Hip Pack Roundup — 2021

Blister Hip Pack Roundup 2021

Hip packs have gone from being an ironic fashion throwback to a commonly accepted mountain bike accessory, but they now come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve been testing six options, from ultra-minimalist to quite roomy, and here you can check out how they compare and which would work best for you.

Nathan VaporSwift 4L Race Vest

Kieran Nay reviews the Nathan VaporSwift 4L Race Vest for Blister

While many aspects of running are less expensive than other, more gear-intensive sports, running vests can be quite pricey. But the VaporSwift 4L is Nathan’s take on a more affordable, yet still race-ready running vest — check out our review to see how it compares to its higher-end competition.

EVOC Capture 7L Camera Pack

Luke Koppa reviews the EVOC Capture 7L Camera Pack for Blister in Crested Butte, Colorado.

For those who like to ride bikes and take pictures on the trail, you’re often left with the choice of slugging around a bulky backpack or leaving your camera gear vulnerable. The EVOC Capture 7L Camera Pack aims to solve that dilemma, offering camera protection and storage in the form of a compact, breathable hip pack. Check out our review of this impressive, purpose-built product.

Gregory Targhee 32

Luke Koppa reviews the Gregory Targhee 32 for Blister in Crested Butte, Colorado.

We spent most of this past season skiing with Gregory’s recently revised Targhee 32 backpack and think it’s an excellent option for a do-it-all snowsports pack, and it’s also worth a look for photographers who spend time sliding on snow. Check out our review.

Scott Patrol E1 30 Avalanche Airbag Backpack

Paul Forward and Luke Koppa review the Scott Patrol E1 30 avalanche airbag backpack for Blister

Blister reviewer Paul Forward has used a *lot* of different avalanche airbag systems, and the electric Alpride / Scott E1 system is his current favorite. Check out our review of the Scott Patrol E1 30 pack for his take on both the backpack itself and the E1 airbag system.

High Above Lookout Hip Pack

David Golay reviews the High Above Lookout Pack for Blister.

Fanny / hip packs have been making a resurgence, and are no longer limited to 90’s throwback parties or dads on vacation. We’ve been using the High Above Lookout pack, made with modern, technical materials in Bellingham, Washington, and you can check out our full review for more.

Arc’teryx Alpha SK 32 Backpack

Sam Shaheen reviews the Arc'teryx Alpha SK 32 Backpack for Blister

This year Arc’teryx released a very minimalist backcountry ski / snowboard pack. So, how does the new Alpha SK 32 compare to more traditional options, and what do you gain and lose by going with this fast-and-light pack?

Mammut Trion Spine 50 Backpack

Sam Shaheen reviews the Mammut Trion Spine 50 Pack for Blister

Mammut just released a new line of packs with a unique suspension system designed to move with you, rather than against you. So how does the Trion Spine compare to packs with similar designs, and where does this all-purpose alpine pack excel? Check out our full review.

Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0

Sam Shaheen reviews the Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0 for Blister

Avalanche airbags can provide significant safety benefits, but they can also be prohibitively expensive or discouragingly heavy. But the Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0 is one of the lightest and one of the least expensive airbag packs on the market, so is the problem finally solved?