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Pros: Lightweight, long, strong for its diameter, versatile.
Cons: No middle mark.
Best Uses: General climbing.
Manufacturer: Bluewater Ropes
As a 9.7mm climbing rope, the Lightning Pro only weighs 61 g/m, which is light and easy to handle. For a rope of this weight, it is still rated to hold 8 UIAA falls, which is one of the highest ratings for a rope under 10.2mm in this review. Overall this rope is light, strong, versatile, and handles well. If you want a rope that can do just about anything, this is an excellent option. For something thicker and stronger, check out the Maxim Glider. If you want something skinnier and even lighter for an all day adventure, look into the Mammut Revelation or the Mammut Infinity.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
9.7 All-Around Rope
The Lightning Pro is lightweight at 61 g/m. For a thin, lightweight rope, it is noticeably strong, being rated to hold more UIAA falls than the thicker 9.9 mm BlueWater Pulse. This is an excellent all-around rope if you only own one rope.
We tested this rope while working on a trad project in Rock Creek, CA, and took whipper after whipper on it. Tied with the BlueWater Pulse for having the lowest impact force of 7.8 kN, this rope gave a soft and safe catch, and having a rope this strong provided even more confidence to go for it at the crux.
The Lightning Pro has smooth handling and is easy to feed through a Gri-Gri, Reverso, or an ATC.
The Lightning Pro comes in 60 or 70 meter lengths, and comes with dry treatment or bi-pattern options. BlueWater does not put middle marks on their ropes, so if having a marked center is important to you, go with the bi-pattern option.
As a medium diameter rope that is also lightweight, the Lightning Pro is versatile enough for just about any kind of climbing you would like to do. BlueWater classifies it as a rope for "Multi-pitch, redpoint, and onsight." Because of the low impact force, it is particularly great at projecting and taking falls, but it is skinny enough to not drag you down on the send.
As a regular 60 meter, this rope is $214, which is a middle range price. It is less expensive than both Petzl ropes but costs more than the Beal Edlinger or the Maxim Equinox. To buy this rope as a 70-meter adds about $30, but is still an average, reasonable price, especially for such a strong rope. Overall, the medium diameter ropes can be used in the most situations, so you can get more bang for your buck when buying a versatile rope like this one.
— McKenzie Long
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