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By HayleyFavorite
May 28, 2013

Hey everyone!
I'm looking to purchase a rope bag and Im wondering if anyone has any suggestions. Ive been looking at METOLIUS ROPE BAGS, but I'm open to any brand. I'd like to hear reviews from everyone. Any opinions are welcome. Thanks :)


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
May 28, 2013
me

I don't know what Metolius I have but it was like $40 and I love it!!


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By HayleyFavorite
May 28, 2013

Thanks Rob!


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By Highlander
From Ouray, CO
May 28, 2013

Just get an IKEA bag, works great and super cheap.


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By nadeleets
May 28, 2013
Halloween 2011

If you're willing to spend twice the amount for the latest and greatest, check this out. I got mine as a graduation gift and I really dig it. It's super efficient since it doubles as a rope bucket and the rope feeds out without a hitch. Compresses really well into your pack as well. Cheers.



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By Dan Allard
From West Chester, PA
May 29, 2013
Day at Summersville Lake

+1 for the Metolius Ropemaster - classic bag that's been around forever for good reason. I love the large built in tarp w/end tie offs and the double compression straps with the indestructible metal buckles - cinches down tight - simple design. The plastic buckles like on the Arcterx bag and others - ultimately you will step on and crunch them when hopping around putting your shoes on standing on the tarp at the base of the climb. Also the thing I like about the large rectangular Metolius tarp design is that you can flake the rope out in the center, fold in the sides and roll it up into the bag - next time you go to use the rope, unroll and ready to go, no flaking necessary. The Haku looks like you just dump it all into a big knot.

I personally don't really get the hype with the Ikea bags either. No tarp, no compression straps...yes they cost $0.59 but that seems like $0.59 to much for me - I get basically the same utility for free by just stuffing the rope in my backpack..?


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By ChaseLeoncini
From San Diego, California
May 29, 2013
El Cajon Mtn. Leonids. 5.9.

Jus bought the elderid caddy rope bag. Best bag ive ever had. A bit weak on the pull string but otherwise amazing.
Look up how it opens and the simplicity of putting your rope away.


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By Brian Snider
From NorCal
May 29, 2013
Me

I like this one.
It holds a ton of gear but compresses well when empty. Mostly just use it to haul and sort gear at the car but it would be great for graging too.


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By rogerbenton
May 29, 2013
Whoever this guy is, he's just plain irresponsible.

+1 for the BD bag in the link above.

ikea works too, you can bungee it into a tight cigar and mount on to of your pack for the approach.


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By KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
May 29, 2013
Me at the summit of Inner Course (5.4) in the Outlets.  Long, lovely, mellow route.  Well protected even.  My favorite lead from the trip.

I have both the Metolius and BD Superslacker rope bags, and like the Superslacker much better. It's easier to roll up and zip, rather than wrapping up the rope and trying to roll and stuff it into the bag like the Metolius. The Superslacker also swallows 70m single or 60m doubles easier.


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By Dave Alie
From Golden, CO
May 29, 2013
Photo Credit: The talented Pete Garceau

Hayley,

What are you planning on doing with the rope bag? Do you need the capacity to carry doubles? 70m? 60m? short or long approaches? Multi-pitch? Etc. If you're just looking for something to lay on the ground for short-approach crag days, I'm inclined to agree with the IKEA bag and supplemental tarp or something super cheap and easy. If that's not quite appealing, then cheap is the way to go provided the bag is large enough to carry whatever rope you tend to crag with (if you crag with a 10+mm 70m rope some bags might be too small to be convenient).

For longer approaches, etc. I've been sold on bags that have two straps (and thus wear like a backpack) rather than one. This is especially true if you're doing multi-pitch stuff where it's nice to carry some water, food, sandals/shoes for the descent since you can just bring the rope bag on the climb.

I wrote up a review of two metolius rope bags I bought a while back if you're interested in greater detail:
blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/metolius-dirt-bag-and-por>>>

though I should add that the newer version (since I bought mine) of the Porta-cord is made with slightly beefier material and has a slightly larger tarp than the one in the review.

good luck!


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By kennoyce
From Layton, UT
May 29, 2013
Climbing at the Gallery in Red Rocks

Dave Alie wrote:
I should add that the newer version (since I bought mine) of the Porta-cord is made with slightly beefier material and has a slightly larger tarp than the one in the review. good luck!


I just looked on metolius's website and it still says that that porta-cord has the tiny 3' x 3' tarp. I bought the porta-cord a while back thinking that it would have a decent sized tarp like on the ropemaster, but the tiny tarp that it comes with is practically useless.


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By Dave Alie
From Golden, CO
May 29, 2013
Photo Credit: The talented Pete Garceau

kennoyce wrote:
I just looked on metolius's website and it still says that that porta-cord has the tiny 3' x 3' tarp.


Damn, that's disappointing. My only serious criticism of the porta-cord was the small rope tarp (I see absolutely no excuses for a small tarp in a rope bag. so stupid). Just after posting that review, Metolius emailed to say that they had already taken steps to address the tarp size for the upcoming generation of the bag (the currently available generation). It's too bad if that's not the case, they're missing a chance to make a good rope bag truly great.


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By Ian Stewart
May 29, 2013

+1 on the IKEA bag. I've been using one for a year or so and it's holding up really well. You can fold the top edge over a couple inches and it stays open so you can use it like a giant rope bucket (belay directly out of the bag), it doesn't gather dirt like a tarp flat on the ground does, it's got 2 different length of handles for carrying and/or tying the end to, and you can throw in your shoes/draw/etc. to move short distances between climbs at the crag.

Oh yeah, did I mention that they're $0.59?

I own a couple other rope bags, including a metolius, and I haven't used any of them since picking up the IKEA bag.


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By Ian Stewart
May 29, 2013

Dan Allard wrote:
I personally don't really get the hype with the Ikea bags either. No tarp, no compression straps...yes they cost $0.59 but that seems like $0.59 to much for me - I get basically the same utility for free by just stuffing the rope in my backpack..?


I climb/belay directly out of the bag and flake the rope back into it; no additional tarp needed. If you're careful the rope will never touch the ground and the bag doesn't take up much space with only about a 2.5 sq ft footprint. This also gives the bonus benefit that dogs can't really walk over the rope like they often do on standard tarps laid out on the ground. I don't use/need compression straps either...just fold the bag over (which it does easily since it's so big) and load it in my backpack. It takes me less time to load/unload the rope than with any other bag I've used, and it's always flaked and ready to go right out of the bag.


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By jeffozozo
From huntsville, utah
May 29, 2013
me

Highlander wrote:
Just get an IKEA bag, works great and super cheap.


+1
$1.18
$1.18


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By bearbreeder
May 29, 2013

the ikea bag IMO is superior to a tarp/rope bag because

-its easier to flake the rope directly in the bag when you pull it

- for that climb a few metres away you can just carry the bag, no need to grab the edges of the tarp

- its much lighter

- want to carry the bag a decent distance? ... just roll it tight and stuff it in yr pack or strap it to the top

- its one dollah up here in the land of maple syrup ... you can spend that 30-40$ you saved on real gear that will save your life, or help you climb harder

- thumb yr nose at those evil outdoor companies that try to tell you gear you dont need

;)


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By ChaseLeoncini
From San Diego, California
May 29, 2013
El Cajon Mtn. Leonids. 5.9.

The Elderid bag i mentioned has like a 6x6 tarp after opened. Its pretty big and whats even better is, as long as your rope is on the tarp itself, pick up the corners and itll slide right into the bag. It is expensive yes, but like i said, best bag ive ever had.


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By Tyrel Fuller
From Denver, CO
May 29, 2013
Big Bend

Buy a DMM Classic rope bag. All other rope bags are inferior. They are 6 bucks more than the Metolius Ropemaster HC, and way better.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
May 29, 2013
OTL



Mammut Mikea Bag

Your Price: 6.00


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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Jun 3, 2013
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FISH makes super bomber bags.

www.fishproducts.com/catalog/productlinefs.html


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By kevin deweese
From walnut creek, ca
Jun 16, 2013
don't throw rocks

Snakecharmer from Fish or STFU


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By trad4eva
Sep 13, 2013

IKEA! I use those bags for everything


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Sep 13, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

Soo...
confused
Sooo... many... options...


mind=blown
mind=blown


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By Peter Jackson
From Rumney, NH
Sep 13, 2013
Just in case the two big belay anchors aren't obvious enough for you, here is where to find the belay station.

bearbreeder wrote:
thumb yr nose at those evil outdoor companies that try to tell you gear you dont need ;)


+1. Then go join Fight Club.

I've got an old rope bag from 20 years ago that I still use. The designs haven't progressed enough that I've felt the need to "upgrade". The most important feature of a rope bag is keeping the rope stacked out of the dirt. The second most important feature is being able to tote the rope around from climb to climb.

I've seen people use Ikea bags, shower curtains, and $60 sewn bags with whiz-bang features. They all work about the same when it comes to the two most important features.

That is, if you even need those two features. Half the time I forgo the bag and stack the rope intelligently on a clean rock, my pack, or in a sling. Saves a pound in the pack for other stuff.


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By Julia Morley
Oct 24, 2013



A friend of mine was using an IKEA bag for his rope and I ended up having some fun modifying it. If nothing else it's a great conversation starter on the crag :-)

(More about it at IKEA hackers)


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