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.
Ropebags for Sale
Abc Box Rope Bag (Black)
Sale Price: $10.85
Just like the black boxes built for airplanes, these ABC Black Box rope bag are designed to take anything you can dish out! The Black Box can be used as a throw bag for a rappel line, or a convenient way to keep your rope out of the dirt.
Weaver Leather Rope Washing Bag, Black
Handy all mesh bag for use when washing your climbing/lifeline ropes simply put rope in the bag, pull the drawstring tight, and you're ready to wash your rope with mild detergent or dishwashing liquid. perfect to use when hand-washing and machine washing. measures 23" W x 27" H and accommodates 1/2" ropes up to 200'. black.
Rothco Black Stealth Rappelling Bag
Sale Price: $22.99
Rothco makes quality outdoor and sports gear for all types of situation. Whether you are in a combat intensive environment, or if you are a recreational user, Rothco will fit the lifestyle of many. Quality tested and Performance driven, use rothco.
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.
Black Diamond SuperSlacker Rope Bag
A traditional, reliable rope bag with a courier-style shoulder strap and a full-zip, drawcord closure.
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.
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
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.
Ultra Fast Rope Bag
Blue Water Rope's Ultra Fast Rope Bag is the easiest to use and most versatile rope bag on the market. Simply flake your rope into the giant 58 x 38 tarp, roll the rope into the bag and zip it up. Unzip just a bit and the rope feeds right out of the bag making it perfect for belays in tight quarters.
Metolius Dirt Bag II
FEATURES of the Metolius Dirt Bag II Popular rope bag improved with larger tarp and capacity New closure system for greater durability and functionality Padded shoulder strap Capacity can hold 70 meter ropes
Petzl Bolsa Rope Bag
The BOLSA rope bag is designed for climbing: worn on the back or as a bandolier, it allows the user to move around quickly with his gear. Unfolded, the 1.4 m square tarp creates a place for the rope, while protecting it from dirt, leaves, gravel... After climbing, the rope is easily stacked and stored.
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 pockets and equipment loops inside the bag make it very practical.