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Mad Rock Rope Bucket

You often don’t realize how badly something sucks until you try something that doesn’t suck. Case in point: rope tarps.

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Mad Rock Rope Bucket $19.95

You often don’t realize how badly something sucks until you try something that doesn’t suck. Case in point: rope tarps. These nylon tortillas do only a decent job of keeping your vital cord off the ground. Shuttle one around without bundling up the entire wad and you get rope spaghetti. Set one on even the slightest incline, and your rope slithers off and into the muck. Worst of all, a rope tarp does not protect your lifeline from dirt kicked up by the hooves of wayward beasts.

Now take the new Rope Bucket by Mad Rock. This nylon hamper, thanks to a series of integrated flexible nylon hoops, springs into a semi-rigid basket that folds and packs into a plate-sized tote sack. To use, flake your rope into the bucket and belay straight out of the tub. The upright nylon sides protect your rope from dirt and mud and keep the cord effectively caged. On multi-pitch routes you can hang the Rope Bucket straight off its handles, which also work perfectly for carrying it from proj to proj, briefcase style. After climbing, you needn’t even coil the rope. Simply toss the kit and caboodle into your closet, where it waits, nice and tidy, until your next outing. Rope management doesn’t get any better than this. Madrockclimbing.com.

—DR