some water would be nice, especially at a price point above mountain smith / camelback’s offerings.

Sean P
Sean P
7 years ago
Reply to  M

M @Matt I agree completely. I have a 10 year old Mountain Smith fanny pack that I can actually hold 2 bottles of water with, it has a shoulder strap if needed and is very adjustable. I actually use it on some of my bike packing trips to keep rain gear and extra snacks in too. Hard to reinvent the “fanny” pack. Just ask my dad.

ibcyclist
ibcyclist
7 years ago

Sorry, I can’t stop laughing.

potbellyjoe
potbellyjoe
7 years ago

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

suede
suede
7 years ago

Is it April already.

Jörg Löhken
7 years ago

so, are those things waterproof? Last time I checked, Cordura was just so-so.

iron-y
iron-y
7 years ago

Now, where are my acid-washed mom jeans?

VM
VM
7 years ago

Fanny pack at Wal-Mart will do the trick for around $10.

Yard Dog
7 years ago

VM nailed it. $65 for a fanny pack is a bit crazy.

matt
matt
7 years ago

This one may be a little small and hipster-y expensive, but don’t go knocking fanny packs just yet.

I have been using a small mountainsmith fanny pack on 2-3 hour, cool rides this year. It’s really dorky, and I really like it. Holds a small bladder, food and tools. Damn thing stays put, even when things get silly (sedona, flagstaff), and no weight on my shoulders. Add a water bottle, and I have about 50 oz.

You just have to embrace your inner “not cool.” That shouldn’t be too hard for cyclists, right??

Lemond Rider
Lemond Rider
7 years ago

I just invented 5-speed freewheels!!!! They are just $75.

Tony Brand
7 years ago

Knock it but fanny packs are the way to go if you want to take a smaller camera out on trail for some real photo ops. I use the THULE Covert CSC Sling. Much larger, much beefier but protects my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera on trail. Granted its a risk, but hip packs do make it much easier that having to carry a fullsize pack when all I need is the frame, a small pancake lens, a couple extra batteries.

Might look funny…but functional.

Stendhal
7 years ago

Rule 29 violation.

Mike A
Mike A
7 years ago

For everyone on here making cracks about fanny packs and fashion faux pas, just remember, Messengers never stopped rockin the hip pouch. It looks a little bulky, but that means just a little more space for snacks, tools arm warmers etc. I’m not sure where you guys are riding, but when ya get away from the lifts and the groomed runs, sometimes ya a little more storage.

skeletor
7 years ago

Fanny packs are dope! better than a sweaty back.

berg
berg
7 years ago

Stop trying to make fanny packs happen.

They are not going to happen.

Andrew Dasilva
7 years ago

Do we forget when Cannondale used to make these? 🙂

preston
preston
7 years ago

Butt packs rule. The first time I was aware of some kind of poser disdain for them I felt pity for that person.

James Bond
James Bond
5 years ago

Awesome bike bag.
I don’t need reflective details sewn on. In fact I prefer not to have them.
I can always stick a blinkie in the molle straps if I desire.

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