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Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag Review

One of the best haul bags that can be purchased in this volume
Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag
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Price:  $190 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great closure, bomber, great as a crag pack
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Metolius Climbing
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Oct 17, 2010
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  • Durability/Material - 40% 10
  • Capacity - 10% 6
  • Waterproofness - 10% 10
  • Closure systems/Ease of Access - 20% 9
  • Carrying/Suspension System - 20% 9

Our Verdict

The Metolius Quarter Dome is one of our favorite small haul bags. It is super bomber, has a great closure, and is relatively comfortable to carry. Its main competitor is the Black Diamond Touchstone Haul Bag. We prefer the Metolius because it is a little more burly, more waterproof, and makes a better travel pack/duffel bag alternative. This is a great bag to have whether you are a big wall climber or just want a super bomber crag pack. The only bag that we like more is the Yates Rock Sac Haul Pack because the Yates comes with a great big watertight closure system. However, the Yates costs way more.

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Pros Great closure, bomber, great as a crag packBomber, great size, comfy, one of the most waterproofDurable, comfortable, water-tight closure, lots of volumeGreat closure, bomber, great as a crag packLightweight, can haul outside of haulbag, no assembly required
Cons ExpensiveTakes some time to get in and out of topHard to access the bottom, takes some time to get in and out of the top of the bagExpensive, not the most useful size for most wallsExpensive, not completely air-tight
Bottom Line One of the best haul bags that can be purchased in this volumeOur favorite haul bag for any climbing adventure you can dream upThis big, burly bag is one of our favorites for carrying large loadsThis is an exceptional model, though its small size is a bit restrictive on the wallThe best off-the-shelf poop tube we know of
Rating Categories Metolius Quarter Dome Metolius Half Dome... Metolius El Cap Hau... Metolius Sentinel Metolius Waste Case
Durability Material (40%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Capacity (10%)
6.0
8.0
10.0
4.0
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Waterproofness (10%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Closure Systems Ease Of Access (20%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Carrying Suspension System (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
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Specs Metolius Quarter Dome Metolius Half Dome... Metolius El Cap Hau... Metolius Sentinel Metolius Waste Case
Volume (cu inches) 4200 7600 9600 2800 500
Weight 5 lb 1 oz 7 lb 7 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

Likes


This bag stands out for its bomber qualities. It uses a welded seam that will not blow out until the rest of the bag falls apart (most haul bags use a sewn seam that is less durable). The material is the most bomber material we have seen on a bag. Not only does this material keep the bag from getting holes, but it also keeps it upright if you want to use it as a crag pack. It is this feature that makes small haul bags like this even better than many standard backpacks, which won't sit upright on their own.

It has nice compression straps across the top. They help you fit more in and also make the bag much better to travel with; you can compress it down and be sure it won't burst open mid-journey. We like the short clip-in points. They stay out of the way when this bag is used as a backpack. While it does not have a river bag closure, it is still much more waterproof than similar-sized haul bags like the Black Diamond Touchstone. We actually prefer this type of closure for this size bag. It is really easy to access, both when on a wall or at the crag.

Dislikes


Like all haul packs, this does not breathe very well. This is not a big deal if you are a wall climber. But it is something to consider if you are buying this mainly as a cragging pack. It is also not nearly as waterproof as a bag like the Metolius Half Dome that uses a river bag style closure.

Value


This bag is expensive. For only a bit more you can get a full-size haul bag like the Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag. This bag is for people who plan to use it a ton as a haul pack or backpack. If that is what you are using it for, it is a great value considering that you can probably use it for decades.

Conclusion


This bag is both the most versatile size and the most unnecessary. It works great as a mini-haul bag, travel bag/duffel alternative, and cragging pack. At the same time, it is a size too small to be used as a single haul bag unless you pack really light on a route like the Regular Route on Half Dome. We used a bag this size on a one-night ascent of the Salathé Wall on El Capitan but we packed exceptionally light, brought tiny sleeping bags, and climbed it in August (it was warm so we didn't need tons of extra clothes). Typically, this size bag is paired with a larger haul bag like the Metolius El Cap Haul Bag on a steep route like Zodiac. It also makes an excellent crag pack or travel bag.

Chris McNamara

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