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Mammut Magic Rope Bag

Three-use carry bag.

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MSRP: $69.95

BEST FOR: Gym bag, sitting mat, rope bag

Good things come in threes, or so we are told. Let’s see …

The Mammut Magic Rope Bag is tri-use. It makes a nice solid, handy gym bag. Room for a couple pairs of shoes and a jacket. Over-the-shoulder carrying sling. Large interior zip pocket to try, might as well try, to contain the chalk dust — anyway, it holds a chalk bag, and tape or whatever else you like. Wrist-deep exterior zip pocket works for keys, phone, sport bar or other snack.

The bag is padded, with thin foam sides, to make a comfortable mat to sit on and stay out of the dirt for putting on shoes. Or perhaps just basking and chatting. The instructions say to pull the drawstring for converting the bag to a mat, yet that seems not to make an appreciable difference. I’d just turn the bag on its side and sit on it.

Some people really like stand-up bags for, again, keeping things out of the dirt, but I prefer tarps and, usually, a big ol’ backpack for hiking to crags. So I have not used this item as a rope bag. The climbing gym, on the other hand, is a pleasant mile walk from where I work and elsewhere in town, and for that this bag is an easy carry, especially with just the usual few light gym items in it.

The bag has a handle for a quick pick-me-up to move around at the boulder or between routes at the crag, has colored attachments for the rope ends, and an internal strap for carabiners.

According to the maker, manufacturing is monitored by the Fairwear Foundation for social responsibility, which asks for a stated commitment to try to follow eight labor standards for workers in the supply chain.

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