Review: Mission Workshop Axis Hip Pack

As an 80s child, I was brought up with bum bags. My olds used to rock ‘em back in the day; this era was the birth of the bum bag. The bum bag concept was thought up because people wanted to protect themselves from bandits, so having the bag positioned on the front of the body made sense. The bags fell into decline during the early 2000s, but in recent times there’s been a resurgence of the trend. In our sport, there’s a raft of options - from massive sacks with drink hoses, smaller packs with water bottle carriers and simple pouches that hold just enough gear for one jaunt. The Axis Hip Pack keeps things on the simpler side; it’s minimal, functional and has a subtle style about it.

Mission Workshop might be a little unknown to readers, so here’s a brief intro: the brand hails from San Francisco and is ‘Made in the USA’. It’s roots go back to messenger bags, built tough for their environment, but always with a sense of style. Since 2009, they’ve come a long way and now the brand makes a raft of bags and clothing.

Back to the hip pack. I’ve found hip packs really useful in recent years as they help you carry the essentials for a ride, without having to strap ‘em to your frame. You know - things like tools, tubes, snacks, keys, phone, CO2 and the rest. As, I’ve ‘tried’ to develop my camera skills, I’ve been keen on taking a mirrorless camera on my rides too. So, I was stoked to learn the Axis Hip Pack could fit it, along with my other ride essentials. Being based in NZ - where it tends to rain a lot - the weather-resistant liner with minimal seams was welcomed.