Storage was a fun metric to test. We loaded these hip packs up with our tools in as many configurations as possible. We used mini-pumps and CO2 cartridges, tightly wrapped tubes, and loose and sloppy tubes. Sandwiches, bars, snacks, and beverages were also shoved into these packs. The best waist bags have storage that is well organized with special compartments for smaller items. Having storage pockets on the waist wings of these packs is also a bonus, as these are easy to access on the fly. How much storage space you need will depend on how much you intend to carry with you.
Among the small, compact options, we love the EVOC Hip Pouch 1L. This minimalist hip pack doesn't have the ability to carry water and is best suited for quick laps after work or during lunch. While it is short on space, the storage area is very well-organized and functional. Likewise, the Bontrager Rapid Pack has only a small amount of storage space best suited for shorter rides or riders who only carry the bare minimum. You can fit all the essentials, plus a water bottle, and it is held very securely and unobtrusively. 2b1af7f3a8