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Metolius - Speedster Rope Bag

Metolius Speedster Rope Bag

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Tech Specs

29L (1775cu in)
1 front zippered
[tarp] 52 x 58in
Tarp Dimension:
52 x 58 in
Claimed Weight:
1lb 4oz
Recommended Use:
rock climbing, storage
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Room for your rope, shoes, and harness.

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.

  • Ballistic nylon construction provides rugged durability
  • Large capacity provides ample space for a 70-meter rope, shoes, harness, draws, and chalk
  • Padded shoulder straps allow for easy backpack-style carrying
  • Large tarp protects your rope from dirt and is easy to load
  • Burly zipper and drawcord closure keep your rope safely stowed
  • Small zipped pocket safely stows your phone, keys, or wallet

Good for rope, but not for approach

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice rope bag. Has held up well and trap is wide. Initially used as gym bag: fits pre flaked 70m rope, beanie, harness, etc. At the crag this is a great way to protect / manage your rope, but kinda sucks as an approach pack.

For approach found it best to wrap in straps and toss it in an a proper pack.

Pretty Small

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you don't plan to be packing a lot of rope or gear then this will work well for you, but if not, then it's not the best choice. Not terrible, and will get the job done, but just keep your expectations in check for the bag.

Speedster Rope Bag

    Check out this video outlining the Speedster Rope Bag.

    It's only ok

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bag is good if you are only using it at the gym or on short approaches. It can fit my 70m x 10.2mm rope with a few quickdraws but nothing else. There arent any straps or webbing on the outside of the bag to attach a helmet, shoes, or a harness to so if you are taking this bag outside you will have to be carrying a second bag as well. The backpack straps are mounted in a strange position that makes any approach more than 0.5 miles a bit painfull, especially when fully loaded. However the one nice feature about this bag is its built in tarp. The tarp covers a large area and is attached nicely to the bag so it easily folds in and out.

    I'd recommend this bag if you are not planning on taking it anywhere that would require a decent hike to get to.

    Not quite enough room

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bag is prefect to carry my gear to and from the gym fitting my rope, harness, chalk bag and shoes. Unfortunately it isn't very functional for an aggressive approach to an outdoor climb. I have to lug around a second bag with my extra gear, helmet, water and snacks . I'm also not a big fan of the strap adjusters being at the bottom of the pack where the straps meet the bag, while weight barring these are hard to adjust. The price point is hard to beat for what you are getting, but I will be buying an additional rope bag for next spring.

    Not quite enough room

    Small, but works for me

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I read the reviews on the size, so I was not shocked. I take a handful of teens in my outdoor group to a local crag for a short top rope climb. They carry their own gear, so I just needed a space for a 60 meter rope, harness, shoes, chalk bag, and a handful of biners and hardware and I am good to go. I also like the large tarp and a place for keys and wallet. Works well for the price!

    Shipping Problems

      I ordered this bag and a couple carabiners and the package they were shipped in got shipped to FL and I live in CA. I don't see how the this mistake was made but backcountry handled the situation and I got my gear in a reasonable time. The only thing i dislike about the bag is that there is no flap to cover the opening in the top of the bag, but overall the bag is a good size and would recommend it to others

      Metolius Speedster rope bag

        Smaller than I had expected

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        The bag itself is very nice and the tarp is absolutely huge which is always a plus, but unfortunately it was not as large of a bag as it would seem. It claims to have room for a 70 Meter rope, shoes, harness and draws, yet mine only holds my 70 Meter rope with room for my shoes and that is about it. On the upside it is lightweight and the side pocket is really handy for storing keys or a wallet while out cragging, just know that the bag probably won't fit all the gear you want for the day and is probably best used as solely a rope bag.

        Decent, smaller than expected

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        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 5 stars for that pack. Check it out.

        Good, not great

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions


        1.) The size of the tarp- I think the biggest you will find on the market right now

        2.) Ease of use - The zipper right up the gut allows for quick access to all contents

        3.) Shoulder straps - personal preference here, but I like a backpack style bag better than an over-the-shoulder style climbing bag when hiking into the crag

        4.) The outside material of the bag can really take a beating when going through brush and resists tears


        1.) I wish the bag had a little more storage space. After my rope and quickdraws, I can fit my harness, chalk, long sleeve shirt and towel. My shoes stick out the top when I try to pack them (I also wear a size 13.5 shoe, which doesn't help the situation).

        2.) I think the bag could benefit from some type of strap system that would allow me to store my helmet on the outside of my bag. If not my helmet, maybe I could use that system to store my shoes.

        I think Metolius' intent was to keep the size of the bag small on purpose as to provide a daypack for the crag, but I do think a little extra storage could help everyone who has big shoes or wants to pack an extra layer of clothes.

        The intended use is as a Rope Bag - not a backpack - and it's less than $50, so it's not going to have all the features and volume as a backpack.

        Hey Chip, in the description of the product, it says:

        "Large capacity provides ample space for a 70-meter rope, shoes, harness, draws, and chalk," so I'm pretty sure bud can't be blamed for trying to fit all that in there. As far as my opinion, I agree with bud. I wish the bag were just a tad larger, depending on how I pack my 60m 10.2 rope, some of my draws, or part of my harness, or some of my shoes stick out the top.

        I also thought the exact same thing, that I wish there was some sort of dais chain or something on the outside to which a helmet could be attached.

        However, Chip is correct, it's only $47, and for that price, it's got a great tarp, and is one of the only backpack style rope bags I could find, excluding several much more expensive models.

        Metolius Speedster Bag Capacity

          This is my Metolius Speedster bag with a 60m rope packed down with the tarp. Note that the rope and tarp occupy 50-60% of the bag's capacity. The quickdraw sits on top of the tarp to let you know how much space you would have left for other items.

          Metolius Speedster Bag Capacity