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.
Black Box Rope Bag
ABC BLACK BOX ROPE BAG: Just like the black boxes built for airplanes, our Black Box rope bag is 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.
Hansen Rope Bag
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Rothco Black Stealth Rappelling Bag
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Black Diamond Superslacker Rope Bag - 1831cu in
Sale Price: $29.96
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 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.
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...
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
A traditional, reliable rope bag with a courier-style shoulder strap and a full-zip, drawcord closure.
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.
KAVU Rope Bag
100% Cotton Canvas. 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...
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.
Mammut Eternity Classic Climbing Rope - 9.8mm - with Rope Bag
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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 comfortably and safely, and its moderate diameter balances ruggedness and...
Edelrid Anniversary Dry Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag - 9.7mm
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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....
DMM Classic Rope Bag
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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 SPECIFICATIONS of the Metolius Dirt Bag II Dimensions: 52" x 58" (132 cm x 147 cm)...
Metolius Speedster Bag
DECENT FEATURES of the Speedster Rope Bag An innovative, two-strap, pack-style rope bag with center zipper for easy access to rope and climbing gear Big enough for 70 m cords with heaps of room for shoes, harness, draws, chalk bag Massive easy-load tarp 52 x 58" / 132 x 147 cm Small zippered pocket...