Metolius has designed the Bomb Shelter to offer a unique combination of strength and size. Coming in at just under 14 pounds for the double ledge, it is 30 percent lighter than the storm-tested Black Diamond Cliff Cabana Double Portaledge and about 30 percent heaver than the Fish Double Whammy Ledge. I love the Black Diamond ledge for burlyness, but its weight is a significant minus for many less-than-vertical big walls. While the Metolius offers a little lighter weight, does it offer a robust enough design to live up to its name? And is 14 pounds really all that light? I am curious to find out. So far I have only put this together a few times and while the ledge is burly, it is definitely a pain to attach the spreader bar. I even have a friend who got a minor shoulder injury trying to deal with the spreader bar. Hopefully it will get easier once I spend more time with the ledge.
We haven't tested it hands-on ourselves, so we are looking for OutdoorGearLab users to provide some review commentary from actual big wall experience. Post up!If I was buying a ledge today, I would go with the Runout Customs Double Portaledge because it is just over 9 pounds and really fast to set up.
- - Chris McNamara