Open Ranger



The gear-closet conundrum: multiple ropes stashed in multiple bags . . . so which is the redpoint rig and which that 23.2-meter fuzzfest? Thanks to the METOLIUS CLIMBING ROPE RANGER ($45.95, and its savvy, clear top window opening onto an internal tie-off loop, you can locate your desired cord without any undue rifling. The Rope Ranger is a cut above for other reasons, too — you get: an internal Tarp Pocket that holds the cord in for quick, route-base-toroute- base transfers (and ensures zero spillage when folding the tarp into the bag); external zippered pocket; padded external grab loop; and backpack-style straps that lengthen for a shoulder carry. The Rope Ranger is also a roomy puppy, with space aplenty for shoes and a chalkbag. Colors are black, red, blue, and assorted solids.

—Matt Samet