Black Diamond 9.9 Rope
Black Diamond9.9 Rope

Beefy burliness.

The 9.9 Rope is Black Diamond's thickest and most durable climbing rope, and it's still versatile for virtually any style of climb. This rope balances the burliness required for big- wall projects with the beginner-friendly handling that new climbers need at the gym. Its Endurance rope boasts hardcore durability against rocky edges, and there's a half mark for easily identifying the rope's center for rigging rappels.

  • Black Diamond's burliest rope for all-around use
  • Thick Endurance sheath is durable and handles easily
  • Half mark identifies rope's center for easy rappelling
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Favorite Indoor Rope

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered the 40m version of this rope for indoor gym use and it is the best one I have used in my opinion. I love the way it feeds easily through ATC's and for the feel of the rope. It is burly and durable, which will help it last a long time. It also has a very comfortable stretch so that provides a nice catch when taking a whipper. Great rope.

Great Gym Rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had been using my 70m in the gym for a while, and decided enough is enough. Great rope for the gym, beefy feeling rope, definitely not the most supple out of the bag but it breaks in well. Cant comment on catches, ive only whipped once on it and I outweigh my belayer by about 80lbs so every catch is a soft catch for me.

GYM RATS

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For all the Gym Rats out there. I was originally using my 60m outdoor rope. It was my prized possession. I loved that thing. Using it in the gym was beating it up and I couldn't have that. This 9.9mm is perfect and at 40 meters is awesome for the gym. The quality is standard BD. It looks great with the piercing blue. Not that its important but it helps. The feel is top notch. I found on the first day I had not usual coiled up rope issues. I would buy the longer version if I didn't already have it.

POOR LONGEVITY

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this rope outdoors 2-3x per week for sport leads and some TR. After 3 months of use it feels nearly core shot along the entire length of rope (even the last 3 feet on each end where it is used strictly to tie-in). while the sheath is intact and has only minor fraying, the core is smushy and spongy along its entire length. this rope has seen no whippers, only minor falls. I am rather disappointed in the quality/longevity of this rope. I will recommend any other Black Diamond equipment all day, but stay away from this rope unless you are sticking to the gym, or plan to replace it every 3 months.

Burly Trad Rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this rope to use as I'm beginning to trad climb and haven't been disappointed. It's not as supple as other ropes I've used but handles well enough and the sheath is extra burly. The thickness and feel of the sheath is worth the other trade-offs IMO and I'd definitely buy it again. Being new to trad I know I've made mistakes that have put extra wear on this rope but it seems to be taking it like a champ and only has a little fuzz in a few areas after 4 months of solid use.

Good rope, Great Price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm so stoked on this rope!
I bought the 35m to take to PRG so my partner and I could get some lead (fall) experience. I've taken some decent whippers on this line and I trust I'll get plenty more.
This rope is supple. It wasn't stiff or anything. The sheath isn't fluffy and I'm really not worried about slippage. This rope makes for a very soft catch.
Finally, the price just can't be beat.

Good Workhorse Rope

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a BD 9.9 70m (which are made by Roca) to split with a friend as a gym rope and have climbed on my half consistently for three weeks now. I will update the review once I have had more time with the rope.

Initial impressions: on first use, the sheath (which they advertise as their "burliest") feels a touch on the rough side, but the rope proves plenty supple (for a 9.9) right out of the package. It feeds and lowers well using both a GriGri 2 and an ATC Guide, and it clips just fine. Falls feel about what you would expect for a workhorse rope (my comparison point is a Maxim Equinox 10.2). The subtle variation in coloring of the pattern (there are darker and lighter patches such that it 'shimmers') is quite cool when you first see it.

My only possible negative note is in line with some comments elsewhere online: the midpoint of my rope (a very clear black band) has already begun to fade slightly [noting that my rope is chopped so the midpoint has seen a lot more traffic than it would otherwise have had after a few weeks], which may be less of a problem with their other ropes that are not dark blue.

Take the fall

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this as a gym rope, and it has not disappointed. I took off the packaging and the rope was set to go. No twists, runs well through a gri gri (both lead and top rope), and feels burly enough to handle plenty of falls. This rope has impressed me enough to look at BD for outdoor ropes as well.

Finally a rope with a proper center mark

    I love BD, and I have not been disappointed by this rope yet. I have only used it in the gym a few times so far, but no complaints yet! Will update once I get some more time on the rock.

    what is the tensile strength