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Beal Edlinger Review

   

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Overall avg rating 2.6 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: June 4, 2013
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Pros:  Inexpensive, lighter than other ropes of its diameter, no chemical treatments make it more environmentally friendly
Cons:  Kinky, not very durable
Best Uses:  All-around climbing
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Manufacturer:   Beal
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ June 4, 2013  
Overview
The Beal Edlinger is an excellent workhorse climbing rope that is versatile enough to be used for any kind of climbing you may be interested in, from multi-pitch to extended top-roping. It is on the inexpensive side, is lightweight for its diameter (65 g/m), and is now made eco-friendly without chemical surface treatments. This main downsides to this rope are that it can stay kinky longer than other new ropes, and it is not as durable as other workhorse ropes like the Sterling Marathon Pro or the all-around rope and Editor's Choice winner, the Mammut Infinity. We would pick the Bluewater Eliminator over this one, which is just slightly lighter for a 10.2 rope.

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The Beal Edlinger II. I love the color of this rope, however it is not a very durable ropes compared to others in its price range.
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10.2 Workhorse Rope

Weight
This rope is inexpensive and light for its diameter, which makes for less weight to lug up the approach. By comparison, the Maxim Equinox, which is also a 10.2, weighs 66 g/m, but the Beal Edlinger weighs 65 g/m. It is shown up just slightly by the BlueWater Eliminator which weighs in at 64 g/m.

Catch
Beal offers ropes with a low impact force, which means that falls feel very soft and cushioned. One downside to the ECO manufacturing process is that it does not have the same low impact force as other ropes by the same brand, so the catch on the Edlinger is not as soft.

Handling
We found this rope to be much kinkier than other new ropes we were testing, and it remained that way longer. This made the glide through the belay devices much more jerky and less smooth than with some of the easy to handle ropes, such as the Sterling Fusion Nano.

Durability
This rope began to ovalize right away. This is usually a sign that a rope is in need of retirement, but this began in the first few days of use. Because of its ECO label, this rope has a thinner sheath than other Beal ropes, so it may not last as long as ones with a thicker exterior.

Options and Other Verisons
Beal offers a huge range of options and choices for their ropes. The Edlinger comes in just about any length option you desire, from 50 meters to 80 meters, and even up to a spool of 200 meters for gyms. A new option available is to purchase your rope with an RFID microchip embedded in the end to allow you to trace your rope and the number of falls caught on it.

Our review rope for this review was bright purple, which we liked. It was more unique than most of the other rope colors and added a fun, bright element to the days spent climbing with it. Beal in general has fun color options for their ropes, and in the words of one tester "when you look down at your rope, and it makes you happy, you are more likely to send!"

Lastly, the Edlinger is now made ECO. This means the rope was not given any chemical treatments, so the sheath is thinner, it is cheaper to produce, and more environmentally friendly. The downside is that the impact force goes up, so falls are less cushioned.

Best Application
This rope is a good all-around climbing rope. At 10.2 it could be used for anything from jugging to multi-pitch climbs to cragging. If you only want to own one climbing rope, enjoy all types of climbing, and are concerned about your environmental impact, this is an excellent choice.

Value
This rope is one of the least expensive ropes, costing only $140 for a standard 60 meter, which for the budget shopper is enticing. Due to the lack of surface treatments, it can be manufactured at a lower cost. However, this rope would not last as long as some of the other ropes which are only slightly more expensive. For a workhorse rope we recommend the Sterling Marathon-Pro or the Bluewater Eliminator.

McKenzie Long

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Most recent review: June 4, 2013
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Jun 4, 2013 - 02:26pm
 
labrat · Climber · Auburn, CA
A review of the review.

"A new option available is to purchase your rope with an RFID microchip embedded in the end to allow you to trace your rope and the number of falls caught on it."

Please explain how this works. Does it automatically record the number of falls? Record the impact force? Could I trace it if was stolen? Is someone tracing me?

I believe that impact force (the actually number) should be one of the items listed in the review.
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   Dec 10, 2012 - 12:36am
Jessin · Climber · Piedmont ok
Vary kinky
I've had this rope for 3 years and it's still in knots
Not that durable and vary stiff compared to other ropes
When I'm spent at the end of a climb I'm in no mood to untangle this rope !

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   Sep 30, 2010 - 11:53pm
blackguardx · Climber
I own this rope and I agree with the reviewer that it is really kinky. Washing it helps as well as doing long raps on it, but the kinks always seem to return. It is also very stiff compared to other ropes I've handled.

I am giving it one more star than the reviewer because I think that it is actually pretty durable.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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