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Apr 21, 2013
Which way again?
. Cunning Linguist
Joined Feb 15, 2007
2,478 points
Apr 21, 2013
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"The ding is right by the middle mark and visibly and tactile-ly is verifiable as damaged in the core."



Think it would show in a photo?
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,394 points
Apr 21, 2013
Is this is a bipattern rope? Because sometimes they can have a little swelling at the join.

Jim
jim.dangle
Joined Jul 13, 2011
2,738 points
Apr 21, 2013
You haven't started fund raiser with a Paypal account for everyone to help buy you a new rope and deal with this tragedy? You're slipping. Dana Bartlett
From CT
Joined Nov 18, 2003
963 points
Apr 21, 2013
At the matching crux
My Sterling Nitro 9.8 is due to be retired pretty shortly. I think it's seen about 15 total climbing days in Seneca, New River Gorge, Gunks, Boulder Canyon, the Flatirons, and ice up in the Dacks... not very impressed. Jon H
From Boulder
Joined Nov 24, 2009
98 points
Apr 21, 2013
theres a reason why i buy cheap 100$ ropes for cragging ;) bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
2,153 points
Apr 21, 2013
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^^^

LOL!

Ditto!
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,394 points
Apr 21, 2013
I think thats just some bad luck Ive had my sterling 9.8 for 2.5 years used it probably 30-40 different trips and its still going (the red and new for most of that) BrandonK
From Columbus, Ohio
Joined Apr 25, 2012
1 points
Apr 21, 2013
Summit of my first tower, the Rectory via Fine Jad...
I would highly recommend a 9.8-10.2mm to replace your cord...

Check SuperTopo's rope review for durability considerations:
outdoorgearlab.com/Climbing-Ro...



I also take bearbreeder and Locker's advice to heart:

$32.96...
$32.96...

Steal of the century? Brand new 9.8, 60m for $32.96 after applied credits.
Dylan Weldin
From Austin, Texas
Joined Dec 5, 2010
1,494 points
Apr 21, 2013
Magic Ed
I've had two brand new ropes go bad on me. The first was a PMI that wore through the sheath after just one week of climbing in Northern Baja. Granted, the granite there was even sharper and more crystalline that JT but geez. When I contacted PMI they just said tough luck. Never bought another PMI product.

The other was a brand new Beal whose sheath burst after a short clean fall. The dealer who sold it to me replaced it immediately. I have owned several Beal's since then with no problems.
Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
332 points
Apr 22, 2013
Middle
bearbreeder wrote:
theres a reason why i buy cheap 100$ ropes for cragging ;)


Cause you're the cheapest person on the internet?
Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Joined Jul 23, 2010
130 points
Apr 22, 2013
Ray Pinpillage wrote:
Cause you're the cheapest person on the internet?


cause if you climb all the time youll actually wear out your ropes pretty fast ;)

virtually ropes last foh-ev-ahhhh =P
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
2,153 points
Apr 22, 2013
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Yeah, that blows. I had a rope get core shot once, but it was from letting people toprope with it over an edge. They found the sweet spot where it was super sharp and that was that. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,508 points
Apr 23, 2013
recent petzl 9.8 rope lasted about 3 months of 2 day/week climbing notmyname
From Stony Brook, NY
Joined Apr 9, 2007
125 points
Apr 23, 2013
I've been quite happy with my New England Glider 9.9. It isn't a skinny rope, but it has taken a beating over the last 16 months and looks brand new.

In truth, I did coreshot it earlier this month, but that was due to user error, I don't think any rope would have survived the edge it got pulled over when I fell. The 50 remaining meters are in great shape.
Ryan Hill
From Oakland, CA
Joined Dec 8, 2009
48 points
Apr 23, 2013
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Dylan Weldin,

that DEAL that you got was a fuking BEAUTY!

Where the hell did you find that one?

Wow!

Superb find!
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,394 points
Apr 23, 2013
blah
I have been digging my bluewater 9.4 but it was made in 2011 according to the sticker so it might be outside this current batch of Nylon. I have also had great experiences with my Beal rope 9.8 Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Joined Dec 19, 2011
46 points
Administrator
Apr 23, 2013
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
IMO it's Sterling... I've blown through two 9.8 velocities on the first day using each of them, massive core shots. One rapping to clean, the other a hold broke 15 ft up and the hold landed on the rope and cut halfway though sheath and core. Morgan Patterson
Joined Oct 13, 2009
8,422 points
Administrator
Apr 23, 2013
Artist Tears P3
I've done the same with Mammut ropes. Core shots in the first day of use, usually rapping or jugging. Using edge protectors is a good idea. John McNamee
From Littleton, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2002
1,918 points
Apr 23, 2013
Bouldering in Morocco.
I bought a sterling nano last year for a route in the desert that required double ropes for rap. I used my bw dominator 9.4 and the brand new sterling nano.

When I rapped to the ground, I noticed the flipping nano sheath had been cut to the core, and the dominator was pristine. I tried to contact sterling about it, but they just ignored me and put the fault on my end.

Never buying a sterling again.
Ryan-Nelson
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Sep 22, 2010
401 points
Apr 23, 2013
Sounds like maybe some of you guys should be using thicker ropes or even static ropes.

In my mind a rope that needs retiring in a few weeks or a few routes without having undergone any trauma is not simply a badly made rope but a dangerous and defective one. I would raise all holy hell with the manufacturer if that happened to me. The ropes clearly don't live up to usual standards.

I've seen petzl ropes that were horrible but other than that haven't had any problems with ropes (and I usually buy on price not brand).

Jim
jim.dangle
Joined Jul 13, 2011
2,738 points
Apr 23, 2013
Cobra Kai
Have you tried contacting Sterling? Sometimes manufacturers will replaced when they've been worn abnormally fast.

Killing In The Name Of wrote:
I'm pretty sure my next skinny rope is going to be the Bluewater Dominator 9.4-


I've had my worst luck of all with Bluewater ropes. Blown sheaths ridiculously fast. My ropes were fatter than 9.4 though, I think 10.2. But awesome costumer service! They replaced mine.

I had a couple friends both have their Sterlings wears out super quick. They were both the same model (sorry I can't remember which one) I think 9.5 or 9.8 diameter.
Red
From Arizona
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,358 points
Apr 23, 2013
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Asking out of ignorance and curiosity.

Aren't all ropes pretty much made from the SAME materials? Why would one companies wear out faster than anothers?

Weave patterns different?




All the talk here about peoples ropes wearing out so quickly makes it appear as if there is something WRONG with the ropes.

But MANY details are not in the picture, and to be able to conclude that there is a rope problem or not doesn't seem reasonable.
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,394 points
Apr 23, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
Mammut seems to make durable ropes. Petzl ones seem pretty sucky! Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
700 points
Apr 23, 2013
black nasty
Hard to tell with ropes... One time they last forever, the next time it is a month...

Speaking about Sterling though. Our 9.8 Velocity ropes held up great to a 20pitch trad line down on the rough granite of Patagonia, and sport wanking around Chalten. Besides being a bit dirty, they look new still.
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Apr 23, 2013
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
Five routes, no falls, and a damaged core?

Contact the manufacturer: that ain't right.
teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Dec 16, 2012
636 points


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