I was recently sent over an amazing looking “fanny” pack from a company called High Above. I had been looking for a hip pack that was not only my type of style, but well made. The High Above Lookout Hip Pack checked both of these boxes and more. The Lookout comes in at $100 for a pre-built and $110 for a custom one. High Above has some great options for customization on their bags and an easy way to make it 100% yours.
Dimensions: 9" x 3" x 5.25'" (LxWxH)
Waterproof and incredibly durable Xpac shell material from Dimension Polyant
Heavy duty nylon webbing
Three interior pockets
Additional weather resistant external zippered pocket
YKK Uretek #8 zippers for unrivaled weatherproofing and durability
Extra-Long para-cord zipper pulls for ease of entry
AAA MATERIALS AND QUALITY
I had been looking for a quality “fanny” pack for a good bit. One that could carry everything I needed for a days outing, last me a lifetime, and look good doing it. The Lookout is that fanny pack. The Black multicam rip stop and the water proof YKK #8 zippers, and spacer mesh on the back all come together to make a comfortable, durable, and useful fanny pack. I took this pack on a few mountain bike rides, and some day trips and it preformed equally great in both fields. The Lookout gets a 10/10 in my book.
On the very front of the pack you have the High Above logo and a clean display of their ripstop multicam. Above that there is a front storage pocket sealed with the waterproof zipper. When I was on the trail this pocket held my phone, headphones, and wallet. Anything that I could need somewhat quick. The zippers are an absolute pleasure to use on this pack, and give a good sense of security when closed.
One great feature about the Lookout is that High Above has used a different color interior to help you see the contents of the pack. They also use a different color for the dividers which not only gives a super cool look but adds to the visibility.
Inside the “main” compartment of the Lookout I held anything larger or that I didn’t need in the front pocket. While biking I had a smaller med kit, keys, tire repair, and some of my brothers kit as well. When I am hiking or using this as an EDC pack it just depends on what I am doing. There is plenty of room for a small day load out and plenty of dividers to help you keep it organized.
As I mentioned earlier, the back of the Lookout is lined with a spacer mesh that does a great job at keeping you cool and comfortable. When its 95 degrees in Colorado and I am biking I expect to sweat a decent amount but the pack preformed well.
On either side of the bag on the “wings” there are two rows of webbing that allow you to attach whatever you want or an optional water bottle holder from High Above, a nice detail.
MADE IN THE US
GREAT STORAGE FOR SIZE
NOT THE CHEAPEST AT $100
The Lookout from High Above is one of the most well-built, and functional bags I have used in a long time… and I am tempted to say it is the best fanny/waist pack at this size I have ever used. Almost everywhere I go I get compliments on the style of the bag, it is an absolute pleasure to use. Right now High Above only makes waist style bags and a smaller mesh duffel, however I am hoping someday they move into the backpack game because I know they would crush it if they could make something as good as this fanny pack in backpack form.
If you are looking for a kick ass fanny pack that strays from the normal path and has tons of custom options, and great materials, look no further than the Lookout from High Above.
PURCHASE THE LOOKOUT HERE —— HIGH ABOVE LOOKOUT