To take care of your new rope, one of the best things to do is get a rope bag. will greatly extend the useful time of your rope. There are many different options and features to suite the different forms of rock climbing found in mountaineering. Sport climbing, technical, competition, big wall all expose your rope to different elements during the approach, and climbing out. During the haul in, using a good bag will protect your rope.
Rope Bag protection
The quality and strength of a rope degrades over time. The amount of useful time you get out of it depends on how well you protect it from the elements. Ultraviolet (UV) light and dirt act to weaken it with prolonged exposure. For example, if you're actually on the rocks for a total cumulative time of 2 hours out of a 6 hour session, there is only the need to have the rope out of the bag for a small percentage of the time. Dust particles and rays can't work their way into the fibers as easily if the rope is enclosed. While a trash bag is better than nothing at all, rope bags have features climbers need to make hauling, hiking, storing the rope much easier. Many of them have tarps that unfold and lay on the ground for uncoiling and tying in. The bag itself may have pockets and gear clips and can serve as haul bag for long hikes into the site. Back straps provide easy carrying to the next site.
Convenience from a Rope Bag
Rope bags make it unnecessary to coil the rope. Lay the rope on the tarp and tie the ends to the rope bag's loops. Loops allow the ends to fasten to the bag to prevent the rope from getting knotted with itself. Just untie one of the ends and pull. The rope comes out of the bag freely and without knots.
What to look for in a rope bag
- Nylon, Cordura, Durathane, Vinyl-laminated material including various leathers. The wide variety of material types provide advantage for various application or use. All material should be water repellant to keep the rope dry in the bag.
- Rope bag sizes vary from 3 feet, or 1 meter, to 5 feet, or 1.5 meters.
- Some rope bags are designed for a specific purpose. "Use" is listed.
- 14 to 16 ounces (400g - 500g) is typical for a rope bag. Many haul bags can be used for protecting the rope plus carry much more gear. Haul bags are heavier of course. They weigh about 8 pounds.
- Varies from a year, to lifetime.
Rope Bag Features
Rope bags have features that make it easier and more enjoyable to haul your climbing gear in to the crag.
- External Pockets: Give you a place to keep your wallet and keys while hiking in or on the approach to a crag. Many offer zipper enclosures to keep them from falling out; some are internal to the bag.
- Padded Straps: Let you carry the rope with less strain on shoulder.
- Compression straps cinch the rope into a compact volume.
- Zip, string or Velcro bag enclosures help quickly close the rope bag and make it ready for hauling.
Hansen Rope Bag
Sale Price: $12.79
ABC HANSEN ROPE BAG: One of the most technical climbing_bags ever, the Hansen rope bag was designed by technical guru, Doug Hansen. The Hansen was designed specifically for the needs of Search and Rescue teams, cavers, or any situation where rope management for rappel ropes is vital. Holds up to 60m...
Metolius Dirt Bag II Rope Bag
The rugged Metolius Dirt Bag II(TM) rope bag protects your rope when you're climbing at the crag and keeps it neatly stowed on days off.
Sale Price: $35.96
A classic, functional design with an array of features. The Wild Country Rope Bag is strong with an aluminum buckles will house a rope in a roll-up tarp with tie points at both ends.
Metolius Ropemaster HC Rope Bag
Redesigned for a larger capacity, the rugged Metolius Ropemaster(TM) HC rope bag protects your climbing rope from the damaging effects of dirt, sun and moisture.
Black Diamond SuperSlacker Rope Bag
A traditional, reliable rope bag with a courier-style shoulder strap and a full-zip, drawcord closure.
Petzl Bolsa Rope Bag
The Petzl Bolsa Rope Bag is designed to store your climbing rope along with some gear while allowing you to move quickly and comfortably on your hike in to the crag.
Black Diamond Superslacker Rope Bag - 1831 cu in
First off, the Super Slacker Rope Bag eliminates the coiling process forever. And as if that weren't enough, it also protects your rope from dirt and debris, and serves as a rope bucket on long climbs. The Super Slacker sports a zipper closure and padded shoulder straps for easy and comfortable...
Metolius Ropemaster HC Bag
FEATURES of the Metolius Ropemaster HC Bag World's first and best selling rope bag improved with larger capacity Redesigned tarp facilitates easier loading 52 x 58" / 132 x 147 cm Rope widow for quick cord identification Unbreakable aluminum buckles SPECIFICATIONS of the Metolius Ropemaster...
Mammut Togir Rope Bag
The Mammut Togir Rope Bag protects your climbing rope from dirt, sun and moisture and, with a comfortable shoulder strap, it's easy to carry to the climbing crag.
Black Diamond Super Chute Rope Bag
A unique funnel design makes the Super Chute Rope Bag extremely quick to pack, so you can spend less time dealing with ropes and more time climbing.
KAVU Rope Bag
The KAVU Rope Bag is by far the most popular bag in our line. People ages 5-95 love the design and practicality of our Rope Bag. Adjustable shoulder strap, two vertical zip compartments, two zip/key pockets, padded back with KAVU embroidery and ergonomic design to fit the body like a bag should. Dimensions:...
Arc'teryx Haku Rope Bag
You already tote your kit in a sleek Arc'teryx pack, so it makes since you'd stash your cord in the Haku Rope Bag. The unique design funnels rope into the bucket for easy packing and the adjustable shoulder strap makes for easy transport.
9.8 Eternity Classic Climbing Rope w/ Ophir Rope Bag
The new Mammut Eternity Classic 9.8 mm Rope offers balanced properties with regard to low weight, perfect handling and sustained durability. The 9.8 Eternity Classic is therefore perfectly suited as an all-around rope for sports climbing in climbing gyms or rock climbing parks. The Mammut Ophir Rope...
Mammut Eternity Classic Climbing Rope - 9.8mm - with Ophir Rope Bag
Mammut bundled its Eternity Classic Climbing Rope with the Ophir Rope Bag in this package so you can head outside for some sport climbing glory. The Eternity's low impact-force rating and high fall rating mean you can send routes with it for a long time. The Eternity is particularly suitable for...
Edelrid Anniversary Dry Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag - 9.7mm
Edelrid commemorates its ensuring success with the strong Anniversary Dry Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag. Designed for all your sport climbing endeavors, this rope features a low impact force and high number of falls so you can send, fall, whip, and play on single pitches for multiple seasons....
Petzl KAB Rope Bag - Blue
Large volume rope bag with bandolier, integrated belt and tarp. The KAB rope bag has an integrated trapezoidal tarp that provides a clean, 140 cm long place for the rope, while protecting it from dirt, leaves, gravel... Worn bandolier style, it has great stability thanks to its concealable belt. The...
Petzl Rope Bag
The Rope Bag by Petzl features an ergonomic handle, one shoulder strap and rope log window. Holds up to 200 feet of 1/2" rope. ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.
Edelrid Liner Rope Bag
Edelrid's Liner Rope Bag gets your climbing rope to and from crags and gyms. Its integrated tarp protects the rope from dust and dirt, and it makes an easy way to slide the rope across the gym to your next route. Two tie-in points prevent tangles and knots via transportation, and the Clip Fix buckles...