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Apr 13, 2013
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Just bought a cheapo non-dry rope from the local grunge, i mean "gear" store. I was thinking about try to use some of the nikwax waterproofer to make it a dry rope. I think that just washing the rope with a couple bottles of the stuff will work. Thoughts? Dan Dalton
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 22, 2006
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Apr 13, 2013
Nikwax makes rope specific waterproof, I certainly wouldn't use anything but that, and I can't speak to how well it works. S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
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Apr 13, 2013
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I doubt that most people even need a "Dry" rope. Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
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Apr 13, 2013
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From Durango, CO
Joined Sep 30, 2012
348 points
Apr 13, 2013
A lot of the dry ropes out there also have coating applied to the inside yarns as well. That being said Locker is right, most people don't NEED a dry treated rope. NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Joined Oct 6, 2011
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Apr 13, 2013
FYI I have a friend that used the Nikwax rope wash and he described the result as undesirable. He said the feel of the rope had changed significantly and that the rope was "squeaky" running through belay devices, biners, etc.

I have always used the Sterling rope wash and it works fine, although I maybe wash a rope once in it's lifetime. And this doesn't make your rope "dry" just clean.

I bet Nikwax Techwash would be fine on ropes as it is basically a very mild detergent (again just cleans, doesn't waterproof). Using something like TX-Direct would make your rope sticky as shit.
Mitch Musci
From Estes Park, CO
Joined Apr 8, 2002
768 points
Apr 13, 2013
More like Nikwax + rope = Blowing cash out the window. Dry coatings are a joke. They have zero lifespan on rock (2-4 weeks with heavy use). Dont waste your money. 20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
796 points
Apr 17, 2013
+1 on not liking the Nikwax dry treatment.
I tried it on an Edelweiss dry rope that had lost it's dryness and now it is very sticky going through my belay device, which is a wide one even ( Trango Jaws ) So bad I'll have to retire it.
I'll never do that again.
David Pneuman
From Western, CO
Joined Oct 6, 2006
14 points
Apr 17, 2013
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Natural soap flakes from the grocery store will do the same as Nikwax Techwash at a quarter of the price. That said, I only use it on my waterproofs and soft shells, and never wash my rope in anything but cold water.

As for waterproofing your rope: Waste of time and money. If you REALLY need a dry rope, just buy one. Use it when you need it, use your other rope for everything else.
Ryan Williams
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