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By DuncanKL
Jul 9, 2013

I hate to complicate things, but I hate my Mammut Tusk 9.8. It's very stiff even after a good deal of use, and is phenomenally effective at picking up dirt (or anodizing, or something... at any rate, it's not pretty any more). I think Petzl ropes handle the best, but I wish they would make a bi-weave.


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By Chris G.
From San Diego, CA
Jul 9, 2013
The Gallery, Red Rocks

commiebob wrote:
I'm a big fan of the Mammut Tusk 9.8mm It comes in a 70m too! www.rei.com/product/799208


+2


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By Jeff G.
From Fort Collins
Jul 9, 2013
Nearing the end of Thank God Ledge.

I don't think it matters too much. I buy whatever is on sale and has the specifications that I'm looking for. In 35 years of climbing I've had lots of really good ropes and only a few that I didn't like. Maybe I just don't pay enough attention.


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By Jason Blevins
From Burlington, NC
Jul 11, 2013
Me at Linville Gorge!!!

redlude97 wrote:
Another +1 for the Infinity. I have one of Mammut's newer Climax 9.6 that I use for cragging that is also very nice if you want a cheap budget skinny. Got is for $120 on sale a while back


sounds good, but one place I I'll spend money is on my ropes. I buy my ropes, directly from the manufactuer...not from websites or stores, where you never know what's happed to them! But, you can find them on sale from the manufactuer, like at the end of the year. Does Petel make their own ropes, anyone know? I'm a Bluewter Man, but father has a 10.1 Petel!


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By Mark Lewis
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 11, 2013

What are you afraid of retail stores 'doing' to their ropes?


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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Jul 11, 2013
Cleo's Needle

Mark Lewis wrote:
What are you afraid of retail stores 'doing' to their ropes?


Jumper cables, brah!


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By Tom-onator
From This Galaxy
Jul 11, 2013
Tom-onator

Mark Lewis wrote:
What are you afraid of retail stores 'doing' to their ropes?


Highly classified covert ops have proven that sneaky retailers will sabotage new climbing ropes to force you to come back and buy a new one!

I found this information on the underside of my foil helmet.


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By Jason Blevins
From Burlington, NC
Jul 29, 2013
Me at Linville Gorge!!!

SeaJellie wrote:
Closely related to the how small is too small topic.. I'm in the market for a new rope, skinnier than I've used in decades past. Mostly I plan to use it for multipitch trad routes; I'll still use some stout ropes for cragging and sport. Am thinking that 9.4 to 9.9mm and 60 or 70m length is the target. 70m would be great, but I don't see a lot of choice at that length and size. Price not an issue. Not because I'm rich, because I don't get to climb much anymore so I compensate by giving myself better toys. :-)


Ropes are the important part of a climbing rack(gear used)...I alot of people have different opinions, but do your research 1st! Comments from climber may vary and can be good or bad advice! Because there are people that write not knowing what about things!!! I Only buy what the military buys/uses and the company that 1st developed the Dynamic Rope and does cut any corners in making their ropes(like they dip, their rope to achive a double dry rope...which means that the Dry solution coats the Core and the Sheath of the rope)! The company is over 50years old abd Family Owned and Operated, Bluewater Ropes!!!(so NO made in china or cheap labor or material, which many companies don't even make their own ropes, they have another company or place make it!) I talk with Dick the owner/designer of the Dynamic Rope(probably the formost Expert on Climbing Ropes, for several ropes and learned so much about Ropes, Useage, Storage, Cleaning, What they can handle, Difference between them and SO much more!!! He did try to sell me a rope just shared some of his vast knowledge! I aready had 2 10 yr old Bluewater 10.5 60m Accelorators...That are in EXCELLENT Shape and have been the toughtest ropes(and I use for everything climbing) I have seen in my 20+ yrs climbing! I just bought another Bluewater 9.4 Dominator 70m for leading/long routes, think I will be happy with it! But my Advice is do your own research and feel comfortable, on your new rope!!! Also buy Ropes New, Directly from Company(know what your getting!!! Bluewater sells their's on Bluewaterropes.com and BMOrescue.com Direct from production!!! Other rope companies I think are pretty good are New England Ropes, Sterling(altest they use to) and maybe Beal- have not heard alot about them....then I think you step down to other companies that don't specialize in ropes...like Mammoth, Petzel(not too bad), and other companies! It sounds like you know what you want/need 9.1-10.1, all depends on if you want extra rope life for rope weight! Reasearch, Buy New, From Repuitable company or Direct for company is best, it's your life! BMOrescue is a Direct Bluewater Dealer they have some sales on new ropes online- bmorescue.com Good Luck and Take care of your new rope it will take care of you ;) (tips- don't step on it on ground, wash in cold water by hand or a Tumble Stainless Steel Washer Cold, Gentle with Rope Wash, Only Hang Dry- Not in Sun and take a pole put between 2 chairs/tables and run rope over pole and spread out let it hang down! Oh and No Sharp Edges,if you can help! Enjoy Climbing and your rope :) I hoping to find a multipitch climbing partner, I will lead or follow...just tired of top-roping!!! Peace


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By Nodin deSaillan
From Boulder
Jul 29, 2013
another day in RMNP

Red wrote:
Mammut Infinity 9.5 - 70m Love it.


+1 - go for the duodess, you will not be disappointed.


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By Jeremy Hand
Jul 29, 2013
slopey

BLUEWATER LIGHTENING PRO


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By Emmett Lyman
From Washington, DC
Aug 5, 2013
Personal photo

I generally like my 9.8mm Petzl Nomad, but it really disappointed as a dry rope. First day of use was in January - right out of the plastic and onto the ice it froze solid. I replaced my cheap 4-yr old NE Equinox so I wouldn't have to deal with this anymore, so a definite disappointment. But otherwise it's got a good feel and 9.8 is a good compromise between thin/light and burly.


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By redlude97
Aug 5, 2013

Jason Blevins wrote:
Ropes are the important part of a climbing rack(gear used)...I alot of people have different opinions, but do your research 1st! Comments from climber may vary and can be good or bad advice! Because there are people that write not knowing what about things!!! I Only buy what the military buys/uses and the company that 1st developed the Dynamic Rope and does cut any corners in making their ropes(like they dip, their rope to achive a double dry rope...which means that the Dry solution coats the Core and the Sheath of the rope)! The company is over 50years old abd Family Owned and Operated, Bluewater Ropes!!!(so NO made in china or cheap labor or material, which many companies don't even make their own ropes, they have another company or place make it!) I talk with Dick the owner/designer of the Dynamic Rope(probably the formost Expert on Climbing Ropes, for several ropes and learned so much about Ropes, Useage, Storage, Cleaning, What they can handle, Difference between them and SO much more!!! He did try to sell me a rope just shared some of his vast knowledge! I aready had 2 10 yr old Bluewater 10.5 60m Accelorators...That are in EXCELLENT Shape and have been the toughtest ropes(and I use for everything climbing) I have seen in my 20+ yrs climbing! I just bought another Bluewater 9.4 Dominator 70m for leading/long routes, think I will be happy with it! But my Advice is do your own research and feel comfortable, on your new rope!!! Also buy Ropes New, Directly from Company(know what your getting!!! Bluewater sells their's on Bluewaterropes.com and BMOrescue.com Direct from production!!! Other rope companies I think are pretty good are New England Ropes, Sterling(altest they use to) and maybe Beal- have not heard alot about them....then I think you step down to other companies that don't specialize in ropes...like Mammoth, Petzel(not too bad), and other companies! It sounds like you know what you want/need 9.1-10.1, all depends on if you want extra rope life for rope weight! Reasearch, Buy New, From Repuitable company or Direct for company is best, it's your life! BMOrescue is a Direct Bluewater Dealer they have some sales on new ropes online- bmorescue.com Good Luck and Take care of your new rope it will take care of you ;) (tips- don't step on it on ground, wash in cold water by hand or a Tumble Stainless Steel Washer Cold, Gentle with Rope Wash, Only Hang Dry- Not in Sun and take a pole put between 2 chairs/tables and run rope over pole and spread out let it hang down! Oh and No Sharp Edges,if you can help! Enjoy Climbing and your rope :) I hoping to find a multipitch climbing partner, I will lead or follow...just tired of top-roping!!! Peace

You would think someone who is so gung ho about a made in America rope would have a better grasp of the English language...


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By Dylan B.
Aug 5, 2013
Orgasm Direct, Devil's Lake, 5.11a  c. 2008

I hate my Edelrid Boa, 9.8mm, but that's probably just because it's been on some bad luck climbs.


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By Stealthy
Aug 6, 2013

MAXIM PINNACLE BI-PATTERN 2XDRY! USA, great handling and durability.

New England Ropes makes an amazing product here in the states.


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