Hands-on Gear Review

Mammut Revelation Review

Mammut Revelation
By: McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 31, 2013
Price:  $254 List  |  $149.96 at Backcountry - 41% Off
Pros:  SuperDRY coating, lightweight
Cons:  Not the most versatile
Manufacturer:   Mammut
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  • Weight - 25% 8
  • Catch - 15% 8
  • Handling - 40% 8
  • Durability - 20% 8
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Our Verdict

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.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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Performance Comparison


Using the Mammut Revelation on On the Lamb  Tuolumne Meadows  CA.
Using the Mammut Revelation on On the Lamb, Tuolumne Meadows, CA.

9.2 mm Skinny Sending Rope

Weight


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.

Durability


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.

Handling


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.

Best Application


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.

Value


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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Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 2 reviewers recommend it
 
Rating Distribution
3 Total Ratings
5 star: 100%  (3)
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   Sep 2, 2014 - 09:35am
Rattlesnake Arch · Climber

This is not the best rope for wall climbing or toproping. Since I rarely do either, this is my goto rope. I especially like my 70m for sport and multipitch, and a shortened one (50m)for backcountry rock. They are light, durable and handle well in autoblock devices.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


Nov 2, 2010 - 01:13pm
 
Cpt0bvi0u5 · Climber · Merced CA

I think rope reviews should include grams per meter on ropes so consumers can find what rope weight best suits their needs.




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   Oct 1, 2010 - 02:07am
Hummerchine · Climber · East Wenatchee, WA

This is just a wonderful rope; in fact, for all climbing outside of big walls, I think it is the best rope on the market (in bi-pattern). And this comes from a notorious gear slut (me). I've used the best of the competition, here are my thoughts:

Mammut Serentiy: lightest single rope on the market; the Revelation is the next lightest made by Mammut. I liked the Serenity, but it wears out extremely fast, does not come in bi-pattern, and does seem too thin to belay with confidence. And I should point out I am also a weight freak.

Edelwiess Performance/Beal Joker. I group these together because the specs on these two ropes are identical. They are also the second lightest ropes on the market, but they have different handling properties. I like them both very much, have only had one Joker but have burned through a few Performance ropes. I actually love them, they hold up fairly well but still seem a bit skinny to belay with and do not come in bi-pattern. Actually, it appears that the Joker does come that way, but I have yet to find any way to obtain one in the USA.

The Revelation hits the sweet spot.

Edelwiess Laser: incredibly sweet rope and a bargain to boot. Handles fantastic, as do all of the above ropes outside the Serenity. Just a bit heavy for my taste; if you want something burlier, don't hesitate and buy the bi-pattern version of this.

Hope this helps!



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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