Edelrid Skimmer Pro Dry Climbing Rope - 7.1mm
Slimmer and lighter.
The Skimmer Pro Dry Climbing Rope is Edelrid's skinniest, lightest half and twin rope for demanding ice and mixed routes high in the alpine. A 7.1mm diameter keeps the Skimmer compact for easy packing to faraway places. Edelrid treated the rope's sheath and core with Pro Dry for UIAA-approved resistance against dirt and water. The Thermo Shield finish ensures ideal handling right out of the bag.
- Edelrid's skinniest, lightest half rope for ice and mixed climbs
- 7.1mm diameter keeps the rope compact for alpine approaches
- Pro Dry finished sheath and core for dirt- and water-resistance
- Thermo Shield treatment for ideal handling right out of the bag
- Q & A
Needs special belay device
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The rope is small and light, just what I wanted for alpine backup use, mostly as a rescue backup, but I realized that it was too narrow for any of the usual belay/ascender devices. Edelrid recommended the Micro Jul. It does not completely lock the 7.1mm rope, but comes close. With my body weight (140 lbs), single and double strand, direct and looped through and standard carabiner with one end tied to me, it slips at about a centimeter/second with no hand on the rope. It will stop with very light pressure on the brake hand. It will release gradually and with smooth control with slight tilting of the device as advertised. I tried with several different diameter carabiners, no difference. My old Gri-Gri would not lock the rope. A tibloc locks the rope. prussik locks the rope. wrapping the brake end of the rope around my thigh also locked the rope. The Petzl micro traxion pulley will probably work but haven't tried it yet. 4 stars because it does not have a compatible autobloc device. It's very light and compact and I am glad to have it with me.
What belay device(s) do you recommend with ropes this thin?