Product Review: hipS-sister waistband for travel

Sometimes it is the simplest designs that are the most versatile and stylish, like the hipS-sister waistband. Awkward name, awesome product.

hipS-sister leisure band

hipS-sister leisure waistband

Looking for somewhere to put your hotel room key when you go out for a morning jog? Want to take your phone too? Perhaps stash some cash in case you get lost and need a taxi back to the hotel? Or just want to go for a walk hands-free and not have to worry about a bag? Then check out the hipS-sister.

The lightweight, stretch waistband has three pockets; a hidden top-loading front slip-pocket, which fits a smartphone or iPod, a front zip pocket, perfect for a room key or cash, and a lager zip pocket in the back, which is big enough to fit a small point-and-shoot camera. Everything is held close to the body, so there is no banging or flapping (like a bum bag) and items are held comfortably without digging in or pinching.

When out jogging I wear mine over the top of my singlet, but because of its slim design it could just as easily be worn under your clothes as a secret money belt when travelling. In fact there is a wider version specifically for travel, which will fit a passport comfortably. It’s certainly more fashionable than other money belts on the market.

hipS-sister travel waistband

hipS-sister travel waistband

hipS-sister was designed by American Sonia Kanner, who says, “While on a hike with my friends, frustrated because we were all holding our precious iPhones and car keys, I said,  ‘There has to be something out there to hold all this stuff, that is cute and flattering'”. There wasn’t, so she set about designing a simple piece of fabric with pockets. Now there are several designs based on the original product.

I have versatile black, but hipS-sister comes in a range of gorgeous colours and prints including black snakeskin, camouflage and reversible polka dots. There’s a unisex sports version too.

hipS-sister fashion waistband

hipS-sister fashion waistband

Verdict: I love the hipS-sister for it’s simple, smart design, which has been well thought out. It is practical, very well made and above all, looks stylish. It has actual pockets inside the band, unlike similar designs where the band is hollow and items can slip all the way around inside. The only minor issue I’ve had is when I wear it over a Lycra top it tends to ride up slightly, but this doesn’t happen when I wear it over other fabrics (and may have something to do with the ratio of my hips to waist!). A great product for travel, fitness, leisure and fashion that takes up no room in your luggage.

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Disclosure: I paid for this product and my opinions are honest and unbiased.

About Briar's Travel Beat

Briar Jensen is a Sydney-based freelance travel writer. In her blog, Briar's Travel Beat, she shares her travel experiences to inform, entertain and inspire.
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4 Responses to Product Review: hipS-sister waistband for travel

  1. bikewalkeat says:

    What a versatile product, I haven’t seen it before. I will have to look out for it.


  2. alison says:

    I’ve. Had my eye on these for a while but I’m a little concerned about the fit. May I ask what size you bought? I’m an Australian sized 16 and I’m thinking I may be a little too cuddly/fat😃 for this.


    • Hi Alison, There are three sizes available on their website. Size A = 8-12, size B = 14-16, size C = 16-20. I’m about Aussie size 10, so I bought size A and I’m very happy with the fit. I’m sure if you bought either size B or C and it wasn’t quite right you could exchange it for the other size. Because you could be either B or C, perhaps email them with your measurements and they’ll recommend which size would be best. Their contact details are on the website. Best regards, Briar


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