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Metolius Waste Case Review

The best off-the-shelf poop tube we know of
Metolius Waste Case
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Price:  $60 List
Pros:  Lightweight, can haul outside of haulbag, no assembly required
Cons:  Expensive, not completely air-tight
Manufacturer:   Metolius Climbing
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Jan 17, 2010
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  • Durability/Material - 40% 10
  • Capacity - 10% 1
  • Waterproofness - 10% 10
  • Closure systems/Ease of Access - 20% 9
  • Carrying/Suspension System - 20% 0

Our Verdict

This is our favorite option for a poop tube if you don't mind spending a little money. It is bomber, convenient, and a good size for most big walls. While there are more than a dozen options (and even more names), this is the best waste storage option for most big wall climbers. If you have the time and want to make your own you will save money. But you can't beat the convenience and bomberness of the Waste Case.

View more on making your own poop tube.

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Pros Lightweight, can haul outside of haulbag, no assembly requiredBomber, great size, comfy, one of the most waterproofGreat closure, bomber, great as a crag packDurable, comfortable, water-tight closure, lots of volumeGreat closure, bomber, great as a crag pack
Cons Expensive, not completely air-tightTakes some time to get in and out of topExpensiveHard 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 walls
Bottom Line The best off-the-shelf poop tube we know ofOur favorite haul bag for any climbing adventure you can dream upOne of the best haul bags that can be purchased in this volumeThis 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 wall
Rating Categories Metolius Waste Case Metolius Half Dome... Metolius Quarter Dome Metolius El Cap Hau... Metolius Sentinel
Durability Material (40%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Capacity (10%)
1
8.0
6.0
10.0
4.0
Waterproofness (10%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Closure Systems Ease Of Access (20%)
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9.0
Carrying Suspension System (20%)
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Specs Metolius Waste Case Metolius Half Dome... Metolius Quarter Dome Metolius El Cap Hau... Metolius Sentinel
Volume (cu inches) 500 7600 4200 9600 2800
Weight 10.6 oz 7 lb 7 oz 5 lb 1 oz 8 lb 4 lb 11 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


The Metolius Waste Case is the most convenient option for a big wall turd cage. You get the whole container and the wag bags in one purchase. The bag is bomber, can easily be clipped under the haul bag and, best of all, you don't have to worry about losing the lid as you do with a standard poop tube. For gear junkies, it's also kinda cool to have another mini haul bag.

Dislikes


Other than being a little expensive, the main drawback of this device is it is not perfectly air-tight. The river bag closure does contain most of the odor but as temps heat up in the Valley on day four of your wall, you will probably get a whiff of yesterday's business. Also, the size of this bag is good for most big wall ascents but if you have a team of three and are going to be on the wall for days, you will want either a bigger bag or two of these.

Value


While this is one of the more expensive options, it is a good value if you consider its durability and the time you save not making your own poop tube. Sure you can make your own for $10 in parts. But if you have to make a trip or two to the hardware store and don't get it right the first time, you could end up spending hours making your own. Most importantly, unless you have some supervision from an experienced poop-tube maker, you will be taking a gamble on making a device that might let you down on the wall…eeooouuwww.

Conclusion


This bag is ideal for a two-person big wall team that will be on the wall for one to four nights or a three-person team for two to three nights. If you are going to spend more time than that, bring another poop tube or a river bag for backup.

Chris McNamara