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Pros: SuperDRY coating, lightweight
Cons: Not the most versatile
Best Uses: Sport climbing, alpine climbing.
If you are primarily going to use your rope for sport climbing or long alpine routes, this specialty rope is excellent. It is skinny (9.2mm,) lightweight (55 g/m,) yet durable. Its SuperDRY coating makes it smooth and easy to handle, and prevents it from taking on water in the event you get caught in a storm. If you are looking for an inexpensive rope, the BlueWater Pulse, Mammut Tusk, and Maxim Equinox are good deals. If you are looking for something thicker and more versatile, the Sterling Marathon Pro or the BlueWater Lightning Pro are great all-around ropes.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
9.2 mm Skinny Sending Rope
As one of two 9.2 mm ropes in this review, the Revelation is also one of the lightest. It weighs in at 55 g/m, which is far lighter than any of the all-around medium diameter ropes. However, out of the other skinny ropes we evaluated, it is not the weight winner. The Sterling Fusion Nano beats it with a weight of 53 g/m and the ultra-skinny 8.9mm Metolius Tendon weighs a feathery 52 g/m.
The Revelation has Mammut's proprietary SuperDRY coating, which repels water, is resistant to dirt, and extends the life of the rope, protecting the sheath from abrasion. We have tested this rope extensively from sport climbs to trad climbs to ice climbs, and have found that it holds up extremely well over time.
The coating on this rope also improves the glide and handling, giving it a smooth feel and keeping it feeling new longer.
Options and Other Versions
The Revelation always comes with a dry coating, and is available in 60 or 70 meter lengths. It can be purchased with a black middle mark or in a bi-pattern.
The Revelation is a specialty rope, perfect for sport climbing and alpine climbing. These days, routes are getting longer and longer, and where the standard used to be a 60 meter rope, (and before that 50-meter) many places now are bolted with the assumption you have a 70-meter rope. This rope accommodates that length while staying lightweight. Since the trend in sport climbing is keeping everything as lightweight as possible, having a skinny yet durable and long rope is ideal. This rope is also great on alpine climbs. Being one of the skinniest ropes in this review, and weighing only 55 g/m, it qualifies as a "light and fast" rope.
This rope is on the expensive end of the scale, however for being a dry-coated rope, the price is reasonable. In our tests, Mammut ropes last longer than the Petzl or the Beal ropes, so for a little bit of extra money, you can get more use out of this cord.
— McKenzie Long
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