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Best Use Climbing
Rope Style Dynamic
Rope Type Single Rope
Rope Length (m)
9.6 MM X 60 M
9.6 mm X 70 m
Rope Diameter (mm) 9.6
Impact Force 8.2 kilonewtons
Dynamic Elongation 34 percent
Static Elongation 7 percent
UIAA Falls 7
Dry Treatment Non-dry
9.6 MM X 60 M
8 lbs. 3.22 oz.
9.6 mm X 70 m
9 lbs. 9 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, a rope I really love to use. This rope is a total gem right out of the package. The feel is beautiful and the action is smooth in an ATC as well as a mechanical belay device. I took a 20' fall working a new route on a desert tower in Sedona; soft catch with no sheath trauma. After the fall the rope stayed supple at the working end. Knots are easy to tie and stay secure throughout use. I am so happy I bought it.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful hand, thick yet supple sheath I had the chance to work with a friends new 9.6, and it comes off as a bit of a marvel. So, it feels burly for a 9.6 - and if you check the numbers, the dry 9.6 is 65 g/m to the 9.9's 64 g/m and has 3 more factor falls than the 9.9!! (By the way BD, you guys have so many crazy names for jackets and layers, you nailed it on the rope names. Thanks - so simple, so good!) I only used the rope a couple days, so I'll have to report back on endurance, but the rope didn't blacken my hands. I know some people say the dry treatment will do that, but in my mind it's residue from aluminum belay pieces that gets on the rope. Do you know, BD? Bottom-line, I plan to make this my next rope, it really impressed me.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good rope; dirties easy Rope performs well; Good elongation and feels nice in the hands. I take great care of ropes and I don't enjoy black hands after a belay at all.. this rope turned black REAL FAST (after one week in Slade) and now tarnishes my hands each belay.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Rope, questionable middle mark Bought this rope sight unseen so was relieved that I like it. I have only used it for a few days but I'm super happy with the way it performs. Has a great hand/feel/whatever you call it when you're clipping gear and runs through an ATC nicely. The overall rope weight and bulk is nice and low - enjoying the 0.2 reduction in diameter from my last rope. My only criticism is regarding the middle mark. Fresh out of the pack it was a bright black section a few inches long and I was excited at how obvious it was. Unfortunately after only a couple of days it has rubbed off so that it is a dull black mark which is still sufficiently obvious but the black marker is slowly being spread along the rope. Time will tell but it looks like my middle mark may end up being a couple of feet long. Overall tho, it's a great rope and I'm happy with it.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, but not entirely impervious Unless you aspire to be the next great free soloist, climbers need a solid, durable and trusty rope. After all, it is ultimately what saves the vertically inclined from themselves. I was super stoked to see Black Diamond release a slew of beautifully colored ropes in a variety of diameters and lengths each appropriate for a multitude of niche endeavors. As I was in the market for a new rope, I opted for BD's new 70m 9.6 in orange. Though a lover of all things green (except gang green), I am admittedly a fair-weather-climber, and so went with the untreated orange version. Right out of the package this rope is akin to a supple leopard - ready for serious action. It flaked perfectly onto my tarp and let me and my buddies take its maiden voyage in Joshua Tree to new heights. This rope feels soft, smooth and burly all at the same time, and has just the right amount of stretch to make for an even softer catch - lots of catches. I was particularly excited by BD's endurance sheath on this 70 meters of 9.6 magic. After retiring my soft Petzl Xion strictly to gym use, I was eager to get something a little tougher and more able to thwart J Tree's attempts to shred my gear. Sadly, and as depicted in the below images, one full day of climbing on the cheese grater rock of J Tree did lead to a bit of fraying of BD's endurance sheath. While the fraying is minimal, I remain a bit bummed at the outcome - kinda how Cameron felt after he, Sloan and Ferris accidentally tossed his dad's Ferrari into the woods after attempting to reset the speedometer. Okay, not really THAT bad, but you get the idea. All-in-all, I'm super happy with this rope. Also, I want to send a shout out to BD's design crew for color coordinating all their newest gear - so nice!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Handling Rope I love this rope. It is the perfect balance between durability and weight. The 9.6 is the perfect diameter for an easy feeding through the belay device. I have been using this rope for sport climbing, top roping and trad climbing. It has been my general purpose work horse and is holding up great!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BD finally makes ropes...and they're great! After a while on this rope, I can say I'm a huge fan. It feels stiff yet provides a nice soft catch. Great middle marker is very easy to find
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good Out of the packaging I was a little taken back by how stiff the rope was. Definitely not as supple as 90% of other ropes I've used. Hopefully that will lead to greater longevity but so far hasn't affected performance. One thing I did notice is that the rope got glazed on literally the second pitch we did. One half of the diameter is now black with a slight melted look, and the other half is orange. This is throughout most of the length of the rope and isnt limited to just the ends. This usually happens to all my ropes eventually but not on the second pitch out of the wrapping. Regardless, the performance again hasn't been affected by this, minimal fraying but still really stiff after probably 15 days on rock and 3 on ice. It's already held many 15-25 foot falls and is doing ok. The real test will be to see how this thing is doing in a year. Some people complain about the middle mark, but I've never had a dyed middle mark that was visible after a few months anyway so it doesn't matter to me. But yea, this one has all but dissapeared when the rope is dirty. Overall, so far so good. Just a little stiff for my liking, but if that results in greater rope life I'm all for it!
Date published: 2017-01-22
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