Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $48
Decent rope bag if that's all you're looking for.
- Great tarp
- No gear loop on outside
- Shoulder straps are just ok
Decided I wanted a rope bag to protect the rope and hold some of my sport climbing essentials. I really wanted an inexpensive bag, backpack style, with a tarp. This, as far as I could tell, was one of the only ones, and for less than $50, I was pretty stoked to get it.
Likes: Material is nice, color is great, it looks just like a cool bag. Tarp is excellent, it's huge, and it's got a great feel to it. Zipper down the middle is really convenient, outside pocket is perfect for storing wallet, keys, phone, everything in my pockets that I don't want on the wall with me.
Dislikes: The Metolius website says 40L (2460 cu in)...No way. It's much much smaller, I'd say 30L at most, which is about what Backcountry posts here on the website (1775 cu in = 29L). After stuffing my 60m 10.2 rope in there, I barely had room to put my harness, 10 draws, and chalk bag. It all stuck out the top. I had to carry my shoes and water bottle.
Not that it's a big problem, but I wanted a larger bag to get basically all my stuff in. This major dislike is more of just a personal dislike, not a fault with the bag. It just didn't fit my purpose well. Aside from that, the backpack straps, aren't incredibly comfortable, but it IS just a rope bag. Also, there should REALLY be a daisy chain on the outside to clip a helmet or shoes to (bud below says the same thing).
Overall, good bag, if you're not trying to put a lot in it. However, isn't the point of having a backpack style bag trying to get almost everything in it, to free your hands up for the approach hike/scramble? That's what I wanted. If you just want to put rope in it, not much else, and you want a backpack, this is great.
I ended up returning this bag and getting the Black Diamond Demon Duffel, which I feel suits my needs much better.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Metolius Speedster is a staff favorite among rope bags. This backpack style rope bag is not only large enough for 70 meter ropes, but features slightly padded straps. The Speedster Rope Bag balances climber's needs without breaking the bank. Big enough for 70 m ropes with heaps of room for shoes, harness, draws, chalk bag Slightly padded straps make it easy to schlep your rope or bring along on that multi-pitch with a heinous walk off Massive easy-load tarp 52 x 58 in (132 cm x 147 cm) keeps your rope clean Small exterior zippered pocket secures small valuables like your wallet, keys etc.
Head to the crag with everything you need for a day of sport climbing in the Metolius Speedster(TM) rope bag. It's large enough to hold a 70m rope, shoes, a harness, quickdraws and a chalk bag. Center zipper allows easy access to the interior. Large tarp measures 58 x 52 in. to keep your rope out of dirt; tarp also functions as a handy groundsheet for booting up or stretching before a climb. Stash your wallet and keys in the small zippered pocket. Metolius Speedster rope bag has a volume of 2,460 cu. in. (40 liters).
With enough space for a 70-meter rope, shoes, harness, and draws, the Metolius Speedster Rope Bag is the only pack you need for a day at the crag. Padded shoulder straps allow for easy pack-style carrying, and the large easy-load tarp protects your cord from dirt and grime.
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 58in. / 132 x 147 cm Small zippered pocket for wallet, keys etc The SPECS of the Speedster Rope Bag Weight: 1 lb 4 oz / 567 g Capacity: 1,775 cubic inches / 29 Liter