"Why has a fanny pack worn backward never caught on? I've been doing this since 1992 and it just works. It stays on when you pack is off so you always have a lighter, snack, toilet paper, map, compass or anything else you choose to access frequently. "
Yup, this. My camera, wallet, eyeglasses, phone (if I'm carrying one), SAK, and anything else I'd like to keep handy are always available, pack or no.
I still have hip belt pockets on my Circuit -- the right side has Purell and powder, the left side is for my snacks. My waist pack easily slides over the left side hip belt pocket so it doesn't bang around while walking.
I did try that Golite chest pouch years ago and found it too sweaty.