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Best Climbing rope

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Micah Tedeschi · · Denver · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 35

Hey, I have been been climbing for about three years now and I have finally retired my first rope. Admittedly, later then I probably should have seeing as it is riddled with core shots. I am looking to purchase a new rope but want to make sure I make the right choice. My only requirements is that it is a 70m, dry treated, single rope, that is pretty durable. I have been considering heavily the Blue Water Xenon Double Dry Climbing Rope - 9.2mm. If anyone has used this rope before I would love their opinion and if anyone has other suggestions that would be awesome! Keep in mind that I am a broke college student with an expensive hobby so if you have recommendations try to keep them within a reasonable price range. Thank you so much!

Noah Mills · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2019 · Points: 0
Ma Ja · · Red River Gorge · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 116

Mammut Infinity Dry is my top pick

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,931

Sierra Trading Post is usually the best source for 70m ropes for those on a budget.  And if you want durable, 9.2mm isn't a wise move.

curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 74
Eric Engberg · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 0

I'm partial to Sterlings - Velocity in particular - but there are a number of equivalent possibilities.  I am curious about what I see as inconsistencies in your post.  You list durability as a requirement. You don't list weight. Yet you propose a 9.2 rope - why so thin?

Larry S · · Easton, PA · Joined May 2010 · Points: 841

Mammut infinity is constantly a top pick for durability and handling.  Pricey though.  In the protect dry sheath it retails $250 in a 70m, $300 for full dry.

Chris Owen · · Big Bear Lake · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 11,044
Ma Ja wrote: Mammut Infinity Dry is my top pick

Mammut Infinity 9.5 would be my choice also.

Joe Prescott · · Berlin Germany · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 6
Micah Tedeschi wrote: Hey, I have been been climbing for about three years now and I have finally retired my first rope. Admittedly, later then I probably should have seeing as it is riddled with core shots. 
I think it is a little late to retire a rope that already has 'core shots.' You might want to get a 10.5-11mm cord.


Larry S · · Easton, PA · Joined May 2010 · Points: 841

I keep debating on this rope.... it's a special by edelweiss for backcountry.  Looks like a good deal, especially if you use that first time backcountry 20 off coupon and 8% back thru activejunky. Edelweiss Echo

Alan Coon · · Longmont, CO · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 175
Eric Engberg wrote: I'm partial to Sterlings - Velocity in particular - but there are a number of equivalent possibilities.  I am curious about what I see as inconsistencies in your post.  You list durability as a requirement. You don't list weight. Yet you propose a 9.2 rope - why so thin?

Plus one

Ian Levine · · Denver · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0
Chris Owen wrote:

Mammut Infinity 9.5 would be my choice also.

Same

Josh C · · Somewhere out West · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120

The one that saves your life. (Thanks for setting me up for that incredibly witty but totally predictable reply).

But put another vote in for Mammut Infinity dry duodess 70m. I've seen it in 9.5 and 9.8mm. Don't think they make the 10mm anymore. The duodess is partly what makes this rope special for me. I had a 10mm version that lasted me over 5 years climbing every weekend on multi pitch routes. It got stuck in a crack from a rap, so we pulled it out from the ground. It took a core shot from us yarding on it, so now it's my 100 foot canyoneering rope. Still going strong after 10+ years.  

It's an expensive rope but well worth the extra money.

PatMas · · Tulsa, OK · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

Mammut infinity, or Beal Joker with a very slight preference toward the joker. Both ‘feel’ pretty similar in size, and are about the same price per feature. I own both, and when I need to replace one, I’ll go with whichever is on sale.

Josh C · · Somewhere out West · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120
PatMas wrote: Mammut infinity, or Beal Joker with a very slight preference toward the joker. Both ‘feel’ pretty similar in size, and are about the same price per feature. I own both, and when I need to replace one, I’ll go with whichever is on sale.

I used to have a Beal Joker. Was my favorite rope until I discovered the Mammut duodess. Someone at REI told me Beal is owned by Black Diamond. Anyone know if that's true?

Rob warden The space lizard · · Now...where? · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 0
Josh C. wrote:

I used to have a Beal Joker. Was my favorite rope until I discovered the Mammut duodess. Someone at REI told me Beal is owned by Black Diamond. Anyone know if that's true?

Not even a little


Waaaaaaaaay back BD was the distributor for Beal
Josh C · · Somewhere out West · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120
Rob warden The space lizard wrote:

Not even a little


Waaaaaaaaay back BD was the distributor for Beal

That's what they must have meant. I think I had that rope around 2005 maybe. Good rope.

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 10
Micah Tedeschi wrote: My only requirements is that it is a 70m, dry treated, single rope, that is pretty durable. I have been considering heavily the Blue Water Xenon Double Dry Climbing Rope - 9.2mm. If anyone has used this rope before I would love their opinion and if anyone has other suggestions that would be awesome! Keep in mind that I am a broke college student with an expensive hobby so if you have recommendations try to keep them within a reasonable price range. Thank you so much!

What kind of climbing do you do? I like this rope, though I have only top roped on it, my buddy owns it. It doesn't feel like a 9.5. Feels thinner than my Mammut 9.2.

Sterling Evolution Helix

Small but mighty: With a new sheath and bantam weight core construction, the Helix is our skinny workhorse. Blending the right features—the ease of the 9.5-diameter rope, durable and light with low impact force—the Helix is ideal for high-end sport, trad and mixed climbing. Now available in DryXP, UIAA Certified Water Repellent.
Non bicolor options include a Middle Mark.
Available Lengths: 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 m  //  DryXP available in 60, 70, 80 m lengths
Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 290

If the rope you are retiring is full of core shots I would suggest that whatever rope you end up with being a Unicore.  

Bill Lundeen · · Lee Vining, CA · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 116

Micah -- here's a different perspective (from an old timer):  I've been climbing a long time.  Always wanted time rather than $$$.  So, being a dirtbag all my adult life, I've never had the goods to just pick my idea of the best rope for me.  Instead, I've always just bought what's on sale or a really good deal.  Never been disappointed yet.  Right now I have a 60m Roca I paid $102 for through Camp Saver (free shipping) and a recently purchased 70m Roca 9.6 for $110 (no tax or shipping; picked it up locally in Bishop, CA).  They may weigh a few more grams per meter, but that comes out to 1 lb at the most.  Plus I'm not 'sending the gnar' at 63 like I did 25 years ago.  (I also redpointed my first 5.12 in clunky old LaSportiva boots, reminding myself that's not the rope or the shoes that will make the ultimate difference...)

curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 74
Kevin Mokracek wrote: If the rope you are retiring is full of core shots I would suggest that whatever rope you end up with being a Unicore.  

hence my recommendation above...

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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