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Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity
  • Sterling Evolution Velocity

9.8mm Evolution Velocity 50m



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This 9.8mm rope has it all and is our most popular of the Evolution series. Just the right amount of stiffness, so your rope doesn't flop during critical clips and its silky smooth sheath withstands abrasion and slides effortlessly to reduce rope drag. This is the rope of choice for Chris Sharma and is what he uses for working the toughest routes. The Velocity is our best selling “do it all” rope in the sub 10mm size range, great for sport, trad, steep ice, and hard mixed routes. The lightweight, durability and great handling on this rope makes it perfect for both novice climbers and experienced athletes!

Retail price

US$ 173.40

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Weight 62.0 g/m
6.834 lbs / 3100 g
Diameter (millimeters) 9.8 mm
Length (meters) 50 m
Rope Type Single­
UIAA Falls (Single / Half / Twin) ­6  / 00
Dynamic Elongation (Single / Half / Twin) 26.4 % / 0.0 % / 0.0 %
Static Elongation (Single / Half / Twin) 8.6 % / 0.0 % / 0.0 %
Impact Force (Single / Half / Twin) 8.80 kN / 0.00 kN / 0.00 kN
Dry Treatment Core­
Sheath Proportion (%) 35.0 %
Sheath Slippage (mm) ­
Type of Middle Mark Marking
Rope End Marker None
Certification CE, EN, UIAA
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Chicks With Picks Gear Review no rating given just a review

In the fall of 2014, when Kitty Calhoun and I made our gear list for climbing Tangerine Trip, a big-wall aid route on El Cap in Yosemite, it was I who said “I got the lead rope”.  I had been climbing with my 9.8mm Evolution Velocity for a summer and it had proven itself with strength, durability, and handling.  Just what you need when you’re about to head up the biggest piece of rock there is in the lower 48!

Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4/5

After closely comparing all nine ropes in our test, we came away feeling that the Evolution Velocity hit the mark for value. At a versatile diameter and weight that leans more towards durability and toughness, this rope will last longer than skinnier cords but isn't too costly at the outset. It will perform well for any climbing discipline and could be the trusty choice for a climber who doesn't want or need a quiver of ropes. We give it our Best Buy Award for the rope that presents the best value for the money.

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Good “workhorse ropes” are ones those that can take a beating but are also reasonably light for long approaches and use on big wall climbs. There are many great ropes in this category, but my favorites are the Mammut Tusk 9.8mm, the Sterling Velocity 9.8mm, and the Maxim Glider 9.9mm. These ropes have displayed great durability, have a nice “hand” (supple, smooth), and have kept me alive in many uncertain circumstances. Ropes with a diameter less than 10mm feature good balance of weight and durability, nice movement through belay/rappel devices, and a tendency of NOT breaking the bank. These ropes are most appropriate for lead climbing, but are also good for top roping so long as they are not moving across a lot of sharp edges. For people that are primarily top-roping, a thicker rope is more appropriate because there is simply more sheath to protect the core from abrasion.

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.