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Interestingly, not all ropes are cut exactly to length. Since ropes shrink slightly over time (as the fibers tighten) some brands cut a bit more, which could increase the overall weight.
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Generally speaking, the thicker the rope, the less likely it is to be cut on a sharp edge
Really only used in gyms or by rescue teams and other more professional uses.
Just two years ago, in the US, this was THE go-to standard for a climbers first rope. It would be very rare to hear suggestions to go smaller. Today, many climbers still choose it as the most durable option, especially when a lot of top-roping is involved. This “fatter” style rope also works slower in most belay devices which also makes it easier to control.
This is becoming the new standard for a workhorse rope. Manufacturers often market this size as great for projecting. It is quite a bit smaller than standard gym ropes, so it may feel slipperier to handle. If this is your first rope, take extra caution during first few uses.
This skinny diameter is beneficial for easily passing through bolts and protection. The rope itself is also much lighter (particularly noticeable on 70/80m ropes) and these reasons combine to make it an ideal “final send” rope size.
Here, you’re really getting into specialty ropes. These thinner diameter ropes are often in the pursuit to move light in fast. This range is not ideal for new climbers as these ropes are much harder to handle with their small diameter. They also have significantly higher elongation rates.
Rope diameter certifications have a tolerance of +/- .3 mm. This means there could be over half a cm of difference between two ropes of the same size. And can explain why some 9.8’s can feel as thick as a 10.2 and while other 9.8’s can feel particularly skinny.
49 m and under is considered short. Reasons to use:
The old standard. This length was popular when Fred Beckey was putting up first ascents. Now, it’s mostly reserved for twin/half ropes, where you’re climbing with two ropes - like many ice climbers use. Using two ropes on rappel makes up for the shorter overall length.
50m single ropes could also be used indoors, or at short crags like Reimers Ranch, TX or UK Gritstone. It would not be advised to buy a 50 m single rope for multi-pitch climbs (you would not hit the rappel stations, especially at Red Rocks, NV).
The standard and most common rope length. This length will get you up and down the majority of climbs in the US.
70 m is a lot heavier than 60 m, so if you’re not planning to climb in tall wall areas, a 60 m rope is plenty and will save you lots of work pulling up all the slack to find the middle. Not to mention the extra $$ saved.
Uncommon for the average US climber. This length can be helpful if you climb on overhanging terrain on very tall walls like in Spain.
Generally, this length comes on spools. Climbers who like to cut ropes to their own length may get this size. Very few climbers will ever use/need 90m as a single rope.
By far, the most common type of rope. Great for indoors and out. In the US, it is the most common sport and big wall and are also used for trad cragging. The handling is simple and the diameter options are quite varied.
The best cure for a meandering route, only one of the ropes will clip into each piece of protection so a mindful climber can can reduce rope drag considerably. You can also rappel twice the distance, it’s easier to safely protect traverse pitches and there is a smaller chance that both ropes would become damaged (by rockfall, crampons, etc).
Both ropes must be clipped through each piece of protection. This is the lightest style of (two) ropes. They excel for rappels, going twice the distance vs a single rope, but do not have the ability to mitigate rope drag even though there are two ropes.
It is unlikely both ropes will be damaged at once, and is why many alpine, ice and mixed climbers choose twin and/or half ropes.
Dry treatments don’t mean water proof, they’re more water resistant. No matter the level of coating, your rope will still get damp/wet when exposed to the elements. What will change is how wet.
Non-dry ropes can be used in wet conditions, but they will be harder to manage (as the rope swells full of water), will freeze faster, and will be miserable to belay/rappel with.
Pros: Dy treatment helps keep your rope dry in wet conditions, and it also can increase a ropes life by making sure other crud (sand, dirt, etc) can’t get in either. And, with the slick (literally) treatment, it will help your rope slide over sharp edges and reduce the amount of agitation to the rope.
Cons: Can easily cost $50 more.
~46% water absorption
This is the cheapest option. If you don’t climb in wet areas or sandy areas, this makes for a great way to save money. Perfect for gym lead ropes.
~36% water absorption
When only the sheath is treated. Some climbers report better handling on dry treated ropes; it feels smoother with the Teflon™ like dry coating. The treatment will also reduce rope abrasion.
Often less than 5% less water absorption (the UIAA dry test standard) -- 1-15%
If you often head into cold, damp, wet and snowy conditions, this is the rope for you. Treating the sheath and the core is the only way ropes will pass the UIAA Dry test .
A moist rope decreases its ability to absorb impact so the less water the rope absorbs in wet and/or wintery conditions, the better. Dry treatment will wear off over time; f you are a climber who uses your rope in wet conditions, it would be ideal to only use the rope in wet times and not to “waste” the dry treatment on rock.
No data available for water absorption levels
This treatment increases durability as it protects against water and dirt from the inner fibers.
We currently don’t list the UIAA Dry standardization as a filter option because the standard can be very misleading.
You can read more about the UIAA Dry standard on the WeighMyRack Blog, and see more info about the water absorption percentages listed above.
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