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

10.2mm Evolution VR10 60m



My vote: None ( 4 avg )


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 ­

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( 4 avg )
( 4 avg )

Basic, But It Holds Up

Nice Catch
Feels Good, Ties Well
Very Basic
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.

The UIAA equipment standard provides a baseline for equipment performance in a test lab under controlled conditions on new equipment. Although these test conditions are relevant to the conditions encountered climbing, conditions encountered at the crags and the condition of the equipment are equally important. This recommendation from the UIAA member federation The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) provides vital equipment information that is NOT explicitly addressed in the standard, particularly failure modes of the equipment and recommendations for the use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement of equipment.