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Rope Bags

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Padded Straps: Let you carry the rope with less strain on shoulder.
  3. Compression straps cinch the rope into a compact volume.
  4. Zip, string or Velcro bag enclosures help quickly close the rope bag and make it ready for hauling.
Black Diamond SuperSlacker Rope Bag
Options: $32.95 - $39.95
Metolius Ropemaster HC Bag
Options: $34.46 - $39.95
PETZL Bolsa Rope Bag
Options: $31.50 - $39.95
EDELRID - Anniversary Pro Dry DuoTec 9.7mm Dynamic Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag, Icemint
Options: $229.95 - $259.95
Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito
Options: $26.94 - $29.95
ArborMAX Rope Bag
Trango Cord Trapper Rope Trap
Petzl KAB Rope Bag - Blue
Options: $48.30 - $49.95
Outdoor Climbing Rope 10M(32ft) 20M(64ft) 30M (98ft) Rock Climbing Rope, Escape Rope Climbing Equipment Fire Rescue Parachute Rope
Black Diamond Super Chute Rope Bag
Options: $34.95 - $88.89
DMM Classic Rope Bag
Rothco Black Stealth Rappelling Bag
Swurfer 12 Oz Throw Weight & 150' Line Kit For Arborists, Tree Climbing & Tree Swing Installation - Bright Quality Arborist Equipment Kit
Weaver Leather Deluxe Rope Bag, Red
Nite Ize RR-04-50 Reflective Nylon Cord, Woven for High Strength, 50 Feet, Green
Weaver Leather Throw Weight
Swurfer 16 Oz Throw Weight & 150' Line Kit For Arborists, Tree Climbing & Tree Swing Installation - Bright Quality Arborist Equipment Kit
EDELRID - Anniversary DuoTec 9.7mm Dynamic Climbing Rope with Caddy Lite Rope Bag, Lime
Options: $144.54 - $219.95
Rock Climbing Rope, 12mm Diameter Outdoor Hiking Accessories High Strength Cord Safety Rope(10m,32ft)(20m,64ft) (30m,94ft)
Options: $15.99 - $39.99
Rotational Device, Safest Swing Swivel (30KN) with 2 Carabiners For Web Tree Swing, Rope Clambing Hammock, Swing Setting, Aerial Dance By AusKit
Metolius Dirt Bag II
Options: $28.85 - $71.54
BARHAR Rock Climbing Tool Storage Bag, Suit for Quickdraw, Carabiner, Rope, Locks, Shoes, Other Accessories.
Arc'teryx Haku Rope Bag
Eternity 9.8mmx60m W / Rope Bag Emerald
Rock-N-Rescue Grand Rope Bag
Options: $34.25 - $46.75
Mountain Khakis Market Tote Bag
Options: $35.72 - $64.95
Mini Collapsible Throw Line Bag 5 liter
Arborist 11oz Professional Throw Bag
Petzl Pro Bucket Rope Bag
Options: $59.95 - $69.95
Mammut Ophir Rope Bag
Options: $30.00 - $76.16
Professionals Choice Rope Bag Compartments Adjustable Strap Rodeo RB
Options: $51.95 - $59.75
Thorium Multi-layer Outdoor Slingshot Launcher Arborist Throw Weight Bag Pouch - Bright Green 16oz / 450g
Singing Rock Urna Leg Rope Bag
Mammut Supernova 10mm Dynamic Climbing Rope - 60m with Rope Bag
Summit Treestands Summit Large Utility Bag | Pro Harness Accessory | Carry Binoculars, Climbing Ropes, Hoist Ropes, & Other Gear
Abc Box Rope Bag (Black)
KAVU Sidewinder Bag
Options: $31.96 - $44.95
Fenteer Outdoor Sports Rock Climbing Tree Arborist Caving Foldable Rope Bag & Ground Sheet + 10m Static Survival Rope
Paracord / Parachute Cord - 7 Internal Strands, 550 Lb Break Strength, 1/8" diameter.  Guaranteed U.S. Made.  Type III 550 Military Survival Cord for Bracelets & Projects.  BONUS:  2 Free EBooks.
Options: $2.79 - $55.56
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