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Cons: Can't use as full strength runner.
The Metolius Multi Loop Gear Sling is the multi-loop version of the Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling. Instead of one plastic-coated piece of webbing, this gear sling comes with four individual loops. This allows you to separate gear into four categories. The big downside to this approach is you have to always manage which gear goes on which loop. Also, it's hard to throw gear to the side to get it out of your way. That can be a big deal if you climb in an area like Yosemite with wide cracks or if you just want to be able to throw the gear behind you. The loops aside, this is a very comfy gear sling. The material is fuzzy and articulated, making it relatively painless to carry big racks. It is also very easy to adjust. It is not a full strength gear sling so you can't use it as a runner. That said, it is plenty bomber.
The regular Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling is our favorite gear sling for trad climbing and fast and light big walls. We personally don't like the multi-loop system and many other climbers feel the same way. However, some climbers do love the multi-loop organizing system. If you are one of those climbers, this is the best multi-loop gear sling we have seen. If you want a slightly lighter and cheaper gear sling that doubles as a full-strength runner, get the Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
What stands out about this Metolius Climbing gear sling is comfort. The padding is wide and has just the right firmness it's not so soft that you can feel your shoulder poke through. It also has a subtle ergonomic curve so that it rests nicely on your shoulder. The adjustability works well; you can get the length just right. The plastic covering makes it easy to slide gear around and clip it on right the first time. It also just looks good.
The only downside to this gear sling is that it can't be used as a full-strength runner like the Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling. I have used a gear sling as a runner before, but not often enough to make its absence a deal-breaker.
This gear sling excels on trad climbs and multi-pitch climbs. It also works for my one-day big wall ascents of mostly free walls like The Nose or Regular Route on Half Dome. There is an optional Double D attachment whereby you can rack even more gear on the opposite side. This option doesn't work so well for me. The main advantage of a single gear sling is you can easily throw the gear behind you or easily switch it to the opposite side if you are in a chimney. The Double D does not let you do that.
At $24 this is not the cheapest gear sling but it is not much more expensive than others out there. I have never seen one wear out, so over time it should be a great value.
Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling
Metolius Big Wall Gear Sling
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: April 18, 2014
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