The Maxim Pinnacle is a great rope, but not for everything nor everyone. This 9.5 mm feels like no other rope out there — it's sleek and supple, without feeling too slippery. It was our favorite rope for redpoint burns where we were making tenuous clips and needed a fast clip and a faster feed from our belayer. It felt fine to fall on, regardless of the numbers on the package, but there is a potential for higher impact forces with this rope, and that's something to consider if you're climbing on gear. As such, we've given this a Top Pick for Sport Climbing designation, with the further caveat that it's probably not the best rope for beginner sport climbers either. If you're new to the sport, check out our Top Pick for Top Roping and Gym Climbing, the Black Diamond 9.9mm.
Check out the Maxim Pinnacle Bi-Pattern, which retails for $283. If you're not familiar with this style of rope, it has one weave pattern on one side and a different one on the other. This lets you know where the middle of the rope is every time, and is very handy when setting up rappels down a long route or even when single pitch climbing and you're not sure if your line will reach back down. Manufacturer's middle markers can often fade and/or blend in with the dirt on your rope, but you'll always see where the middle of a bi-pattern rope is.