Cheapo Bag 2.0 + New cool bags

January 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

While taking gear inventory for the new season, I came across my "Cheapo Bags". These Yates bags are cheap, light, compact...but they do not float. In 2014, I had to babysit these non-floating bags in wet canyons. In 2015 I retrofitted these bags with a piece of pipe insulation. This made them float, but in the field, after heavy dunks, the soaked rope overpowered the puny foam pipe. The bag will not sink to the bottom, but there was room for improvement.

Also, the Cheapo bag did not free-stand, which made rope stuffing awkward compared to Imlay or Werks bags. My lovely wife found these gardening pads made out of closed cell foam that are just the perfect size to inject new life into the Cheapo Bags.

Eventually I end up buying some $$ bags that are bulkier, but totally worth it.

Cheapo Bag 2.0Cheapo Bag 2.0Replacing floaters Replacing the pipe insulation with the chunkier rectangular knee pad

 

New FloaterNew FloaterNew floater inside the bag. Now bag can free stand.

Pad inside. Now the bag can free-stand and stay afloat no matter what.

120' 8.3mm rope120' 8.3mm rope120' Imlay Fire Canyon inside the XS bag

Bag with 120 feet of Imlay Canyon Fire 8.3mm. Perfect fit.

200' Bluewater Canyon Pro200' Bluewater Canyon ProInside the XS bag

Cheapo XS bag with new floating pad and 200 feet of Blue Water Canyon Pro rope. A bit cramped, but still OK.

Rodcle rope bagRodcle rope bagFuture home of the 300'

Rodcle rope bag. Future home for a 300 feet rope. Very cool bag. Attachment points are both at the top, so you can check if rope is secured to the bag.

 

Rodcle rope bagRodcle rope bagBag serves also as a little backpack for those Mia West slots

Rodcle rope bag can double as a small Mea West Slot canyon bag.

Imlay small bagImlay small bag200' Implay Canyon Fire inside. Perfect fit.

Small Imlay bag hosting 200 of Imlay Canyon Fire 8.3 rope. One cool feature of newer Imlay bags is that you can remove the floating foam if you need a super compact bag.


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