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Great deal for the price
A bit small to keep the rope clean at the crag; but large enough to store harness & shoes. One of the pull-strings pulled out of the fabric; although I just sewed it back in. For the price....Great deal!
simple and perfect
This bag for me is perfect. it has plenty of room for a 60m rope and then some. my buddy thought it was a good idea not to bring a bag for his shoes, harness ect. he wound up just putting is personal gear in the bag with the rope, so there is lots of room. the tarp is a good size, as long as you dont mind being mindful of your rope while on belay, but if you want to be able to fling that rope anywhere and not care about where it lands, get a rope back with a bigger tarp. if you are looking for something simple and easy that gets the job done this is the bag for you.
Pros 'n' cons...
For the money, it's probably worth it to jump up to the Ropemaster. I only went with the Dirt Bag because it was the only one left in stock through Metolius. At the same time, the only real difference I've noticed is tarp size. I don't really need the compression systems or dual shoulder straps that are featured on the higher end rope bag since I tend to throw it in a backpack, anyway. My 10.1mmx60m rope compresses down almost as well just by pushing and then packing a little weight above it in my pack as it would in a compression rope bag. I hate storing anything compressed down all the way for extended periods, and appreciate that the Dirt Bag keeps my rope looser in my closet, since I only bring it out every other week or so.
As far as complaints about the tarp are concerned, I agree that it definitely is a little small. I mostly wanted a bag as a way to store my rope and protect it for transport, not for once I'm at the crag, anyway. At least I've finally found a use for my tent footprint...
Other reviewers have complained about the zipper, drawstring, and drawstring toggle. I like the big zippered opening to get the rope in easily, and don't even use the drawstring, but am only using a 60m rope. There's a snap at the top of the zipper seems very effective to me for keeping the zipper closed.
This is my first rope bag. For the next one, I'll get a Ropemaster. I definitely will still have a place for my DIrt Bag in my closet though, as I appreciate it for storage.
All told, I recommend this as a first rope bag for a 60m or shorter rope, although I haven't experienced how it performs with 70m ropes.
Also - Dirt Bag is an awesome name.
Gets the job done
The tarp is way too small. Not a huge issue if you're climbing where there isn't a ton of dust and dirt, but it's really problematic in Colorado. Relatively easy to carry and load. Good bag for the price.
Whaddaya know, a bag...for rope!!!
its pretty simple, holds my rope just fine, and its pretty durable. I didn't need some fancy bag, just something to... hold my rope! and I like the shoulder strap when it comes time to pass the damn thing to the lazy guy not carrying anything
This bag gets the job done, but has a few flaws.
First, the tarp is way too small, especially for a 70m rope. Then, getting the rope back into the rope bag is pretty hard. The sling is comfortable, the big zipper makes closing the bag easy. Again, usable but not great.
Nice idea, meh overall
The tarp is way too small for a bag that can hold a 70m rope. The bag is a bit big for a 10.5mm 60m rope. The procedure for packing the rope up into the bag is adequate. However, the drawstring closure doesn't work well, has a tendency to work open, and the pushbutton doohickey to hold the drawstring tight breaks very quickly (so you're down to knotting the drawstring). The zipper also has a tendency to work open. Go for a ropemaster.
Good bag, serves its purpose.
This bag is very different from other rope bags i've used in the past. The zipper closer makes getting the rope into the bag a challenge but once the rope is in everything is great, the sling is comfy and works well. My 70M rope fits perfectly. Another problem with this product is the tarp, it isn't big enough. That's why I give it 3 stars.