Keeping It Clean
The Super Slacker's tarp is the smallest in our review measuring only 36x57". Its big enough to be effective but just barely. We found it certainly takes a little more care when flaking ropes to keep it on the tarp and your hope of catching falling cords is obviously smaller.
A 10.3mm x 70m rope flaked out on a Black Diamond Super Slacker.
Ease of Packing
This the strongest point of the Super Slacker. It is one of the easiest rope bags to pack the rope away taking around the same amount of effort as the Petzl Bolsa and being easier than all the other more traditional burrito style bags. To put away your rope bag, simply fold it in half, fold it again, zip it shut and cinch the ends. A nice bonus of the Super Slacker over the funnel design is that it opens up more easily and keeps the rope from getting as tangled.
Showing a Black Diamond Super Slacker with a 10.3mm x 70m rope and 15 quick draws packed inside with a Nalegene and a Petzl Attache used for size reference.
The Black Diamond Super Slacker is one of the least compressible rope bags we tested due to its large folding nature. It does feature two compression straps, which help out when putting the rope bag under the lid of your pack. While not very compressible, it is still pretty packable, you just mush it into your pack. It is certainly not as good as the Metolius Ropemaster HC or the Black Diamond Super Chute with regards to pack-ability.
Ease of Transport
The Super Slacker features a single padded shoulder strap and carries on the average side. It is quite comparable to a Metolius Ropemaster HC or Black Diamond Super Chute. Its shoulder strap is great for going route to route. However, most people wouldn't like it dangling around their neck for more than 25 minutes or so. A favorite feature of the Super Slacker is how much stuff it can fit. A 70m rope, 15 draws, harness, it's easy to get it all in there. Another nice feature is having two small color-coded loops to tie the ends of your rope, helping keep the ends of your rope from getting lost.
Showing a Black Diamond Super Slackers central grab point.
The Super Slacker is a no-frills, functional rope bag but we do wish it had a small pocket for keys, tape or wallet.
Showing one of two tie end points featured on the Black Diamond Super Slacker. These tie end points are designed to help you keep track of the ends of the rope.
This pack makes short hops from route to route a breeze. It's best for folks who move around a crag a lot throughout the day and need a quick and efficient rope bag.
At $40 the Super Slacker is one of the better-priced rope bags in the review and is super quick to pack or unpack a rope from.
The Super Slacker remains a unique design that has been around forever. A surprising amount can fit inside this burrito-bag. It's not for the feature-lovers, but its functional simplicity makes packing and unpacking a breeze.