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By Erez L
Apr 15, 2013
Hey all,

I could really use some opinions on the 10.0 Galaxy. I have someone who wants to sell me the rope brand new and am just wondering if people have had good experiences using this rope.

Hope to hear from you all soon.

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By Alex Riegelman
From Boulder, CO
Apr 15, 2013
On top of Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, UT
I got one as my first climbing rope a few years ago. I'm not in love with it. It has become my gym rope or the rope I take if I'm taking a big group of new climbers toproping. It's to stiff for me, I don't like the way it feels clipping or tying knots.

All that said, it's held me, and worn very slowly. Hope this helps.

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By Erez L
Apr 15, 2013
Interesting, thanks for the response. I'm more of a lead climber than top roper so I really value what you have said.

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By Leo Paik
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From Westminster, Colorado
Apr 15, 2013
FWIW, I did not find the sheath tolerated abuse as well as a number of other ropes I've had (Blue Water, Edelrid, Edelweiss, NE Ropes, PMI).

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By Derrick W
From Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 15, 2013
I have a Galaxy Duodess 10.1. I'm not in love with it either. It gets dirty extremely easily, even though I'm careful to minimize the contact it has with dirt. I've only had it for about a year and I've washed it 3-4 times. I agree with the previous posted in that it feels stiff and I doesn't tie knots well. Those are the negatives.

The up side is that it has worn slowly and seems like a real workhorse. I expect it to last a good while longer.

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By john strand
From southern colo
Apr 15, 2013
i have owned galaxy 10mm since they came out (late '80s) and they are IMO the best rope of this size..

I have only used Mammut for nearly 30 years 10mm and 10.5 Flash.. you get what you pay for.

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By Howard Snell
From Belen, New Mexico
Apr 15, 2013
I use a Galaxy Duodess as my primary 60m. It could be nicer if the duodess pattern shift was more distinct, but other than that I'm completely happy with it.

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By Erez L
Apr 15, 2013
Thanks all, I'm still torn between the good and bad reviews.

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By NYClimber
From New York
Apr 15, 2013
Awesome slab climb right out of the water! Rogers Rock, Lake George, NY. Summer 2013.
I have a Mammut Eiger rope and I love it. It is my 2nd one. Love everything about it and found nothing about Mammut ropes that I don't like! It's all I really want to buy honestly - tho there are a lot of good rope makers out there these days - it just depends on who you talk to!

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By S. Neoh
Apr 15, 2013
Galaxy 10.0 is the best wearing rope I have ever owned. Never got fuzzy on me. I retired it due to age, not wear. And yes, it does get stiffer with age but not for a few years.

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By Alan Ream
From Lafayette CO
Apr 15, 2013
Breakfast of Champion slacker climbers.
The Galaxy is a great rope- I have had at least five over the years- a bit stiff and cable like but I like that in a rope- I did all my best rope solos with that rope- Perhaps a bit heavy and thick by today's standards but I would buy another without hesitation.

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By Erez L
Apr 15, 2013
Great to hear guys. So long as I have no problem tying my retraced bowline and leading with the rope I will be a happy climber.

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By bearbreeder
Apr 15, 2013
It gets stiff eventually ... The sheath wears well

If yr using an assisted locking device or use yr guide/reverso alot in autoblock i recommend sonething mire supple

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By Peter Hurtgen
From Fort Collins, CO
Apr 15, 2013
at the rap from yellow spur
I have the mammut tusk and I really like it. It's pretty much the same rope just thinner. It does get dirty easily but my theory on this is it wears my metal faster so it gets dirty quicker. I have kept it really clean so dirty really has not made it dirty. The real reason why a rope get dirty is because the sand/dirt/stiff burly rope wears your metal and the metal stays on your rope, then anodizes and turns black. Mammut is an amazing rope! Get it!

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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr 15, 2013
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
There must have been a change in the production of this rope.

I have a Mammut Galaxy from 1999 or 2000 or so. It is the most supple, beautiful handling rope I've ever used. In no universe would I call it stiff.

I love it. I still lead in it sometimes, even though it is past its prime.

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By Erez L
Apr 16, 2013
Yea I would be using a cinch as my assisted locking device.

Its nuts how mixed the reviews have been.

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By KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Apr 16, 2013
Me at the summit of Inner Course (5.4) in the Outlets.  Long, lovely, mellow route.  Well protected even.  My favorite lead from the trip.
I have a Galaxy Duodess dry 60m rope, and it has its pros and cons.

Pro: 1. Durable sheath has survived a lot of use. 2. Dry treatment still decent after several years of use on ice and rock.

Cons: 1. Nicknamed "Pigpen" - it is the dirtiest rope I own, in spite of being treated like all my others. I think that tough sheath wears biners and belay devices more than average. 2. Stiff as a 1/2" steel cable. 3. Measures only 55m, and has never been cut. Requires extra vigilance on long rappels. I don't plan to buy another.

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By todd w
Apr 16, 2013
Get it, man. Mammut ropes are some of the best out there. Galaxy 10 is my rope, and I love it. It's my second Mammut.

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By Rajiv Ayyangar
From Portland, ME
Apr 18, 2013
Cut! Sadly my flash attempt met with dismal pump-failure two bolts later.
This was my first rope (70m) and it's still going strong 4 years later, partly because it's stiff, burly, and durable, and partly because I don't use it anymore (except for the odd ice or trad day).

For serious sport climbing, 10.0 is simply too thick to belay effectively on a grigri, especially when the rope is as stiff as the galaxy. I've tied a double bowline with this, and I'm sure it was safe, but it always seemed like I couldn't cinch the knot down tightly enough - I generally went with a fig-8. For sport, I like the Mammut 9.5 Infinity and the sterling 9.8 velocity and 9.2 nano.

That said, it has a lot to recommend it. Mainly in the durability and burliness category. Anytime I'm worried about rope abrasion or wet conditions or just need extra safety confidence, it's nice to know I still have it.

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By NYClimber
From New York
Apr 18, 2013
Awesome slab climb right out of the water! Rogers Rock, Lake George, NY. Summer 2013.
Gee Kathy - that's odd. Mine is quite supple. I love mine!

I guess it comes down to each individual user honestly. My partner that I climbed with just yesterday has a Petzl rope and despite what I have read here on about them - his is well over 1 yr old, gets used at least 3x per week, looks great, is a 10.? mm, is supple and easy to knot and untie as well and we see no sheath damage or separating as others report - despite many falls he has taken on it doing both Trad and Sport climbs. I dunno, I think his Petzl is as nice as my Mammutt!

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