Beal Opera 8.5
With a diameter normally reserved for half ropes, the Opera is the skinniest single- rated rope on the market and the first to break the mythical weight barrier of 50 grams per meter.
Black Diamond 9.2mm Full DryBlack Diamond released its rope line in January, offering a total of 13 new cords, from beefy 9.9mm gym ropes to a 7.8mm half rope. At 2.1 ounces per meter, the 9.2mm Full Dry is the … Continue reading "Black Diamond 9.2mm Full Dry"
Edelrid Corbie 8.9THOUGH IT EXPERTLY caught some massive whippers at the sport crag, the Corbie has a slightly stiffer hand than other ropes, and I found it to be ideal for ice and alpine climbing. The rope was easy … Continue reading "Edelrid Corbie 8.9"
Field Tested: The World’s Skinnest Single Ropes Go Head-to-HeadUNLIKE AMERICANS, climbing ropes are getting skinnier every year. Take, for example, the new breed of ultralight ropes for sport and alpine climbing: the Beal Opera, the Edelrid Corbie and the Mammut Serenity. This trio is … Continue reading "Field Tested: The World’s Skinnest Single Ropes Go Head-to-Head"
Petzl Arial 9.5Petzl Arial 9.5mm | $230 (60m) $260 (70m) | petzl.com ★★★★ My first fall on Petzl’s new rope, and what I now consider the aptly named Arial, was looooong. I had tied in to … Continue reading "Petzl Arial 9.5"
Trango Diamond 9.4Trango Diamond 9.4mm | $194.95 (60m) $224.95 (70m) trango.com ★★★★ Your rope is one of the few pieces of gear you can’t back up. It has to be light, provide a soft catch and … Continue reading "Trango Diamond 9.4"
Millet Opposite TRX 9/10Millet Opposite TRX 9/10| $299 | milletusa.com ★★★★ This 80-meter cord is broken into two sections of different diameters: 30 meters are 10mm and 50 meters are 9mm. In theory, this allows a chintzy sport … Continue reading "Millet Opposite TRX 9/10"
Mammut Climax 9.6Mammut Climax 9.6 www.mammut.com | $170 (for 60m) | 4.5 Stars Normally I shy away from ropes that lack dry treatment because I find them to be less durable than their dry-treated counterparts. My opinion has … Continue reading "Mammut Climax 9.6"
Edelrid Anniversary 9.7Edelrid Anniversary Rope 9.7mm 60m edelrid.de | $209.95 | *** You don’t make ropes for 150 years without learning a few tricks and Edelrid, a German rope manufacturer that has been in the game for … Continue reading "Edelrid Anniversary 9.7"
Edelweiss Performance 9.2The Edelweiss Performance 9.2mm $177 When I ponder all things climbing-related and Teutonic, images of hulking übermenschen cranking one-arms off monodoigts and clipping in with big, beefy cords come to mind. Surprise, then, that one … Continue reading "Edelweiss Performance 9.2"
Mammut Serenity 8.7My new route, John Henry, is a meandering peregrination up a scruffy, overlooked crag 20 minutes from the office. The route is cool, but it wanders like your grandma on half a Quaalude. With the pitch … Continue reading "Mammut Serenity 8.7"
Beal Joker 9.1The Joker has multiple-personality disorder. This 9.1mm lead cord is the first-ever rope certified for single, half or twin use. At 53 grams per meter, it’s also the lightest-weight single rope made, just nudging out … Continue reading "Beal Joker 9.1"
Yates/Bluewater Slimline Elite 10.8Slimline: $215 for 60-meter dry My friend James, an Alaskan native who flips trucks like pancakes, dragged me out to Utah’s fearsome Fisher Towers for a real Western adventure, as he calls anything muddy, loose … Continue reading "Yates/Bluewater Slimline Elite 10.8"