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Blitz the canyon.
- Floatable, durable rope bag for canyoneering
- Fits 250 feet of 9.5mm canyon rope
- Internal mesh helps gear dry quickly
- Grab handle and webbing strap for easy carry
- Top flap with buckled strap closure and internal drawstring
- Item #STE001R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I gave this as a gift and he has this to share:
This is a great durable bag! The rubbery mesh at the top makes it pretty difficult to cinch the draw cord all the way up but I guess it's the trade off for durability.
Generally a step down from competitors
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Sterling says the following about the bag: “Designed for the toughest canyoneering expeditions, the Blitz bag is a floatable yet sturdy bag with removable flotation and a shoulder strap. An inventive stand-up and stay-open feature allows for rapid repacking.
250' of CanyonLux and CanyonPrime
220' of C-IV and CanyonTech”
The bag capacity seems about right. I had no trouble fitting 200’ of C-IV in it, and was able to barely cram 300’ of CanyonPrime in it-220’ of C-IV or 250’ of CanyonPrime sounds about right. The bag weighs in at a hefty 1.7lbs, according to my bathroom scale. About 50% more than the Imlay medium bag I have on hand. While the “inventive stand-up and stay-open feature” may sound great, it doesn’t really help. Re-packing while letting the bag stand up on its own is a strain on your back while you lean over to bag height, and there’s nothing wrong with the old method of clipping the bag to your harness or having your partner hold it. The bag does appear to stay open better than others, but at the cost of the heavy construction. The bag also lacks an internal loop near the top to secure the rope inside-potentially a big issue in big water. There is a bottom loop to secure the other end of the rope, as would be expected. Additionally, my specific bag’s drawstring was sewn into the mesh bag fabric on one side, leaving only one side of the drawstring usable and also leaving me questions about the workmanship and QC elsewhere. The carrying strap is interestingly only passed through a pair of grommets and looped through the inside. Though non-standard, this seems to work alright. The bag has significantly fewer drainage holes/mesh areas than the BlueWater/CanyonWerks bags, but they are distributed better than on Imlay bags. A fairly dry Pine Creek run is the only canyon with water that I’ve used it in so far, so I don’t think I can comment more on drainage ability. At $66, this bag’s only advantage over the competition may be its fancy name.