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Mammut Tusk Review

Mammut Tusk  9.8 mm
By: McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 28, 2015
Price:  $220 List
Pros:  Versatile, dry coating, high fall rating, long life
Cons:  Not particularly lightweight, fattens up after a lot of use
Manufacturer:   Mammut
  • Weight - 25% 6
  • Catch - 15% 7
  • Handling - 40% 8
  • Durability - 20% 8
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Best Buy Award

Our Verdict

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Though this particular model has been discontinued, you can see the results of our rigorous testing and assessment of today's top Climbing Ropes here.

At 9.8 mm and 63 g/m, the Mammut Tusk is the perfect example of an all-around climbing rope. It's not too heavy, not too skinny, and can live up to any task you need it to. It is also a great value, costing only $200 - $220 for a standard 60 meter. This combination of a low price tag and excellent versatility win it our Best Buy Award. For a lighter, skinny rope, we recommend the Sterling Fusion Nano and for a workhorse rope we like the Sterling Marathon Pro or the BlueWater Eliminator.

Our Analysis and Test Results


The Tusk stands out for being standard and generic. It is a high quality, medium diameter, versatile rope. It is an excellent choice for those on a budget who want a lasting rope.

Performance Comparison

Alexandra Long wearing the Camp Armour Lady helmet and belaying with the Mammut Tusk on West Country  Tuolumne Meadows. Since the Tusk is a fairly light rope  weighing 63 g/m  it is a great all-around rope that can be used for any climbing discipline.
Alexandra Long wearing the Camp Armour Lady helmet and belaying with the Mammut Tusk on West Country, Tuolumne Meadows. Since the Tusk is a fairly light rope, weighing 63 g/m, it is a great all-around rope that can be used for any climbing discipline.

9.8 All-Around Rope


This is an all-around decent rope that stands out in its average medium-ness. It has a medium diameter, average durability, average weight, and a slightly lower than average price. That being said, this makes it one of the most versatile ropes in this review. It is thin and light enough to not be noticeably heavy while climbing, yet thick and durable enough to withstand jugging or a lot of heavy usage. At 9.8mm and 64 g/m, it exemplifies the all-arounder rope.


The one feature that does really stand out about the Mammut Tusk is its strength. Rated to hold 9-10 UIAA falls, this rope earns the highest strength rating of any of the ropes we evaluated. This also indicates that the rope will likely last longer than other ropes with a lower strength rating. With an impact force rating of 8.8 kN, the Tusk provides a solid catch, though not as soft as the really low impact force ropes like the BlueWater Pulse and Lightening Pro.


The Tusk comes with the Mammut proprietary SuperDRY coating, which adds to the life of the rope and makes the rope handle very smoothly, especially at first. This coating, while not as protective as the Teflon COATINGfinish that comes on the Infinity, resists dirt as well as water, and does keep the rope feeling newer longer. The dry coating also makes the rope useful for ice climbing when the rope may be sitting in snow, because it prevents it from taking on water, which makes the rope heavier, harder to handle, and also reduces strength.


The Mammut Tusk is a high quality  all-around rope.
The Mammut Tusk is a high quality, all-around rope.
The SuperDRY surface treatment adds some durability to the rope, but the Tusk is likely to fatten up and collect dirt sooner than the ropes with a Teflon coating, such as the Editors' Choice Mammut Infinity or the Metolius Tendon. Overall we found this rope to hold up to our tests and usage quite well. Since it is such a strong rope, it is perfect for long days top-roping or projecting.

Options and Other Versions

The Tusk is available in 60 or 70 meter lengths and either comes with a printed middle mark or a bi-pattern weave. It always comes with the dry surface treatment at no additional cost.

Best Application

As a medium diameter rope, this rope can be used in situations where you would want a fat rope or a skinny rope. It handles well on sport climbs or longer multi-pitch climbs. It also works well as an ice climbing rope due to its dry coating. Since it is not particularly lightweight, it is not the best rope to schlep long distances, but it handles a top-rope train of people beautifully.


The Mammut Tusk is one of the less expensive ropes we evaluated. It is an excellent price for a versatile, notably strong rope that can be used for any climbing discipline, which is why we gave it the Best Buy Award. This rope is very similar in features to the other two 9.8mm ropes we tested, the Petzl Nomad and Sterling Evolution Velocity and is comparable in price to both.

Other Versions

Mammut makes a variety of ropes, including the 9.2 mm light rope, the Mammut Revelation, $220. The Revelation is a great sport climbing or long alpine route rope.

The Mammut Infinity costs $240 and wins the Editors' Choice Award. This rope takes our Editors' Choice for a variety of reasons: its medium diameter makes it versatile enough for any type of climbing, Mammut's proprietary COATING finish gives it smooth glide, extra durability, and keeps it feeling new longer, and it remains light enough to not be cumbersome on the approach.


The Tusk is a wise choice for a beginning climber buying their first rope, for someone who is only going to own one rope and is on a budget, or for people who aren't as confident in the skinnier ropes.

McKenzie Long

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   Nov 9, 2010 - 03:30pm
Cpt0bvi0u5 · Climber · Merced CA

This is a solid all around rope. I bought mine summer of 2009 and it has served me well ever since. The tusk is fairly light and I feel that the 9.8mm is the way to go on most climbs. Its thin enough that it is easy to clip and stays light but thick enough that if you do end up pitching onto it you wont be to worried. Also I have not experienced any tangling issues with this rope which is nice. I have used this rope from everything from cragging to walls and it gets the job done. This would be an excellent rope for NIAD but I feel it is too thin to be used if you are going to be on the wall for a substantial amount of time. After a solid year of climbing the sheath of my rope is getting a tad fuzzy but this is in part that I do jug the line occasionally. Ultimately the tusk is a super solid rope that I would highly recommend to any climber looking for a lighter thinner rope.

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

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