Posted by: pblanc on Dec-12-12 7:07 PM (EST)
I still have one of those Wildwater Designs bags and they were indeed easier to stuff. Not only that, because the rope was not stuffed in as tightly, it seemed to pay out more smoothly and with less friction.
I assume that by "ratchet stuffing" you mean starting out with your hand inside the bag and quickly moving it up and down like a piston loading small "knuckles" of rope into the bag without taking your hand completely out?
That is how I usually try to stuff a bag if the bag is big enough.
If you can't find a bag like that and you are fairly good with a sewing machine you can make your own bag pretty easily. You need a circular disc of some type of foam the size of the bag bottom, and a couple of stainless steel or nylon washers with a hole big enough for the rope to go through, some 1" nylon webbing (or polypro or polyester webbing), some nylon accessory cord for a drawstring, and a plastic spring-loaded cord lock. You can make the bag any size you want so long as it accommodates the length of cord you want to pack (I recommend 70 to 80 feet).