The Rope Ranger is Discontinued as of 2016The Metolius Rope Ranger is the big brother to the Metolius Ropemaster. They are nearly the same size with the Rope Ranger being 100 cubic inches bigger, a difference we hardly noticed. They both have a super spacious 4x5-foot tarp that are the largest in the review. Both are among the more compressible bags we tested, ideal for climbers who often carry their rope bag in their pack. The difference between them is the Rope Ranger features two shoulder straps and a side pocket and as a result is $ more. The second shoulder strap can make the Rope Ranger a great half-day sport climbing pack as long as the approach isn't too far nor do you need to bring too much.
The Metolius Rope Ranger was our OutdoorGearLab Editors' Choice because it had the largest tarp in the review, was one of the easier rope bags to pack, we could carry it over our shoulder or in backpack mode and it even had a little pocket for smaller items. Plus it had a bunch of sweet little features like a window to see what rope you packed, four places to tie the end of your rope to and unbreakable metal buckles. All and all a great rope bag that will last most people the rest of their lives. The Rope Ranger excels for climbers looking for a more compressible rope bag to fit into their larger climbing pack for longer approaches. If you love to dump everything in your rope bag, then the Super Slacker or the Black Diamond Super Chute might be better options.