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Performance: Trango’s new line of ropes goes toe-to-toe with the best cords on the market—and the Diamond 9.4 is the shining star of the group. It handled just right: smooth clipping, easy tying and untying knots, and even feeding through every belay device we threw at it. “This diameter is the sweet spot for ropes: just skinny enough for maximum ease of use and just fat enough to be confident when I see it dragging over a sharp edge,” one discerning tester said. “The Diamond became my favorite cord that ended up riding in my pack for everything from a day of sport climbing to full-value alpine routes.” One 5.13 climber loved it for redpointing projects while a moderate traddie loved it for long routes. The weight (59 g/m) didn’t drag testers down too much on approaches; the 60-meter version comes in at about 7.8 pounds. Although it lost that new-rope shine after a few uses, another month of climbing almost every day in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons of Utah didn’t add any noticable wear. The bright color combined with a distinct middle marker made this cord rise above the rest to become a top pick.
Cons: The Diamond kinked more than the others in the test, especially on the first few pitches. But after pulling it completely through the chains and flaking on every pitch, it evened out.
Conclusion: Bolt-clippers and gear-pluggers will love this line as their go-to cord for working routes, redpointing, and long routes. If you’re looking for one high-end rope to satisfy many needs, this is it. read the full review
The Diamond is two to three grams per meter heavier than some comparable ropes, and has a somewhat stiffer hand, but the increased durability seemed worth the extra weight. I didn’t experience any unusual twisting, even when new, and the diameter seemed right on the money. (Sometimes ropes will be assigned a diameter but seem thick in the hand, especially after heavy use. If anything, the Diamond seems thinner than it’s given 9.4 mm, more like a 9 mm rope I compared it to.) read the full review
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.