A step up in the vertical world.
The Edelweiss Curve Rope is the perfect choice for climbers that want to step up their game whether they're climbing sport, trad, or multipitches. Its 9.8mm diameter is the first step towards using skinner, lighter ropes without worrying over slippery handling, and a high UIAA fall-rating makes sure you can climb with this rope a lot longer than you could with most 9.8mm ropes. Perform 3 construction ensures excellent durability, enhanced shock absorption, lighter weight, and a lower impact force for a softer catch. The HD Cover braids each thread individually—as opposed to multi-thread braiding on standard ropes—to make the sheath smoother without making it stiff.
- Perform 3 construction
- HD Cover
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was thoroughly pleased with the life I got out of this rope. It was my first real rope that I beat the living **** out of. Trad and sport, big whips and nasty rope drag, this baby took it all. The sheath is incredibly durable, even after months sliding over Joshua Tree rock there were barely any fuzzies. So it's Durability is fantastic.
However, because of the thick sheath it also leads to some really interesting rope management. The rope gets twisted like nothing else and is one of the stiffest ropes I've ever used. Thanks to the Twisties we got this baby stuck on the offwidth pitch of Dream of wild turkeys on rappel. The twists in the rope from simply pulling through the anchors were enough to cam itself into the crack and make for one heck of a time getting it out in the dark. That being said, I probably would buy her again if I ever need a workhorse that can take the abuse.
I'd recommend it for your first rope. Not only will she last a long time, she'll take the abuse of you not knowing when to extend your placements and deal with all that drag just fine. But most importantly, if your rope management with her is any good, you'll be a rockstar with any other rope.