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Great pack for cragging days
Fits my old bulky 70m lead cord + whole trad rack (doubles up to blue C4 + 1 ea #4 and #5, plus nuts, binners and slings) + shoes and harness and chalk + water and snaks for a day + guidebook. And there is still a bit of space for extra luxiry items (e.g., a beer can or two).
One don't need a rope tarp with this bag - it serves as a perfect rope buckle. Just pack a lead line ready to go to the bottom of your pack (do not forget to tie a huge knot on the "upper" end of the rope).
It can stand by itself and it really makes difference. Very easy to pack and unpack.
Great canyon pack, why discontinued?!
I use this as a primary canyoneering pack. Too bad the new years model is different (all kinds of useless buckles, loops, etc. Heavier too!). Make a few holes in the bottom for drainage and this is the best pack for wet canyons. It works fine in dry canyons as well. Nothing survives a narrow sandstone slot, but this pack resisted it pretty well. In fact, I had no serious holes in after a year of use. The first thing to go where the straps and buckles. This is the second one I got.
Great as a crag pack! Holds 70m rope and half the trad rack plus some water. Tough as nails.
Jack of all trades
This is an awesome crag-bag, Multipitch, single-day bag, or as a canyoneering pack. holds everything you need...cams,harnesses, rope, ect. I recomend this bag to anyone
Almost Big Enough...
This is a very well made pack and does work well as a haul bag. On the down side, it's just not big enough to hold everything you need for a long day out. Bought this before we went to City of Rocks. It held a ton of trad gear, but if you don't want to go back to your car or camp, you'll need something bigger. But for short trips and moving your gear from climb to climb it's great. It's not the most comfortable pack if you don't think before you pack. But I have had almost 40 lbs. stuffed into and hanging off of it and lived... But with no frame offers little support for your back. But it is tough as nails...
Great, just don't overload
These make fantastic craggin' packs. Indestructible and pretty much waterproof, they stand up to a lot abuse. And they carry surprisingly well, but only up to a point. With a big rack, a rope and too much water my shoulders start to complain and the hip belt won't take much weight off. That is my only complaint. Just keep the size of your load in check and this pack will work great. Overload and you'll be hurting. If you tend to carry a lot, I'd get the smallest haul bag instead.
Metolius Haul bags are the best your $$ can buy. Having been an avid fan for years the natural next step was the haul "pack". This thing makes an burly pack for cragging, lasting a generation. My only complaints are that 1) it lacks a sternum strap and 2) I wish it were a hair larger. Having said that, I still thing this fits the bill for cragging with anything but a wall rack. OR, use it as a smaller bag on your next BigWall
Love this bag.
I bought this bag to use as a sub-bag on a wall. It worked great for that, we put the day's food, water, and extra clothes in this thing, and that way we never had to get into the big pig except at bivys. It's great not having to dig to the bottom of a giant bag just to find a water bottle.
After I got home, this bag became my main cragging pack. It's the perfect size for a rope or rack and all your personal gear, plus it's waterproof, and tough as hell. It can also double as a rope bucket in a pinch. I definitely recommend it.