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Sterling 10.2mm Evolution VR10
  • Sterling 10.2mm Evolution VR10
  • Sterling 10.2mm Evolution VR10

10.2mm Evolution VR10 60m

Sterling

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Description

Just getting into the sport or steadily moving through the ranks, the VR-10’s durable construction, beefy core and 10.2 diameter make this price point rope an easy choice. Ideal for anyone from entry-level climbers, occasional climbers or weekend warriors.

Retail price

US$ 149.95

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Weight 67.0 g/m
8.862 lbs / 4020 g
Diameter (millimeters) 10.2 mm
Length (meters) 60 m
Rope Type Single 
UIAA Falls (Single / Half / Twin) ­8  / 00
Dynamic Elongation (Single / Half / Twin) 31.1 % / 0.0 % / 0.0 %
Static Elongation (Single / Half / Twin) 7.6 % / 0.0 % / 0.0 %
Impact Force (Single / Half / Twin) 8.80 kN / 0.00 kN / 0.00 kN
Dry Treatment Core­
Sheath Proportion (%) 33.0 %
Sheath Slippage (mm) ­
Rope End Marker None
Certification ­
None

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AVG RATING
4.02
( 4 avg )
Rating
4.02
( 4 avg )

Basic, But It Holds Up

Pros
Affordable
Durable
Nice Catch
Feels Good, Ties Well
Cons
Very Basic
Familiarity
I’ve used it a ton

This was my first rope, and I have used it extensively around the country. It has proved it's worth, but it is really a "first rope" product.

I have loved using this rope while learning to lead climb. It is a workhorse rope. This allowed me to top rope off of it when a friend would lead something above my level, and we didn't need to worry about extra wear on a thin rope. It also feels very sturdy, and as a new leader, that extra millimeter of confidence makes a difference in your headspace.
 

However, it is a new climber's rope. This is a good rope, manufactured to be affordable and provide an economically sound, and very safe, introduction to climbing. There is no middle marker. There is no dry treatment. I got a 60 meter. All of this, because I only needed it for relatively short single pitch climbing. It wasn't done in poor weather (usually), and it wasn't being used for multipitch. Since starting climbing, I have moved on to multipitch, and I do find myself climbing even under the threat of rain. Because of this, I now need a 70 meter, bi-color, dry treated rope. That said, a new climber does not need that rope. I have taken this up a multipitch trad route in Yosemite, and it performed well, because I knew it would be long enough. I still love this rope for runs up a sport climb or a short trad climb in Joshua tree. It is the only rope I don't feel bad rigging for a long session of top roping for new climbers my wife and I take outside. If you outgrow the rope before you wear it out, it will continue to serve you well. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Bottom line, I recommend this rope to anyone looking to buy a first rope as a new climber, or for a passionate young climber you love taking to the gym (Thanks go out to my mom and dad for supporting me when our climbing gym was 35 minutes away and I wanted to go all the time). It will make a great rug when retired too. Or clothes line.