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By BillA
Apr 11, 2011

A couple of months ago Graham from CiloGear gave me a prototype of the new 65L Hauly to test out. I'm pretty sure I was supposed to give it back a while ago, but I uhhhh, forgot. Anyway, I finally got some action photos so thought I'd post a review. Let us commence!

Saturday morning my friend Sue and I loaded up the minivan and drove towards Smith Rock. When we pulled into the parking lot the winds were blustery and it was a bit cold, but the sun was threatening to come out, so we headed up the long approach to what's probably the best formation in the park: The Wombat. This was to be my third route on The Wombat and every single time I've been up there it's been cold as shit. This was no exception, but we persevered and climbed the Santiam Highway Ledges route. I cannot recommend it enough. It's got an amazing position, really fun climbing, and was rebolted a year or two ago with fat new ASCA bolts. Thanks Tyler and friends for your hard work! It really deserves to get climbed more often. We then enjoyed some target practice, eliminating the looming PBR can threat. Freeeeeedom!!!!

sue shoots
sue shoots


On Sunday we headed to the backside and tried to find a route that my buddy Brad bolted back in the 90's. Thinking we were on the right path, we found ourselves scrambling up a scary loose fourth class gully. The funniest/most frightening moment of the day came as I pulled up onto a small ledge and heard a hissing noise. I froze and my brain automatically came up with, "SNAKE!" I looked around and saw the black body and wide head and my panicked thought was, "COBRA!" I stood there for a second, thinking not about how ridiculous it was that there was a cobra in central Oregon, but what I was going to do when it shot venom into my eyes and then killed me. I shrieked like a school girl, startling Sue who thought I had fallen and was about to trundle her down the steep gully. I always figured I would have more dignity in the face of certain death, alas. After gathering myself I realized it was just a pissed off goose protecting her nest from intruders. Turns out we were in the completely wrong place anyway. Go figure.

So, what does this have to do with the Hauly? Not much except that it's perfect for this sort of thing. The 65L is pretty ginormous and
I like that I can shove all of my stuff in it without having to worry about having enough room. Part of my chosen profession is teaching people how to climb rocks, so I like being able to pile multiple ropes and lots of gear into it. I like that I can be careless when I'm getting lost in various gullies and scrape it against rocks and chimney with it and the copious amounts of ballistics fabric will take my abuse. I like that the shoulder straps are comfortable and that I can wear it all day without pain. Essentially it is what it is advertised to be. A giant bombproof sack that you can haul and abuse and will last a really long time.

I made Sue carry my bag down as it was heavy and she's way stronger than I am (and significantly more photogenic).

Sue Hauly 1
Sue Hauly 1


Sue Hauly 2
Sue Hauly 2


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By divnamite
From New York, NY
Apr 11, 2011

So what's the difference between this and any other haul bags on the market? Does it carry better than other haul bags? Does it haul better, last longer, etc?


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By BillA
Apr 11, 2011

It's significantly more comfortable than other haulbags I've had the pleasure of carrying (Metolious/BD/Fish/Etc.) It carries much more like a backpack, as the shape of the back panel is flat and not round like the others. It essentially feels like you're carrying any other CiloGear pack, which most people who own them seem to enjoy. But from what I understand it's not meant to be a replacement for a haul bag, more of like a bomber cragging pack that you can haul if need be. For example, I've found that the 30L version works really well for bolting new routes, as it's the perfect size for a drill and accessories. But I wouldn't take them as my primary haul bag on a big wall route. So yeah, less a haulbag, more a really tough pack for cragging and various other endeavors.


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By Clyde
Apr 11, 2011

Basically a knock off of the Gregory Big Wally, just not as rugged.


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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Apr 11, 2011
tanuki

What is the hip-belt like? Is it the same as the other Cilogear models?


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By BillA
Apr 11, 2011

Mine didn't come with a hip belt because the prototype wasn't finished yet, so when I use it I either rig a gray dual adjust strap from my other Cilo bag or I just carry it with no hipbelt (which should be a testament to it's comfort considering I'm a wuss). So anyway, I e-mailed Graham because I wasn't sure what the deal was, here's how he replied:

Shown in coyote for ease of photography, the larger Hauly hipbelts combine padded pods with a 1.5" webbing belt. The pods use a super firm dual density foam from CiloGear's 75L worksacks. The webbing velcros into the pack and then goes through a metal buckle on the pod so the pod stays put when it's on the pack. The pod can be rigged to run a load lifter by sticking a CiloGear simple strap through the red loop which also serves to hold down the 1.5" webbing.

 <br />Hauly 65 hip belt

Hauly 65 hip belt


There ya go!


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By tenesmus
Apr 13, 2011

How do you pronounce the name if that company?


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By BillA
Apr 13, 2011

Good question, it is pronounced: chee-low gear.


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By Billcoe
Jun 6, 2011

Is that a Sig p220 Bill? I have one of these phenomenal packs and it carries massive weight better than any other pack I've used. Furthermore, it weighs in at just under 4 lbs. This is damn nice for when you want to toss in a harness and shoes and want to go light and not pay the weight penalty like the 7 lb Arxterix my buddy has.

There is a large pocket on top, big enough for a camera, lunch etc etc. An additional small pocket inside is great for keys and cell phones.



Overview with my (late) Wilson Combat Protector 1911.


These things go from comfortable pack to haul bag in less than 30 seconds I'd guess. Straps all tucked out of the way and ready to haul. That's what really distinguishes them from most everything else out there. All the larger haul packs I've ever used (A5, Fish, Metolius, Black Diamond) seem to be overly heavy and uncomfortable to use as packs.

  • Size
  • Speed
  • Comfort.


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By Sam Stephens
Jun 6, 2011
Top half of Melifluous

Billcoe wrote:
Is that a Sig p220 Bill? I have one of these phenomenal packs and it carries massive weight better than any other pack I've used. Furthermore, it weighs in at just under 4 lbs. This is damn nice for when you want to toss in a harness and shoes and want to go light and not pay the weight penalty like the 7 lb Arxterix my buddy has. There is a large pocket on top, big enough for a camera, lunch etc etc. An additional small pocket inside is great for keys and cell phones. Overview with my (late) Wilson Combat Protector 1911. These things go from comfortable pack to haul bag in less than 30 seconds I'd guess. Straps all tucked out of the way and ready to haul. That's what really distinguishes them from most everything else out there. All the larger haul packs I've ever used (A5, Fish, Metolius, Black Diamond) seem to be overly heavy and uncomfortable to use as packs. * Size * Speed * Comfort.


Nice Wilson...


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By Steven N
From CO
Jun 15, 2011



Cup and Saucer? Seriously?? :P


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