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As a long-time skier, I know what I need to thrive in the mountains. Comfortable snow pants, a warm jacket and anti-fog goggles are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crucial gear for a good day on the slopes. But in my two decades of skiing, I’ve never bought a tote bag.
Over the years, I’ve somehow stuffed my phone, my lift ticket, my wallet, my lip balm, my energy bars, my sunglasses and my beanies in various zippers of my ski jackets, knowing perfectly that a small backpack would contain everything more easily. I just didn’t prioritize adding a bag to my go-to gear. And now I’m glad I didn’t, because I found something even better than a ski backpack: a fanny pack.
When State Bags offered to send me a roomy fanny pack two weeks before my planned ski trip to Vermont, it was meant to be. The Lorimer Fanny Pack is larger than the average shoulder bag and made from waterproof nylon, making it ideal for snowy conditions. So I decided to ditch my typical all-pocket method and try the hands-free bag – and to say it made a difference to my skiing experience would be an understatement.
With an adjustable strap and clip belt, you can comfortably adjust this bum bag (available in black, navy and olive) to your body. I placed mine on my chest, where it stayed in place on my coat all day. Unlike a backpack, which you have to put on and take off to decompress, having this bag on my chest makes everything in it easily accessible. I was able to easily pull out my phone to check the trail map and apply lip balm while waiting in the lifts.
The amount of items this fanny pack can hold in its two zippered pockets is truly impressive. I packed two sandwiches, a bag of carrots, a hat, my phone, a face mask, hand sanitizer, tissues, my ID card, my debit card, my vaccination card and a balm to lips. You would think that with so much stuff inside it would have felt heavy on my chest, but this fanny pack was so light that I really forgot I was wearing it when I was skiing. The back also features an outside pocket that I slipped my phone into for easy access when taking a drink break in the lodge.
It’s hard to believe it’s taken me this long to add a bag to my ski gear, but now I’ll never hit the slopes again without this game-changing fanny pack. Plus, I’ve also worn it while running errands in New York, and the convenience factor is just as useful on city streets.
Trust me when I tell you, your skiing or snowboarding experience will go a lot smoother with this bag on your chest. Grab the spacious and versatile fanny pack for yourself at State Bags, and never deal with crushed sandwiches or an overloaded jacket again.