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Petzl 9.8mm Contact Blue
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9.8mm Contact 70m



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Versatile rope for climbers looking to progress:
- balance between weight, durability and handling of the rope
- diameter offers maximum versatility and an introduction to thinner ropes
Greater longevity and ease of use:
- UltraSonic Finish: the core and the sheath are bonded together at the rope ends by an ultrasonic process called UltraSonic Finish; gives greater durability and avoids frayed ends
- ClimbReady coil: specific coil makes the rope ready for use; helps the user avoid initial uncoiling mistakes and increases longevity
More effective belaying:
- diameter facilitates belay device usage
- Middle Mark: indicates the middle of the rope to facilitate maneuvers
- EverFlex treatment: special thermal treatment stabilizes the core strands and improves consistency; offers excellent grip and consistent handling over time

Retail price

US$ 239.95

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Weight 60.0 g/m
9.259 lbs / 4200 g
Diameter (millimeters) 9.8 mm
Length (meters) 70 m
Rope Type Single 
UIAA Falls (Single / Half / Twin) 7 falls  /  -  /  -
Dynamic Elongation (Single / Half / Twin) 35.0 % / - / -
Static Elongation (Single / Half / Twin) 9.0 % / - / -
Impact Force (Single / Half / Twin) 8.40 kN / - / -
Dry Treatment None­
Sheath Proportion (%) 41.0 %
Sheath Slippage (mm) ­
Type of Middle Mark Marking
Rope End Marker None
Certification CE, EN, UIAA
Petzl Dynamic Ropes

A long but informative video, talks about all the features of Petzl Dynamic ropes in details.

Making a Backpack Coil
Watch a tour of Petzl's facilities as they explain all the testing involved

Warning: This video is dubbed in English. If you're getting antsy, skip to section 7:40-8:15 for one of the most interesting parts, where they show a hardware specific camera inspection.

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Blister Gear Review no rating given just a review

The new Petzl Contact 9.8 is a smooth handling and durable workhorse rope for everyday use on everything from top-roping to redpoint attempts.

There are better specialty ropes out there—both on the thicker and thinner ends of the spectrum—but the Petzl Contact 9.8 walks a nice line, providing much of the durability of a thicker rope along with the smooth handling of a thinner line.

Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

With a complete overhaul of their rope line, Petzl is focusing on striking a perfect balance between durability, minimal weight, and overall feel, and the Contact is right on the money. Testers found this rope “unusually resistant” to the rope-ruining sand and dirt of the Moab and Indian Creek desert areas, and one said, “My ropes usually get absolutely wrecked in the desert, but after a full week of towers, cracks, and bolt-clipping, the Contact still looked like new.” That’s thanks to the DuraTec dry treatment, which not only protects the cord from absorbing water, but it also repels dirt, which can be the real rope killer. Our testers climbed on it for five months; it never kinked or coiled, and “it might as well have just come out of the package.” A great feature we never got to test: UltraSonic Finish welds the core and the sheath together at the rope ends only, to prevent
fraying in the spot where it’s most common. A super-great feature we did get to test: ClimbReady Coil means the rope is coiled and ready to go in the packaging. Open it, flake it, and climb—no more new-rope excitement cut short by annoying tangled messes.

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.