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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rope, handles well. I bought this rope a couple weeks ago, and used it for two days of projecting at Smith Rock this week. It handled really well, extremely smooth both belaying and clipping. Weight felt good, and it had no coils or kinks pretty much straight out of the box. We used it on a variety of routes and projects, and whipped all over it, including multiple 20'+ foot whips, and one whip over the edge of a roof that I wasn't too excited about, but there was no damage to the rope at all. Catches felt soft, but not so soft that it made the fall feel longer (that being said, the falls were long anyway... it was Smith Rock...). My rope prior to this was a Maxim Glider 9.4, and the new BD rope handles much the same, and is a little less expensive if I remember right. I'd totally recommend it after this trip.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Rope I've Used I grabbed this rope a few weeks ago and have used it countless times since then, taking falls, dragging it over edges, just doing some character building and this rope has held up marvelously, no fraying, still has that neon shine to it, and feels like it was just taken out of the box. Not only is it durable, it feels amazing clipping, tying in, and belaying. Just a great light weight, smooth rope all together.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good handle, impressive strength Purchased at the tail end of the ice climbing season here in the northeast. I've now used the rope in a wide variety of terrain; ice, canyon routes at Red Rocks and cragging in the Gunks. The dry coating performed impressively in wet late season ice, defending from moisture as well or better than any rope I've owned. The rope seems plump for 9.6 but has a fine handle and draws through an ATC Guide smoothly. It is a generous 60m, easily making raps which have been close with other lines. The sheath has held up well to the variety of abuses I've put it through these last couple of months including the particularly abrasive conditions of desert climbing and guiding here in the Gunks which has included me lowering clients a bunch from the top of climbs. The cord is slightly heavier than other similarly sized ropes but in exchange has an impressive UIAA fall rating of 9. It is a work horse.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A work in progress I will update this review as time goes on. 7/25: A few months in now, and the rope gathered dirt and dust faster than I expected. Admittedly, it has been used in some pretty dirty, dusty places. It has a few nicks in the sheath, which is to be expected, as it has taken a few falls including one 20'+. The middle mark has already worn to the point of being nearly unrecognizable. It is mostly used for lead climbing and top roping single pitch, but it has also been used on alpine granite. It is also thicker than I expected a 9.6 to be; that is, noticeably thicker than my previous Mammut Infinity. It handles well, came out of the box without kinks, and otherwise serves all the functions of a workhorse rope.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rope from a great company! This rope is everything you would expect it to be from a company as reputable as black diamond. The sheath on this rope feels so solid and durable compared to other ropes I have owned and worked with. It feeds smoothly through all belay devices, catches softly and does everything it is supposed to. One of my climbing partners got the Orange version of this rope and we agreed, both the full dry and the untreated rope are both awesome! Good job black diamond!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome rope! This rope handles very nicely, has great knotting ability and looks awesome to boot! I've had very few issues with rope twist upon initial use which is sometimes an issue with new ropes. This one seems to be the Mama Bear (just right) of durable ropes for your local crag. It is actually more like a 9.8, but the weight is very competitive. Overall I love everything about it.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smooth yet too fat I have used this rope for the past few weeks mostly multipitch climbing. I don't enjoy using ropes that are too skinny so I often go middle of the road with 9.5. This seemed like the right fit. Being a new rope on the market I had to get it without seeing it and unfortunately the 9.6 is more like a 10.2! Way too fat and heavy for most of my needs!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Rope So far so good. The tight, smooth sheath feels great in the hand and seems to run over rock with very little friction. I've only had this rope for 3 months, and I have abused it pretty heavily. So far it's showing very minimal signs of wear. I am certainly happy with my purchase! Recommend it to anyone in need of a new rope.
Date published: 2017-06-03
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