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
Rothco Black Stealth Rappelling Bag
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.
Weaver Leather Deluxe Rope Bag, Red
Durably-constructed bag stands up on its own for dependable performance perfect for storing lifeline ropes measuring 1/2" or 9/16" x 150', this bag is constructed of 1,200-denier polyester. designed with spiral wire attached to the exterior of the bag to help prevent it from collapsing. handy quick-release buckles keep bag collapsed when not in use. a 1" ring offers easy attachment...
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
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.
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.
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 Bag is your simple, robust base mat that can easily be rolled into a rope bag.
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 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.
DMM Classic Rope Bag
Carries an 80m rope and a few extras, the full size tarp keeps your cord dirt free, and the clever strap system allows either a rucksack or a courier style carry.
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.
Metolius Vortex Rope Bag
FEATURES of the Metolius Vortex Rope Bag Quick and easy to load - grab the four corners, shake and the rope falls into the bag Carries messenger-style with padded shoulder strap or by two top grab handles, end handle makes loading into a pack a breeze Front Velcro accessory pocket keeps small items handy Unbreakable aluminum buckles