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The Best Rock Climbing Ropes
Using over 28 of the best climbing ropes in the last 9 years, our experts have seen hundreds of...

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The Metolius Speedster features a large fixed tarp.
The Best Rope Bags for Climbing
We've tested 23 rope bags in the last decade. Armed with this experience, we bought the best 9...

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Climbing Rope Buying Guide
The foundation of the basic rock climbing belay system is the climbing rope, and while every...

by Cam McKenzie Ring & Andy Wellman

This photo is used to show the sizes and the usability of the Rope bags we tested. On the bottom is a Metolius Rope Ranger (Same tarp as a Rope Master) then a Black Diamond Super Chute then a Black Diamond Super Slacker on top of that and a Metolius Porta
How to Choose a Climbing Rope Bag
As climbing increases in popularity, gear manufacturers are producing a variety of rope bags...

by Steven Tata

Mammut Infinity
The Mammut Infinity Dry perfectly exemplifies all that we want and ask for out of a climbing rope...

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Petzl Volta
While most of our top-scoring, dry treated, 9.5mm ropes will work just fine for alpine and...

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DMM Classic
The DMM Classic handily earns our Editors' Choice Award as the overall best rope bag. It features...

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Sterling Evolution Velocity
Sterling Evolution Velocity
The Sterling Evolution Velocity is a 9.8mm rope that weighs 62 grams per meter. This puts it on...

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Sterling Evolution Helix
Sterling touts their Evolution Helix 9.5mm as a "skinny workhorse," and we wholeheartedly agree...

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Beal Booster III
Beal Booster III
The Beal Booster has been around for as long as we've been climbing. It was one of our tester's...

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Mammut Crag
The Mammut Crag is a large backpack-style rope bag with plenty of padding and space for a full...

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Black Diamond 9.9mm rope
Black Diamond 9.9mm
Black Diamond just recently started making ropes, and we were excited to check them out in our...

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Beal Joker
The Beal Joker has been a favorite of skinny line enthusiasts for years now, and the combination...

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Edelrid Boa Pro Dry
The Edelrid Pro Dry is a 9.8 mm rope that handles and catches well, but not exceptionally so. It...

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Petzl Arial
Petzl Arial
We tested the Petzl Arial and were pleasantly surprised about many aspects of it: the handling...

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Maxim Pinnacle
Maxim Pinnacle
The Maxim Pinnacle is a great rope, but not for everything nor everyone. This 9.5 mm feels like no...

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Metolius Speedster
Metolius Speedster
The Metolius Speedster is a durable rope bag with some nice features. While it doesn't pack a rope...

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Metolius Ropemaster HC
The Metolius Ropemaster HC is a heavy-duty model with a large tarp and impressively spacious pack...

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Sterling Fusion Nano IX
The Sterling Fusion Nano IX is one of the lightest and thinnest climbing ropes in our test group...

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Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito
Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito
Although not very durable or complex, the Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito serves its own purpose...

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BlueWater Ropes Lightning Pro
The BlueWater Ropes Lightning Pro 9.7 mm is a lightweight for-the-diameter rope that handles well...

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Edelrid Swift Eco Dry
The Edelrid Swift Eco Dry 8.9mm rope allows great versatility for two particular climbing...

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Black Diamond Super Chute
The Black Diamond Super Chute is one of the larger-volume rope bags in our review that handles a...

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Metolius Dirt Bag II
The Metolius Dirt Bag II features a much-improved closure system as well as a much larger and...

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Petzl Kab
The Petzl KAB stands out as an impressively functional rope bag for climbing indoors. It has some...

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Mammut Revelation
The Mammut Revelation Dry is a skinny 9.2mm diameter rope that actually feels even skinnier than...

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Edelweiss Curve Unicore Supereverdry
Edelweiss Curve Unicore Supereverdry
The Edelweiss Curve Unicore Supereverdry is one of two "Unicore" constructed rope in this review...

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Trango Antidote
The Trango Antidote is a basic rope bag and is very comparable to other burrito-style models that...

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Trango Lotus
Trango Lotus
The Trango Lotus 9.9 mm is a solid "workhorse" rope. If you don't care about the lightest and...

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Edelrid Eagle Light  9.5 mm
Edelrid Eagle Light
The Edelrid Eagle Light gave our Editors' Choice winner, the Mammut Infinity, a run for its money...

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Wild Country's Rope Man 3 Ascender
Wild Country Ropeman 3
Recall info from Wild Country: Wild Country Ropeman 3 Recall. Wild Country issued a voluntary...

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Sterling Fusion Ion R  9.4 mm
Sterling Fusion Ion R
The Fusion Ion R, with its 9.4 mm diameter and 57 g/m weight, occupies an interesting place in...

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Sterling Marathon Pro  10.1 mm
Sterling Marathon Pro
Our testers usually reached for the Marathon Pro before a day of hard climbing that was not too...

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Petzl Bolsa
Petzl Bolsa
Petzl discontinued production of the Bolsa in 2019 The Petzl Bolsa is unique because it's a rope...

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A fresh Esprit Alpine Personal Escape Rope showing off its stiffness.
Esprit Alpine Personal Escape Rope
Committing routes often dictate a need for two ropes to facilitate longer rappels on the descent...

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Maxim Alex Honnold Glider  9.9 mm bi-pattern
New England Alex Honnold Signature Bi-Pattern Glider
With the New England Alex Honnold Glider you get performance that is about as good as could be...

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Maxim Equinox
Even though the end of the rope wore out quickly, the overall performance of the Maxim Equinox was...

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BlueWater Eliminator
In the category of thicker diameter workhorse ropes, the BlueWater Eliminator stands out for its...

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Maxim Glider
The New England Ropes Maxim Glider is an innovative and well made climbing rope. At 10.2mm, 66 g/m...

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Mammut Tusk  9.8 mm
Mammut Tusk
One for the Archives Though this particular model has been discontinued, you can see the results...

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Sterling Rock Gym
If you are looking for a cheap rope that you can bang up in the gym, the Sterling Rock Gym is a...

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Metolius Vortex
Metolius Vortex
The Metolius Vortex is Discontinued as of December 2016 The Vortex is a slick and easy-to-use rope...

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Black Diamond Super Slacker
Black Diamond Super Slacker
Black Diamond Discontinued the Super Slacker in the Spring of 2018 The Black Diamond Super...

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Mammut Sensor  10 mm
Mammut Sensor
The Mammut Sensor is No Longer Available as of September 2017 The Mammut Sensor is the first rope...

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Metolius Rope Master
Metolius Rope Ranger
The Rope Ranger is Discontinued as of 2016 The Metolius Rope Ranger is the big brother to the...

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Arc'teryx Pali Rope bag
Arc'teryx Pali Rope Bag
The Arc'teryx Pali features a unique rolltop design that is common in packs (especially Arc'teryx...

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Blue Water Dominator
BlueWater Dominator
Discontinued This product has been discontinued, but today's top performers are tested and...

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