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Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Ledge Review

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Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Ledge
Credit: Chris McNamara
Price:  $900 List
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Manufacturer:   Metolius
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Feb 6, 2010

Our Analysis

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 burliness, 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

Chris McNamara