By Seb Kemp
Dakine Hip Pack
I believe there are three kinds of really bad people: The Evil At A Distance, the Villain By Association and Odious Of Proximity.
Evil At A Distance – This refers to the kinds of people who do wrong to the world but only indirectly to most of us: Child murderers, rapists and genocidal maniacs. These troublemakers are rare and, thankfully, usually don't directly affect many people personally. What they do is really, really bad, make no mistake, but they aren’t up in everyone’s face being bad all the time. Unless you are really unlucky.
Villain By Association – Politicians and the kinds of people that burn their tongues eating Hot Pockets and then sue because there was no warning label are pretty bad people because they mess things up for us all, but in such subtle and devious ways that we don't see the wrong until it's too late.
Exasperating in Proximity – This might be the worse of the lot because these people are right there, in your face, making a mess of everything. A prime example of these people are the riders who come out on rides without a backpack. They come without a spare tube, a multi-tool or a snack, then beg, borrow and steal off everyone else just so the ride can be finished. To cure the scourge of these people I suggest hip packs for all. It might be a gateway bag and one day these pain-in-the-ass riders will not halt rides so easily.
The Dakine Hip Pack is a big old fanny holster that can store all sorts of spares and repairs in the main body and then the two hip pockets can hold a multi-tool for easy retrieval and phone/camera for instant access Instabangers.
It can carry a lot, including a beer or two, weighs little but does feel like you will overheat your kidneys one day. Price still unknown but keep an eye out on dakine.com or dealers for news.
If you have a friend who fouls up your rides because they come ill-prepared, then buy them this hip pack for Christmas and save yourself the heartbreak of future ruined rides.