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Metolius - Freerider

Metolius Freerider

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$104.21 Original price:$138.95
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    Tech Specs

    2,500 cu in
    1 tuck-away, 1 lid
    1 aluminum buckle strap
    Claimed Weight:
    3 lb
    Recommended Use:
    big wall climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    1 year

    Your day-climbing companion.

    Haul all your gear up big walls comfortably with the Metolius Freerider on your back. This pack carries like a backpack for the hike and handles wear and tear while you pull it up the wall pitch after pitch. Its plush suspension keeps you comfortable when your approach goes on and on for miles. While the Durathane material keeps the bag durable and lightweight, an external rand with haul-bag style stitching allows the Freerider to stand up for easy access. The top lid has a pocket that keeps your gear easily accessible, and the adjustable strap creates a tuck-away pocket for your guidebook or a small item you want quick access to while you hike.

    • Plush suspension
    • Backpack carry straps, haul strap
    • External rand and haul-bag style stitching
    • Top lid access with adjustable strap and aluminum buckle
    • Durathane material
    • Tuck-away pocket
    • Lid storage pocket

    Great Climbing Gear Bag

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Super durable pack that easily fits all the gear you need for a day at the crag. The brain compartment is nice for storing smaller things. The buckle latch design is dependable and fast. The straps are comfy the waste strap is great for taking the weight off your shoulders. All in all this is an awesome pack, I love that everything I need can be thrown in (or strapped to the side) which allows me to just grab it and go, knowing I have all my gear.

    Best Crag Pack I have Ever Owned

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I absolutely love this pack. I can fit a 70m rope, 15 quickdraws, 2 pairs of shoes, rain jacket, fleece, down jacket, gloves, guidebook, harness, water, and snacks with room to spare in it! It's tough, it's gritty, and it won't weigh you down.

    If you’re looking into bags and are looking for a recommendation, give me a call or shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help you out with some recommendations. I have used a lot of rope bags on the site and have feedback to share!

    I’m typically in the office Monday-Friday and would love to talk, but if you call and I’m not in, make sure to leave the best number to call you back at or your email address in the voicemail.

    Contact information:


    Phone: 801-204-4680

    Sturdy go-to cragging bag

      I've taken this out 100 times now and drop it onto sharp rocks all the time = not a scratch on it. The brain compartment has zipper access on either side. Nice rope strap in addition to the main strap. I plan to continue using it for 10 years.

      Note: several months into using this bag, one of the shoulder straps broke right off. I took it to the guy next door to Rock and Resole and he sewed it up good for $10 or something, and it's been 100% good since then.

      Solid construction, fair design

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Carried and hauled this up Half Dome Regular Route. It held up well, durability wise. Wanted a pack this size for mostly cragging and occasional hauling. I'd now prefer another pack for either use.
      The shoulder straps are too thick and heavy and hot, the padding dug into my shoulders at the top. Why not just use the same ones as the other haul bags? Why not stowable? The waist belt was too thin, dug into my hips. Why not make it removable too? I wish the padding was removable. It would have been easy to integrate all this. The base is too narrow for the bag, it doesn't stand up well, especially with stuff in the top. Why not make the top removable, and the straps? Basically, I'm saying it could have easily been designed much better.
      Wish I would've just got the Sentinel. They basically just need to make an attachable, breathable and padded back support for that and it'll be great for cragging too. Guess I'll just get one of those when they are done with that annoying bright blue color. No way I could look at that for the next 10 years.

      Like a back pack made from Rhino skin

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This thing is tough!

      its made with the same durathane that Metolius makes its haul bags from, this thing can take a serious beating. Its nice if you need to haul the pack up a climb you have the option without destroying your pack. the other thing I like about this is that it carries well. The haul bags are haul bags, they have no frame so if you load all your cams against your back its gonna suck on your hike in. This pack has a good amount of foam in the back, which provides padding and structure.

      Another favorite feature of mine is kind of silly but, you can access the top lid pocket from the top or bottom, so if you are digging in the bag and realize what you are looking for is in the top lid, you can just open it up with the lid flipped back, no need to close the main compartment to access the topside zipper.

      I either own, or have extensively used every metolius haul bag, haul pack or duffel. and this one is by far my favorite for all non-haulbag related gear totings. Its a great volume, super tough, and carries well. I am excited to have this pack for the rest of my life.

      Ultimate Cragging Pack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My previous cragging pack was a 60L cilogear, that had been working just fine until my roommate's Marmot Retriever chewed through it for her bounty of a used Gu packet. C'est la vie.

      Since it was late April and I needed a cragging pack more than a big alpine pack, I bought the Freerider.

      This is without a doubt the best cragging pack there is. Simple design, but everything you need. Beefy, without question, without being too heavy. You won't break this thing throwing it around or scraping it up. The closures work just right, and it's easy to throw a rope under the lid if you're almost full (i.e. you have your share of an Indian Creek rack in the thing) since there's a strap to secure the rope.

      The way it stands up on its own, and doesn't implode, makes it super easy to pack, and the lid provides pockets for cell phone, wallet, sunblock, etc.

      The only reason I can think of not to buy this as a cragging pack is if you NEVER have more with you than a sport rack, jacket, and lunch.

      Metolius Freerider Pack