KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack

I almost have as many fanny packs (waist packs) as I do holsters. Well, maybe not that many – but I do have several. One of the packs lasted about a year until the buckle gave out. Another is great for a pistol no larger than a .380 pistol or small-framed .38 special revolvers. Still another is large enough to carry a compact pistol of larger caliber, but just not the way I prefer.

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/RIA 1911 FS Tactical

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/RIA 1911 FS Tactical

I recently received the KA-Bar TDI Fanny Pack; a pack that I had hoped might assist me in carrying a pistol of a good size and not a compact pistol when I wanted to wear a fanny pack. I recently started riding my bicycle again and did not want something that was going to shout, “Looky here, I’m carrying!” Since I had a couple of Ka-Bar TDI knives, and they are of good quality, I decided to try the KA-Bar TDI Fanny Pack.

First, the pack is robust. Heavily padded 100% polyester, which helps support a large and heavy firearm, comprises the pack’s body. The wide strap is nylon and you can adjust it to about a 42″ inch waist. Luckily, I have some to go yet before I reach those dimensions. One feature that I really like about the pack is that the buckle is about at the appendix position. This helps to prevent someone just reaching out an unbuckling it from the back. The buckle, as is most quick-disconnect types these days, made of polymer.

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/Glock G21

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/Glock G21

The Front

The front of the pouch is the utility storage area. Two small pouches allow you to carry a cell phone and a spare magazine (depending on the firearm being carried), or a small folding knife or mini multi-tool. A magazine for a Glock G36 fits snugly in either of these two pouches.

The very outside pouch is mesh and could hold whatever your heart desires. It; however, is not a secure pouch. Directly behind it is a zippered, lined pocket for more storage. Since I cannot wear my “trucker’s” wallet, because of its size, when riding my bicycle, I pair things down and substitute a simple flat wallet with just the essentials. The wallet also helps to prevent any firearm that I carry from being outlined.

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/Glock G36

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/Glock G36

The larger “working pouch is directly behind the small, dual nylon zippered pouch with two d-ring pulls that are securely fastened inside of the main pouch. Position both zippers about where the d-rings are located (left or right) and tug downward and outward to open the pouch quickly – or – simply open the pouch by unzipping the zippers manually. I do not quite have the “pull” down just yet but I am working on it. I am going to add a length of paracord pulls to the rings for a better grasp.

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/Ruger Blackhawk in .38/.357

KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack w/Ruger Blackhawk in .38/.357

From the front, the main pouch seems quite small. That is the beauty of the pouch; for the uninformed, the pouch would seem too small to conceal a full size firearm. However, it can hold a pistol of significant size quite nicely and snugly – up to and including the Glock G21 and a Government model 1911-base pistol, and even a Ruger Blackhawk with a 4.62″ barrel. Sufficient padding protects your favorite carry. The design of the pouch accommodates left and right-handed operators.

There are also two expandable straps within the main pouch that could be used to secure smaller, slimmer pistols, should one choose to do so. There is substantial material for protecting the firearm wherever the firearm makes contact within the holster.

There are 4 slots in the cover of the main pouch that could hold a number of things but since I do not like things rubbing against my firearm, I prefer to keep these empty. However, some may wish to carry a pen, spare magazine, a couple of slim-jim snacks, clip-on type folding knife, etc.

The Back

The back of the pouch also has some nice features aside from the quite dominant KA-BAR TDI logo. There is a heavily stitched nylon vertical slot on each side of the main pouch. These slots can hold the TDI Law Enforcement knife or other clip-on type knife for quick access. Straying 15 degrees from normal and since I wear suspenders quite often, I found that if I pushed my Perry suspenders through the loops and then secured the suspenders to my belt, the pack rests even more solidly in place.

Two double-snap loops, when looped around and snapped around the belt, help keep the pack in place. The loops will fit up to a 1.5″ belt of your choice.

The KA-Bar TDI Fanny Pack is quite a nice unit and the only thing that would make it bulky is what you stuff in it. I have been wearing the pack under some riding garments when I ride my bicycle (I am not to be found wearing spandex nor hard funny looking helmets; a speed racer I am not). My usual biking attire consists of a lightweight sports shirt, a lightweight photog vest, my “Geezer Breezer” hat and cargo pants. The KA-Bar TDI Fanny Pack quite simply disappears when I am riding, me being bent over and all, and is not all that noticeable under my clothing when I am resting – I just look like another fat old man out for a leisurely ride (funny what you can get away with when you have some age on you).

In the end, I will see how the KA-Bar TDI Fanny Pack holds up. For my bicycle riding purposes, it is there when I need it as an alternative carry method.

The KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack is modestly priced and I found mine at http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-TDI-Enforcement-Fanny-Pack/dp/B001H53QB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374617014&sr=8-1&keywords=KA-Bar+TDI+Fanny+Pack.

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About Taurian

Taurian is an Oath Keeper, veteran, former LEO and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Until retirement, Taurian had over forty-seven years of experience as a Technical Writer and Training Program Developer. After leaving home at the age of ten without any shoes, Taurian continues on with many years devoted to the keeping and bearing of arms.

One Response to KA-BAR TDI Fanny Pack

  1. Dave says:

    Hi,
    Great review. Have you been using it, and how is it holding up?

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