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Arc'teryx Pali Rope Bag Review

Arc'teryx Pali Rope Bag
Arc'teryx Pali Rope bag
Credit: Arc'teryx
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Price:  $59 List
Pros:  Compact design, large tarp
Cons:  Expensive, doesn't hold a lot of extra things
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 6, 2010
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Our Verdict

The Arc'teryx Pali features a unique rolltop design that is common in packs (especially Arc'teryx packs) but has not been seen before in rope bags. The Pali was also the first rope bag to be specifically designed to fit perfectly into a pack. In this case it's specifically designed to fit exactly into an Arc'teryx Miura 50.

It features one of the larger tarps (4'x 4') in the review and is also a compact size that makes fitting the Pali into the bottom of any pack easy. The flip side for such a small package is the Pali can be a struggle to fit in a 70m rope easily. Even with a 60m cord, we couldn't fit in much else with it. It is also one of the pricier rope bags we've tested.

Even with a 60m rope, you can't fit much else in. The biggest plus is it does fit neatly into the bottom of most packs, making the Pali a great choice for climbers who always carry their rope bag in their pack. We even found it fit well in smaller sub 40L packs. If you already own or plan on buying a Miura 50, then it's a sweet design and you won't waste extra space.

Our Analysis and Test Results


We liked the size of the tarp that the Arc'teryx Pali features, a 4'x 4' that is one of the bigger tarps in the review. The tarp is a little smaller than those of a Black Diamond Super Chute or a Metolius Rope Ranger, but despite what the Black Diamond Website says, the Pali does have a bigger tarp than the Black Diamond Super Slacker. In the pack-ability category, the Pali was our favorite. First off, it's designed to fit perfectly in the bottom of a Arc'teryx Miura 50 and that is a cool idea. While we didn't get to test it for ourselves, a friend claims it also fit perfectly in their Miura 30. For those who already own a different cragging pack, don't worry; Arc'teryx Pali's compact design helps it fit into nearly every pack wonderfully. It does feature one compression strap that helps, but it's mostly it is the shape of the Pali that makes it such a packable rope bag. The Pali features one padded shoulder strap and like many other rope bags in this review was fine for short carries, but we would not want to carry it for more than 20 minutes. Some testers thought the Pali was slightly more comfortable than other single-strap bags like the Super Chute, Black Diamond Super Slacker or Metolius Ropemaster but others thought them about equal.


The Pali was the least easy to roll up of any rope bag in the review. To call it hard might be a bit much, but it was the least friendly for sure. The inability to carry other things was the biggest downfall of the Pali. What makes it such a compact little rope bag means you can't fit much else in it. A 70m rope barely fits if you are super careful and you can't really get much else in there without overloading it. It's the same thing to a slightly lesser extent for a 60m cord. Another small downside: the Pali features no little pockets for keys or a wallet, making it less convenient if you just want to take the rope bag out for a half day of sport climbing. On the flip side, some might like the clean, simple design of having no zippers.


Being the most expensive rope bag our review is tough to swallow. Is it worth the extra money? It is the most compact rope bag in the review. It does come with a decent-sized tarp that was pleasant to flake ropes onto. It does have the symbol of the Archaeopteryx AKA the bird, famous as the first reptile to develop feathers for flight thus linking birds and reptiles plus a lifetime warranty and an innovative design.

Ian Nicholson
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