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In grams, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
The full retail price in US dollars as stated by the brand/manufacturer/US distributer.
With non-US products, we have statically converted the price to US dollars.
This static conversion also means it's possible that there will be some misleading figures at times. The original price and currency will be noted on the individual product pages.
These are all brand names for “ultra high molecular weight polyethylene” and are effectively the same thing. We list them separately because some climbers state a preference (we don't).
Why choose them? Compared to nylon they have a higher strength to weight ratio, absorb less water, are more resistant to UV damage, are lighter, thinner and thus very packable, and they are also more abrasion resistant. Compared to polyester, they have a superior strength to weight ratio.
But, they don't stretch to reduce impact forces during falls, they are more expensive, have a lower melting point, and knots will slip much more.
The original sling material.
Why choose it? Compared to Dyneema / Dynex / Spectra it's cheaper, colorful (more color coding possibilities), it stretches to reduce impact forces during a fall, and it's easier to untie weighted knots.
Unfortunately, nylon is also the heaviest and bulkiest option.
Note: Dyneema/Dynex/Spectra cannot be dyed. Any colored yarn in a “Dyneema” sling is actually nylon or polyester. The materials are combined to create different ratio's of strength, weight, size, and durability. There are increasing numbers of hybrid slings that have more equal ratio's of Dyneema and nylon.
Polyester has a similar strength-to-weight ratio to nylon, but like Dyneema/Dynex/Spectra it is more UV and abrasion resistant and doesn't stretch.
Like a permanently tied prusik cord. It's more abrasion resistant and stretchy than the other options. Only Edelrid and Salewa sell this type of sling and those models are not distributed in the US.
Eco-aware climbers may prefer to check this option. Bluesign® is a fabric certification standard for environmental, health and safety in textile manufacturing (the strictest eco-label in the outdoor industry).
Basically, they ensure every component of the fabric and production process passes certain standards for ecotoxicological impact. The standard helps to reduce water and air emissions, improve waste water treatment and reduce the ecological footprint.
It's easier to find details for jackets and other wearables, but for slings, Approved Fabric means 90% of the fabric is bluesign® approved. And product means 95% of the of the fabric is bluesign® approved.
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On first glance many climbers say "these are too thin!" and question the strength. But we're here to report that these skinny slings still pass the same CE / UIAA requirements of 22kN like all the other widths. Less weight however does come at a higher price and with slightly reduced durability.
This is the most common dyneema width. These slings will still look small, especially compared to nylon. The majority of material in them is Dyneema/Spectra/Dynex with only a small amount of nylon (the colored edge). If you're willing to pay a bit more for reduced weight, this is a great range to look at.
Many of these slings have a more equal amount of nylon and Dyneema/Spectra/Dynex. This is why you see a bit more color to them (the nylon/polyester is the colored part). This width provides the best value for Dyneema/Dynex/Spectra slings.
This width covers the thinner side of nylon slings. You can still reasonably make them into alpine draws but they're even nicer for anchors. If you're looking for the cheapest alpine slings, this will be your width.
This is the most traditional width of nylon in sling form. A great width for anchors but much more cumbersome to handle as alpine draws. This category includes the few 1 inch (26 mm) slings as well.
Although there are technically over 20 different length options available, we've categorized them based on climbing standards. The product name of each sling includes the exact width and length.
Perhaps most important to note is that slings lengths are based on sling extension and not the total amount of looped material.
These can be used as longish dogbones for quickdraws or they can be a place to clip your rack to for transport, or other creative uses. They're pretty small, a 12 inch sling from 24 inches of material.
This is the most common size. The average trad climber has 6-12 on their rack (sometimes alpine climbers carry these exclusively). Sport climbers may still want a few to account for rope drag on meandering routes. These are also called shoulder slings as they're sized to fit over your shoulder.
If you’re torso is bigger/smaller than average, there are enough options available that you can size up/down. Picking this 60cm option will show you the similar sizes above and below the traditional 60 cm size meaning 24" of extension / 48" of material.
Used for meandering trad routes or slinging chockstones. A trad rack might have 2-4 double slings. These guys are 4 feet long and made from 8 feet of material. These long slings are great for slinging blocks, horns, holes, chockstones, and can work for rappel and anchor setups as well.
Climbers might own 1 or 2 of these, but that's typically the max. Often climbers will choose a prusik cord or cordelette instead as they can be untied if necessary. Triples are 6 feet long (12 feet of material) so they can loop around boulders or help build proper 3-piece anchor setups.
This is the largest size sling that is sold by more than 6 companies. These 8 foot slings (16 feet of material) can reach around large boulders and be used for building elaborate anchor setups. Once again, for this length climbers will debate a prusik / cordelette that can be tied/untied versus a sewn-sling.
Only sold by a small handful of companies, this is a lot of sling. We suggest having a specific use in mind before buying this length.
Although you can technically buy large amounts of Dyneema/Spectra/Dynex slings and cut them into smaller lengths, please be very very very careful. Dyneema/Spectra/Dynex is incredibly slippery and loses strength significantly when knotted. You'll need to tie extra long tails which will make them bulkier than sewn slings. These hazards are why you don't find spools of these skinny materials.
The list of manufacturers and brands that we have all the technical specs for.
If a brand is missing from this list, scroll to the bottom of this page to see all the unfilterable gear we track, and ideally it'll be there.
If you don't see the brand you're looking for in the unfilterable products area, definitely send us a note so we can look into it further.
We do our very best to find and display every technical spec for every piece of climbing gear in the world. But sometimes we just can’t dig up a spec or two (usually it's the official price and weight). Sadly, this means not every product is available for filtering and sorting :(
If we allowed products that are missing key specs to display in the results above, these incomplete products would need to appear no matter what filters you chose. This would make the filtered results cluttered and misleading. So instead of leaving out these incomplete products entirely, we're listing them below: