Sean Hermanywrote a review of Metolius Freerider on May 7, 2014
Familiarity: I've used it several times
My previous cragging pack was a 60L cilogear, that had been working just fine until my roommate's Marmot Retriever chewed through it for her bounty of a used Gu packet. C'est la vie.
Since it was late April and I needed a cragging pack more than a big alpine pack, I bought the Freerider.
This is without a doubt the best cragging pack there is. Simple design, but everything you need. Beefy, without question, without being too heavy. You won't break this thing throwing it around or scraping it up. The closures work just right, and it's easy to throw a rope under the lid if you're almost full (i.e. you have your share of an Indian Creek rack in the thing) since there's a strap to secure the rope.
The way it stands up on its own, and doesn't implode, makes it super easy to pack, and the lid provides pockets for cell phone, wallet, sunblock, etc.
The only reason I can think of not to buy this as a cragging pack is if you NEVER have more with you than a sport rack, jacket, and lunch.