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Pros Light for the diameter, smooth handlingDurable sheath, supple feel, soft catches, saves some weight over thicker workhorsesDurable, excellent feel and handle, soft catchesLight, durable, super soft and supple handleGreat handling, durable
Cons Expensive, difficult tale installation, no rip stripMiddle marker wears out quickly, still heavier than thinner ropesPriceyNot durable enough for heavy duty sport climbing, a lot of stretch when secondingHeavy for the diameter, high impact force rating
Bottom Line Good choice for heavy useNo rope does a better job of including all the attributes we want – durability, soft but safe catches, great handling, and all at a reasonable priceAn excellent rope that is durable, the perfect diameter for all styles of climbing, and handles greatExcellent handling and not too thick, this rope is an ideal choice to shed some weightGreat for sport climbing and advanced climbers
Rating Categories Sterling Velocity Mammut 9.5 Crag Classic Sterling Helix Petzl Volta Maxim Pinnacle
Handling (35%)
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Durability (25%)
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Catch (20%)
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Specs Sterling Velocity Mammut 9.5 Crag... Sterling Helix Petzl Volta Maxim Pinnacle
Diameter 9.8 mm 9.5 mm 9.5 mm 9.2 mm 9.5 mm
Weight (g/m) 62 g/m 59 g/m 59 g/m 55 g/m 61 g/m
Certified Use Single Single Single Single, Half and Twin Single
UIAA Fall Rating 6 7 7 6 7
Impact Force 8.8 kN 8.8 kN 8.9 kN 8.6 kN 10.3 kN
Static Elongation % (in use) 8.6 8 7.2 7.5 5
Dynamic Elongation % (first fall) 26.4 33 31.9 33 26
Sheath Proportion % 35 40 41 42 36
Dry Coating Option Dry Coat Mammut Dry Treatment DryXP Duratec Dry Endura Dry 2x treatment
Middle Mark or Bi-Pattern Option Bi-Pattern or middle mark Middle mark Middle Mark and Bi-Color Option Middle Mark Bi-pattern option
Lengths Available 50m, 60m, 70m, 80m 60m, 70m, 80m 40m, 50m, 60m, 70m, 80m. DryXP: 60m, 70m, 80m 50m, 60m, 70m, 80m 60m, 70m
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