Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Great closure, bomber, great as a crag pack
Manufacturer: Metolius Climbing
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Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag
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|Pros||Great closure, bomber, great as a crag pack||Bomber, great size, comfy, one of the most waterproof||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||Expensive||Takes some time to get in and out of top||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||One of the best haul bags that can be purchased in this volume||Our favorite haul bag for any climbing adventure you can dream up||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 Quarter Dome||Metolius Half Dome...||Metolius El Cap Hau...||Metolius Sentinel||Metolius Waste Case|
|Closure systems/Ease of Access (20%)|
|Carrying/Suspension System (20%)|
|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
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.
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.
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.
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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