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Black Diamond Super Chute Review

Price:  $50 List | $37.46 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Fits a ton of stuff, easy to roll up rope, big tarp
Cons:  No small pockets
Bottom line:  The Super Chute features a large usable tarp that is easy to roll and pack into the bag.
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Bag Design:  Burrito
Tarp size (inches):  48x57"
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond

Our Verdict

The Black Diamond Super Chute is one of the larger volume rope bags in our review that handles a rope plus a harness, shoes, 15 quickdraws, and a few extras while out climbing. The Super Chute uses a tried-and-true burrito-style design that is very similar to the Petzl Kab and Metolius Ropemaster HC. At one time the Super Chute's tarp was near the biggest in our review. Now five years later, it's one of the smallest. Even so, the Super Chute remains functional and incredibly easy to roll-up and pack away rope bag. It features one shoulder strap that we thought worked well for medium length approaches up to around 30 minutes. Its tough but lightweight fabric was supple enough to make the Super Chute easy to pack into a secondary pack for a longer approach.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Ian Nicholson

Last Updated:
Friday
November 28, 2014

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Performance Comparison



Keeping It Clean


When the Super Chute was released it sported one of the bigger tarps on the market, now nearly five years later it's one of the smallest. The Super Chute features a 48" x 57" tarp that is slightly below average among rope bags in our review. We did think its tarp size was still functional, but flaking ropes required a little more care than with other models we tested, and we must admit we liked bags with bigger tarps better. The Super Chute, more than other burrito style rope bags, further lost some surface area of its tarp as it funneled closer to its bag. We think this design might marginally help the Super Chute to pack up more easily, but it comes at the cost of some tarp real estate.

Comparing the size and the usable space between a Metolius Rope Ranger/Rope Master and a Black Diamond Super Chute.
Comparing the size and the usable space between a Metolius Rope Ranger/Rope Master and a Black Diamond Super Chute.

Ease of Packing


This is one of the highlights of the Super Chute and along with the Kab and the Ropemaster HC is the easiest of the traditional "burrito" style rope bags to pack a rope away. Though it wasn't quite as easy to pack as the Black Diamond Super Slacker or the funnel style Petzl Bolsa. We liked how big its main bag was, and we easily fit a fat 70m rope, harness, shoes, and 14 quickdraws.

Showing a Black Diamond Super Chute with a 10.3mm x 70m rope and 15 quick draws packed inside. A Petzl Attache and a 1 litter Nalgene are used for size reference.
Showing a Black Diamond Super Chute with a 10.3mm x 70m rope and 15 quick draws packed inside. A Petzl Attache and a 1 litter Nalgene are used for size reference.

Ease of Transport


The Super Chute features a single padded shoulder strap that our testers found comfortable with a 70m rope for about 25-30 minutes. After that, most folks thought it was nicer to carry it in a secondary cragging pack. For shorter more route-to-route moves its voluminous main bag helped to move to routes less than a couple of minutes away but it wasn't as nice as bags that had smaller handles to make these moves even more convenient.

Extra Features


The Super Chute comes in four colors, the most of any bag in the review. We also liked the metal buckles; they feel just as durable as the Metolius "Unbreakable" buckles. The buckles stayed put and didn't come accidentally undone. Another feature that is sometimes overlooked but is super helpful is having two small color-coded loops to tie the ends of your rope to. This helps keep the ends of your rope from getting lost, which speeds transitions between routes. The Super Chute has no pockets to hold easy-to-loose items.

Showing one of two tie in points for the ends of your rope to help keep from loosing the ends featured on the Black Diamond Super Chute.
Showing one of two tie in points for the ends of your rope to help keep from loosing the ends featured on the Black Diamond Super Chute.

Best Application


This rope bag works as a crag pack for short approaches. It can handle a lot of gear, but its single shoulder strap limits its stand-alone value to short to medium distance approaches. For longer distances, it's supple fabric slides into a bigger pack easily.

Value


It has a similar design to the $40 Ropemaster HC but the HC compresses better, has a marginally bigger tarp, and a gimmicky but cool rope ID window. Of these two we'd probably go with the Ropemaster HC. We did like the design of the Super Chute better than the Best Buy Award Winner, the Metolius Dirt Bag II, because the Super Chute could fit more additional gear and packed away more easily.

A Black Diamond Super Chute with a 10.3mm x 70m rope flaked onto its tarp.
A Black Diamond Super Chute with a 10.3mm x 70m rope flaked onto its tarp.

Conclusion


The large volume of the Super Chute is its biggest selling point, making it a great choice for folks who want to cram as much as possible into their rope bag. It doesn't disappoint, but other models get the job done a little better, utilizing larger rope tarps and extra pockets for organization.
Ian Nicholson

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   May 11, 2017 - 10:02am
MichaelJ · Climber · Charlotte, NC
I have this rope bag and I hate it — to the point that I usually leave it and forego a rope bag entirely. I plan on purchasing a new rope bag soon.

The biggest issue is the location where the shoulder strap attaches. It is at the mid part of the bag (vertically), so what often happens is that it flips upside down while carrying it and the rope and mat may start to fall out. Absolutely stupid design, and I'm not sure how the reviewers missed this.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.


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