I love the hip monkey for short outings and hikes where a backpack is overkill. Perfect size for 1-2L of water, snacks/lunch, wallet, cellphone, maybe a small jacket. Just took it on a scrabble following a creek up a rugged canyon in the desert, using it as a hip pack. It was very comfortable and secure, didn’t really notice it was there and certainly didn’t miss the sweaty back routine. For biking around the city I wear it bandolier style as it’s a bit more urban fashionable. Still, for half-days hikes or in cooler seasons when you don’t have to haul a lot of water, I am a convert to waist packs because of this little guy. The description is correct, it is deceptively roomy and expands and contracts well. Like all MR stuff, is exceptionally well made.
My only criticism of the bag is that the straps flop all over the place. For the main waist/shoulder strap (2”) and for the compression straps (1”) I used these: http://www.strapworks.com/Plastic_Slides_p/ps.htm
Not a big deal for me, I like customizing things, but seems like it would be a good idea if MR added the slides or keepers for at least the main strap in the future.
That said, awesome bag and a great price.
A hip pack to get the monkey off your back!
The Hip Monkey's exterior is deceptively trim, but it can easily swallow an extra layer, phone, water bottle, keys, wallet, thermos, etc. It accommodates up to six folf discs or even a six pack of bottles. The waistbelt is designed for an efficient fit whether on the hips or diagonally over the shoulder.