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Room for your rope, shoes, and harness.

With enough space for a 70-meter rope, shoes, harness, and draws, the Metolius Speedster Rope Bag is the only pack you need for a day at the crag. Padded shoulder straps allow for easy pack-style carrying, and the large easy-load tarp protects your cord from dirt and grime.

  • Ballistic nylon construction provides rugged durability
  • Large capacity provides ample space for a 70-meter rope, shoes, harness, draws, and chalk
  • Padded shoulder straps allow for easy backpack-style carrying
  • Large tarp protects your rope from dirt and is easy to load
  • Burly zipper and drawcord closure keep your rope safely stowed
  • Small zipped pocket safely stows your phone, keys, or wallet

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3 5

Smaller than I had expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The bag itself is very nice and the tarp is absolutely huge which is always a plus, but unfortunately it was not as large of a bag as it would seem. It claims to have room for a 70 Meter rope, shoes, harness and draws, yet mine only holds my 70 Meter rope with room for my shoes and that is about it. On the upside it is lightweight and the side pocket is really handy for storing keys or a wallet while out cragging, just know that the bag probably won't fit all the gear you want for the day and is probably best used as solely a rope bag.

4 5

Decent, smaller than expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Decided I wanted a rope bag to protect the rope and hold some of my sport climbing essentials. I really wanted an inexpensive bag, backpack style, with a tarp. This, as far as I could tell, was one of the only ones, and for less than $50, I was pretty stoked to get it.

Likes: Material is nice, color is great, it looks just like a cool bag. Tarp is excellent, it's huge, and it's got a great feel to it. Zipper down the middle is really convenient, outside pocket is perfect for storing wallet, keys, phone, everything in my pockets that I don't want on the wall with me.

Dislikes: The Metolius website says 40L (2460 cu in)...No way. It's much much smaller, I'd say 30L at most, which is about what Backcountry posts here on the website (1775 cu in = 29L). After stuffing my 60m 10.2 rope in there, I barely had room to put my harness, 10 draws, and chalk bag. It all stuck out the top. I had to carry my shoes and water bottle. Not that it's a big problem, but I wanted a larger bag to get basically all my stuff in. This major dislike is more of just a personal dislike, not a fault with the bag. It just didn't fit my purpose well. Aside from that, the backpack straps, aren't incredibly comfortable, but it IS just a rope bag. Also, there should REALLY be a daisy chain on the outside to clip a helmet or shoes to (bud below says the same thing).

Overall, good bag, if you're not trying to put a lot in it. However, isn't the point of having a backpack style bag trying to get almost everything in it, to free your hands up for the approach hike/scramble? That's what I wanted. If you just want to put rope in it, not much else, and you want a backpack, this is great.

I ended up returning this bag and getting the Black Diamond Demon Duffel 5 stars for that pack. Check it out.

4 5

Good, not great

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Pros:
1.) The size of the tarp- I think the biggest you will find on the market right now
2.) Ease of use - The zipper right up the gut allows for quick access to all contents
3.) Shoulder straps - personal preference here, but I like a backpack style bag better than an over-the-shoulder style climbing bag when hiking into the crag
4.) The outside material of the bag can really take a beating when going through brush and resists tears

Cons:
1.) I wish the bag had a little more storage space. After my rope and quickdraws, I can fit my harness, chalk, long sleeve shirt and towel. My shoes stick out the top when I try to pack them (I also wear a size 13.5 shoe, which doesn't help the situation).
2.) I think the bag could benefit from some type of strap system that would allow me to store my helmet on the outside of my bag. If not my helmet, maybe I could use that system to store my shoes.

I think Metolius' intent was to keep the size of the bag small on purpose as to provide a daypack for the crag, but I do think a little extra storage could help everyone who has big shoes or wants to pack an extra layer of clothes.

Responded on

The intended use is as a Rope Bag - not a backpack - and it's less than $50, so it's not going to have all the features and volume as a backpack.

Responded on

Hey Chip, in the description of the product, it says:
"Large capacity provides ample space for a 70-meter rope, shoes, harness, draws, and chalk," so I'm pretty sure bud can't be blamed for trying to fit all that in there. As far as my opinion, I agree with bud. I wish the bag were just a tad larger, depending on how I pack my 60m 10.2 rope, some of my draws, or part of my harness, or some of my shoes stick out the top.

I also thought the exact same thing, that I wish there was some sort of dais chain or something on the outside to which a helmet could be attached.

However, Chip is correct, it's only $47, and for that price, it's got a great tarp, and is one of the only backpack style rope bags I could find, excluding several much more expensive models.

Metolius Speedster Bag Capacity

Metolius Speedster Bag Capacity

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This is my Metolius Speedster bag with a 60m rope packed down with the tarp. Note that the rope and tarp occupy 50-60% of the bag's capacity. The quickdraw sits on top of the tarp to let you know how much space you would have left for other items.

Does this bag have a waist strap?
Thank...

Posted on

Does this bag have a waist strap?
Thanks!

Responded on

Hey Leif,
No, this bag does not have a waist strap.