Top Pick for Features
Lots of features
Large removable tarp
Unique design allows bag to "stand up"
Not as easy to stuff into a backpack as other models
The Petzl Kab
was our Editors' Choice because it rocked pretty much every testing category. The Kab features the largest tarp among all the burrito style bags we tested and had tons of other kick-ass features. We loved how nicely it stood up like a bucket, giving us one more place to set things down. We appreciated it's multiple zippered pockets, polyurethane re-enforced bottom and gear loops among other things.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Metolius Dirt Bag II
Easy to pack
Packing the rope isn't as easy as some other models
The Metolius Dirt Bag II
is our new OutdoorGearLab Best Buy award winner. We didn't give the old Dirt Bag the award because we really didn't like its tiny tarp, but now that the Dirt Bag II has a much larger tarp, it's a sweet no-frills option that gets the job done of protecting your rope and helping to keep it clean without any extras. The Dirt Bag is tough and as you likely guess from the name, only costs $30. If your looking for a good deal on a dope bag but maybe want a few other features for only $10 more we really like the Metolius Ropemaster HC
because it has compression straps and is easier to roll up and the $40 Petzl Bolsa for its potential use as a half day cragging pack.
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Top Pick for Versatility
Great cragging pack
Comfortable padded shoulder straps
Harder to pack into a larger pack
Tarp is a little more challenging to pack than on other models
The Metolius Speedster
was one of our OutdoorGearLab Top Picks because of its versatility and for its option to be used as a stand alone cragging pack.
Tester Ian Nicholson used the Speedster on a trip to Southern Spain and not only was it his only cragging pack, but his only backpack for the whole trip. If you want the convenience of a funnel style rope bag that can double as a half day cragging pack and a rope bag, make sure to check out the Petzl Bolsa
which narrowly missed this award.
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