Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag Review
Cons: Takes some time to get in and out of top
Manufacturer: Metolius Climbing
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Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag
|Price||$229.95 at Amazon||Check Price at Backcountry|
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|$249.95 at Amazon||$159.95 at Amazon||$60 List|
|Pros||Bomber, great size, comfy, one of the most waterproof||Great closure, bomber, great as a crag pack||Durable, comfortable, water-tight closure, lots of volume||Great closure, bomber, great as a crag pack||Lightweight, can haul outside of haulbag, no assembly required|
|Cons||Takes some time to get in and out of top||Expensive||Hard to access the bottom, takes some time to get in and out of the top of the bag||Expensive, not the most useful size for most walls||Expensive, not completely air-tight|
|Bottom Line||Our favorite haul bag for any climbing adventure you can dream up||One of the best haul bags that can be purchased in this volume||This big, burly bag is one of our favorites for carrying large loads||This is an exceptional model, though its small size is a bit restrictive on the wall||The best off-the-shelf poop tube we know of|
|Rating Categories||Metolius Half Dome...||Metolius Quarter Dome||Metolius El Cap Hau...||Metolius Sentinel||Metolius Waste Case|
|Durability Material (40%)|
|Closure Systems Ease Of Access (20%)|
|Carrying Suspension System (20%)|
|Specs||Metolius Half Dome...||Metolius Quarter Dome||Metolius El Cap Hau...||Metolius Sentinel||Metolius Waste Case|
|Volume (cu inches)||7600||4200||9600||2800||500|
|Weight||7 lb 7 oz||5 lb 1 oz||8 lb||4 lb 11 oz||10.6 oz|
|Main container material||Durathane||Durathane||Durathane||Durathane||Durathane|
|Closure material||Ballistic nylon||Ballistic nylon||Ballistic nylon||Ballistic nylon||Ballistic nylon|
|Sewn or welded seam||Welded||Welded||Welded||Welded||Welded|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The construction on the Metolius Half Dome haul bag is super bomber, from the material to the seams to the buckles. We have put a lot of big ascents on this without ever doing too much damage. You still need to line the bag with a foam pad if you are hauling on slabs, but it's not as crucial as it is with a bag made of thinner material. The river bag closure system is one of the most water-proof made. No haul bag keeps everything dry if you're in heavy rain or a mini-waterfall. However, this model does pretty well. The extra skirt also makes this a great improvised bivy sack if you need to bivy on the summit. It's simple to clip to the bottom of the bag. The carry system is about as comfortable as a haul bag can be. The inside pocket is conveniently placed. This and the Yates are the only bags with good compression straps across the top. These are key to managing the bag when it is a bit over-stuffed.
If we had to make this bag a little better, we would make it a bit wider. That would make accessing the bottom just a little easier and add enough extra volume that the El Cap size would almost be unnecessary for any climb. Also, while we love the river bag closure, it does add extra time to open and close. We think the tradeoff is worth it, but it may annoy some people.
The bigger version of this is the El Cap great if you only want to take one bag, but hard to get to its bottom. The smaller version is the Quarter Dome which is too small for most walls but a great sidecar to your bigger haul bag or a great haul pack.
This is not one of the cheaper bags, but it probably will last longer than any bag for its price. The burly material and welded seams mean that a seam blowout is unlikely.
It is a great size for a route like Half Dome. However, it is hard to fit in everything for a Nose ascent unless you pack real light and spend two nights or less on the wall. Bring two of these on a route like Zodiac or Mescalito, and you are loving life. There are many other great haul bag options, but this one has better sizes, better features, and is incredibly bomber. For most two-day walls, this is a perfect size. If you are doing a longer wall, go with the larger Metolius El Cap Haul Bag.
— Chris McNamara