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Yates Rock Sac Haul Pack Review

Yates Rock Sac Haul Pack
By: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Feb 21, 2010
Price:  $395 List
Pros:  Durable, water-tight, many features, comfortable.
Cons:  Expensive.
Manufacturer:   Yatesgear.com

Our Verdict

*The Rock Sac Haul Pack has unfortunately been discontinued. Check out our current recommendations for best haul bags, our Editors' Choice award-winning Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag and our Top Pick bag, the Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag. For the complete review see our Haul Bag Review - The Best Bags for Big Wall Climbing.

The Yates Rock Sac Haul Pack is a great bag. It has a good water-tight closure and bomber construction. It is super-durable and is a great size for either cragging or taking on a steep El Cap route. I love this bag and am very happy with it. However, at $395, you could almost buy three of the similarly-sized Black Diamond Touchstone Haul Bag.

If price is a concern, Metolius, Black Diamond, and Fish all have good bags this size in the $100-$150 price range. It is hard not to recommend the Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag instead. It is less than half the cost and almost as good.

Our Analysis and Test Results



It has all the features you need in a haul bag: bomber construction, removable carrying system and water-tight closure. I came to appreciate the weather-proofing of this bag this while belaying Tommy Caldwell in a storm on Mescalito. We had some other bags without the water-tight closure system that did not stay so dry.

The suspension is comfortable. It is a great crag pack as long as you are not hiking too far or it is not too hot outside (there is not much ventilation for your back). Because it is made of thick urethane, it always stands up on its own, even when empty. This is convenient when at the base of a wall or the crag because it means you don't have to constantly prop it against something. Also, since the hauling straps are removable, it becomes convenient as a pack; you don't constantly have to deal with organizing the hauling straps.


The only big problem with this bag is its price about $250 more than other bags its size. Also, for a bag this expensive it would be nice if it came with removable hauling attachments. I had to add my own by buying some slings.

Best Application

This is a bomber bag at a very convenient size that has many applications other than climbing. I once used a bag this size for climbing the Salathé Wall in one bivy with lightweight sleeping bags (it was middle of summer). But for most big wall applications it will be a "sidecar" to your other, larger haulbag. It also makes a great cragging bag or bomber luggage for traveling. And, as I mention above, it's my transportation bag for SuperTopo books from the Global Shipping Headquarters to my USPS/FedEx shipping center.


This is an awesome bag but you sure do have to pay for it. If you climb a ton of walls it is probably worth paying the premium to have such an awesome and bomber bag. But the price tag is double or triple that of other options.

Chris McNamara

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   Jan 7, 2010 - 06:11pm
Gene · Climber

I would recommend this haul bag if you can get it at a steep discount. I was able to get mine for $99, shipping included. The list price of $350 is ludicrous. That said, the thing is bomber, comfortable for a haul bag, and perfect for a two day wall. It's much wider and stubbier than others in its size range making access to its innards easy. I suppose it would do great as a second haul bag on longer routes.


Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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