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Pros Durable, excellent feel and handle, soft catchesDurable sheath, supple feel, soft catches, saves some weight over thicker workhorsesLight, durable, super soft and supple handleEco friendly, nice handle, super light, triple rated, uncoils perfectly from the bagGreat handling, durable
Cons PriceyMiddle marker wears out quickly, still heavier than thinner ropesNot durable enough for heavy duty sport climbing, a lot of stretch when secondingExpensive, dry coating wears off sheath quickly, a tad stiffHeavy for the diameter, high impact force rating
Bottom Line An excellent rope that is durable, the perfect diameter for all styles of climbing, and handles greatNo rope does a better job of including all the attributes we want – durability, soft but safe catches, great handling, and all at a reasonable priceExcellent handling and not too thick, this rope is an ideal choice to shed some weightAn eco friendly and surprisingly durable skinny rope that is light and can handle some abuseGreat for sport climbing and advanced climbers
Rating Categories Sterling Helix Mammut 9.5 Crag Classic Petzl Volta Edelrid Swift Eco Dry Maxim Pinnacle
Handling (35%)
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Durability (25%)
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Weight (20%)
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Catch (20%)
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Specs Sterling Helix Mammut 9.5 Crag... Petzl Volta Edelrid Swift Eco... Maxim Pinnacle
Diameter 9.5 mm 9.5 mm 9.2 mm 8.9 mm 9.5 mm
Weight (g/m) 59 g/m 59 g/m 55 g/m 52 g/m 61 g/m
Certified Use Single Single Single, Half and Twin Single, Half and Twin Single
UIAA Fall Rating 7 7 6 7 (single), 22 (half/twin) 7
Impact Force 8.9 kN 8.8 kN 8.6 kN 8.8 (single), 6.7 (half), 10.4 kN (twin) 10.3 kN
Static Elongation % (in use) 7.2 8 7.5 9 (single), 8.6 (half), 5.3 (twin) 5
Dynamic Elongation % (first fall) 31.9 33 33 31 (single), 28 (half), 26 (twin) 26
Sheath Proportion % 41 40 42 34 36
Dry Coating Option DryXP Mammut Dry Treatment Duratec Dry Eco Dry Endura Dry 2x treatment
Middle Mark or Bi-Pattern Option Middle Mark and Bi-Color Option Middle mark Middle Mark Middle mark Bi-pattern option
Lengths Available 40m, 50m, 60m, 70m, 80m. DryXP: 60m, 70m, 80m 60m, 70m, 80m 50m, 60m, 70m, 80m 60m, 70m, 80m 60m, 70m
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