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What do you all put into your hipbelt pockets?
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Andrew Richardson
(arichardson6) - F

Locale: North East
What do you all put into your hipbelt pockets? on 09/26/2007 12:14:27 MDT Print View

So not all bags have hipbelt pockets, but some people swear by their convenience. I can see this, but I was curious as to what kinds of things you all put into your hipbelt pockets. If your pack doesn't have a lid on it than I can understand, but what about those who have a pack with a lid and still use hipbelt pockets? Anything in there besides a camera and a snackbar?

Brian Markey
(bmlaw) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
hipbelt pockets on 09/26/2007 12:25:40 MDT Print View

I always keep my camera in my left hipbelt pocket and the snacks for the day along with a small knife in the right one. I like the convenience of having these things close by.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Hipbelt Pockets on 09/26/2007 12:48:00 MDT Print View

I keep my camera and GorillaPod in one and my snacks and TP in the other. On the trail you know which one I need to have handy the most.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Only my daypack has one. on 09/26/2007 12:52:45 MDT Print View

None of my backpacking packs have the pockets. My camera is pretty small and has it's own case that I hang off of my sternum strap (easier to get to!). My daypack has a pocket, I use it for my knife and other small items. My daypack has an area on the other side for my camera case to attach to so I use that as well.

My issue is with black pockets! Why do many companies make them in black? Snack foods get melted fast!

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
HBP=Good Times on 09/26/2007 12:56:45 MDT Print View

Life was tough before HBP’s. Performing contortionist maneuvers to reach your lid pocket was common, the odd dislocated shoulder from trying to reach you side zip pocket, and the famous chase your tail while accessing the “front” (or is the back?) pocket…all while wearing your pack…there is no need for this anymore. The HBP’s have solved the problem.
Really though, as my kit was getting smaller/lighter, I saw no need to stop n the trail to access common items when they could all fit in my HBP. When you think of how small the items are or could be – ie. E-lite, LM micra, folded map, camera, energy bars, whistle, compass…they can all fit. I have my pack (‘07 SMD Essence) set up so that my water bladder is in the lid, camp items in the main compartment, and any small items required frequently (except for kitchen and food) are in my hip belt pockets.
Some people fill their cargo pants with stuff, but I didn’t like that too much. I opted for a pant with only the 2 standard pockets…therefore I require the HBP.
My main compartment only opens during meals and arriving at camp. I found that as I tried to cover more ground during the day, the convenience was quite nice to have.
Don’t even get me started on Panel Loading – that’s equally as important…for me.

Edited by Steve_Evans on 09/26/2007 12:59:25 MDT.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
HBPs on 09/26/2007 13:16:37 MDT Print View

windshirt, food and camera

Andrew Richardson
(arichardson6) - F

Locale: North East
Re: HBP=Good Times on 09/26/2007 14:03:35 MDT Print View

Haha Steve...that made me laugh!

And yes, the panel loading is nice. I have a Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian and I love the panel access. I don't really use the lid, I just wanted the panel access. And yeah yeah, I know it's 3lbs, but it suits me fine! *Swings out my flaming stick against the horde of SULers and ULers* :)

I guess I can see more clearly how the hipbelt pockets help and also how they aren't necessary.

Good point about the color of the pockets Sarah!

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Bandana & Buff on 09/26/2007 20:28:39 MDT Print View

I put my bandana and buff (if not wearing it) in my hipbelt pocket, as well as lip balm (seasonally) and sometimes the camera and snacks. A lot of times I prefer my camera in my cargo pants pocket since I still find it easier to access, and I don't have to worry about banging it on a rock if I set my pack down wrong.

Stuart Burke
(burkest) - F

Locale: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Re: What do you all put into your hipbelt pockets? on 09/26/2007 20:57:21 MDT Print View

I put food in my left pocket and chapstick, water treatment kit, camera, alcohol hand gel, and a balm jar of hydropel in the right pocket.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Hip Belt Pockets on 09/26/2007 20:57:21 MDT Print View

Right = camera and spare batteries
Left = "lotions" (sunscreen, DEET, Purell, lip balm)

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
HBP contents on 09/27/2007 10:52:56 MDT Print View

Sunglasses when not on my face. Gorp in double ziplock (my theory is this reduces food odor on my pack, particularly after the ziplock starts to wear after a few days); maybe a trailbar too. Thin mitten shells if I might need 'em but am not currently wearing them. Add thin glove liners if it's really cold. I have carried a windshirt there but usually not --- have to take the pack off anyway to put that on.

Typically some mix of the above in one largish aftermarket HBP.

Camera goes in its own case on pack strap, mini-monocular the same, and I can reach around to pull out my poncho from a side mesh pouch on the pack itself.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Hip Belt Contents on 09/27/2007 18:57:47 MDT Print View

In my ULA P-2, I put:

-a power bar or two
-Lens cloth (for camera and glasses)
-Bandana to protect camera a little be a quick hand towel
-Small notepad and space pen
-TP and titanium trowel
-Knife (if I'm carrying a folding one or my Micra)
-Sometimes a small tube of sunscreen
-Sometimes a compass

Hmmm...I THINK that's it...

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Re: What do you all put into your hipbelt pockets? on 09/27/2007 19:52:21 MDT Print View

Knife, whistle, map and compass on one side, contact rewetting drops, chapstick, sunblock, and FUD on the other. My camera has its own spot on my pack belt.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Wet Rib on 09/28/2007 09:51:45 MDT Print View

I keep only a small Silva compass in my tiny REI UL 60 HBP.

BUT I have my Dana Designs Wet Rib pouch in front. It attaches to the shoulder lower adjustment straps, is large and has an outside carrier for my bike bottle, where I have an electrolyte drink.
In the Wet Rib I carry a map, sunscreen, snacks and spare pouch of Cytomax electrolyte powder. Sometimes I carry a tiny radio & ear buds.


Kevin Lutz
(EazyE) - F
belt pockets on 09/28/2007 14:59:32 MDT Print View

I love the pockets in my Catalyst. I carry a small camera, a couple of snickers marathon bars, and a compass. I had a wet rib years ago and switched to a golite pouch that hung from the sternum strap because it didn't move around so much and wasn't so big. Hipbelt pockets are where it's at though, at least for now.

Phil Barton
(flyfast) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma
Re: What do you put into your hipbelt pockets? on 09/29/2007 06:09:32 MDT Print View

I don't carry much in the pockets but it's always stuff that gets used:
-bar or nuts or trail mix
-map and maybe a compass
-notepad and pencil
-small bottle of hand sanitizer

The biggest advantage to me is having a camera where I can easily access it. I take far fewer pictures when I have my camera in pocket on the back of the pack or even in a pants pocket. I actually use those things in my hipbelt pockets when it's convenient rather than waiting for a break.

Edited by flyfast on 10/01/2007 05:13:55 MDT.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
whatsa hipbelt? on 09/29/2007 10:16:04 MDT Print View

What's a hipbelt?

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
What's a Hipbelt on 09/29/2007 11:11:10 MDT Print View

It's the part of your backpack that wraps around your hips. Some have pockets built into them to carry gear.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Whatsa Hipbelt? on 09/29/2007 11:14:49 MDT Print View

I think Larry is telling us that his packs are so insanely light and hip that they don't have no stinkin' hipbelts... :)

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Doh! on 09/29/2007 12:54:02 MDT Print View

Doh! I totally missed it! Should have known better. That's why they need EMOTICONS on this forum!

Edited by jasonklass on 09/29/2007 12:55:20 MDT.