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Arc’teryx Pali Rope Bag

Leave it to the innovators at Arc'teryx to take a mundane item like a rope bag and turn it into something new and snazzy. The Pali features the standard polyurethane-coated ground sheet that keeps your rope out of the dirt, but departs from the norm by utilizing a roll-top closure.

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Price $75

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4 stars

Leave it to the innovators at Arc’teryx to take a mundane item like a rope bag and turn it into something new and snazzy. The Pali features the standard polyurethane-coated ground sheet that keeps your rope out of the dirt, but departs from the norm by utilizing a roll-top closure. The slats that stiffen the lip of the roll-top create a handy gaping maw for storing items like gear, shoes and chalk as you move between climbs. Packing your rope is a breeze, just roll it into the ground sheet and dump it into the bag, roll the slats, buckle and cinch. Unpacked, the 16-liter bag is the size of an orange crate, but compresses to a bundle no bigger than an 18 pack of cheap beer when your rope is stowed away.

Another feature I liked about the Pali was the durability and stiffness of the ground sheet: It didn’t flap around in light breezes like other rope bags/tarps. My 70-meter 9.5 mm rope fit easily into the Pali without undue grunting and straining on my part. Fitting the bundle into my backpack was a little more problematic, however. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade packs? Coincidentally, Arc’teryx designed the Pali to fit into the bottom of the Miura 50 [see Field Tested 165], a Rock and Ice B.I.G. Award winner, for a marriage of rope bag and backpack that definitely suits the needs of this cragging climber. The Pali’s adjustable padded shoulder strap was adequate for toting my rope short distances, but I don’t really like carrying stuff suspended from one shoulder. The only real downside to the Pali is its rather hefty price, it costs nearly double that of other great rope bags I have used.