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Maxim - Airliner 2X Dry Climbing Rope - 9.1mm

Maxim Airliner 2X Dry Climbing Rope - 9.1mm

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$184.20 Original price:$307.00
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Item #MAX0009




Tech Specs

Dry Treatment:
2X - Dry
Static Elongation:
Dynamic Elongation:
Impact Force:
UIAA Falls:
Rope Weight:
Claimed Weight:
[60m] 7lb 4.4oz, [70m] 8lb 7.8oz
Recommended Use:

Airliner 2X Dry Climbing Rope

Use Maxim's superlight Airliner 2X Dry 9.1mm Climbing Rope as a half on alpine routes, or climb mixed, ice, or multipitch with it as a single. Endura Dry 2x treats this rope's sheath and core with water repellency in order to reduce overall water absorption significantly. Like all of Maxim's ropes, you can expect a fluid feel through belay devices, a smooth clip, and a durable, abrasion-resistant performance.

  • Climbing rope triple-certified as single, twin, and half
  • 9.1mm diameter is light, thin, and ideal for sport, trad, and ice
  • 2x Dry treated sheath and core for UIAA-certified water resistance

My Favorite Sport Climbing Rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super lightweight and feeds through the grigri like butter. Unlike other ropes, this one doesn't thicken up over time -- it stays true to shape after multiple cragging days without excessive "furriness". I've tried the Sterling 9.2mm Aero and the Mammut 9.2mm Revelation and this one is my favorite crag rope by a long shot. It's been really durable as well.

The only downside is lack of a good bi-weave color, which is why I use the single pattern for sport climbing. I use the Sterling 9.0mm Nano for multipitch climbs (lighter weight, better bi-weave pattern, but less durability).

Dark Star: not a good bi pattern

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good: It's holding up so far after 4 months of about 2-3 days out a week getting about 4-10 pitches in every session.

The bad: I paid the extra money for the bi patern "dark star" color (and it isn't cheap!) and even after months of use I can't hardly spot the difference in the pattern. I wanted a bi pattern to make repels easier in the dark but this makes it extremely difficult even during the day time. I'd rather have a single pattern rope with a middle mark than the dark star. And on that note, I'm gonna buy another rope before the season ends because this is ridiculous.

So for that reason, I can not recommend this rope especially for the price range it's at.

Best skinny rope I’ve ever used!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is definitely a skinny rope and not for everyone nor every situation. I would absolutely not recommend this rope for beginners or even intermediate climbers/belayers and definitely not for top roping. The skinny diameter and super smooth handling characteristics demands expert belaying skills. For its weight and diameter, in my opinion, it is one of the most durable ropes out there. I have been climbing for about 35 years and I have owned hundreds of ropes and I climb four days a week outside on long traditional multi pitch routes with rappelling and single pitch sport on different types of rock and angles. I also would not recommend this rope for ascending with mechanical devices or heavily working steep overhanging cave routes… It’s just too skinny to grab well/easily. Hands-down, the best things about this rope is its light weight, ease of belaying and clipping and awesome sheath design...stiff enough to make it very durable. My most important advice is to be very careful when you very first unravel the rope. It comes off of a spool so you need to make sure that you unravel it as if it’s coming off that same spool. This will prevent any initial twists. Then do yourself another favor and run it through your belay device of choice a few times on the ground before you climb and always pull it through the anchor on single pitch routes to keep it from getting twisted/kinked. Out of the bag it is super cable-like stiff but it does soften up to be very manageable.
I bought the 60m in Afterburner color.
Also a shout out to my Backcountry gearhead, Emily Jenson!

Maxim Airliner

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this rope at the end of July 2018. Used it sparingly and took good care of it. Maxim markets this rope as very durable and strong for its size. Core shot on climb number 6. Less than a year of ownership. Wrote to Maxim and never heard back. This rope is hardly worth the premium price. I’ve owned petal and mammoth ropes in 60 & 70 lengths that gave held up to years of use and abuse. Would not buy this line again.

Rope keeps freezing up

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a lot of research before pulling the trigger and purchasing the Maxim Airliner. It arrived and I was very pleased. I took it out climbing a few times and noticed in small sections that it would freeze up. Rope would be stiff. Then one day, on a challenging climb in cold dry conditions the rope was frozen stiff in sections of a foot or so. I have to force the rope through the ATC. The next day I contacted maxim and explained the situation to them. They said that should not happen but the desired to test my rope to see if the Dry Treatment have not been applied. I sent the rope to them and they tested it. Said it looked good but were kind enough to send me a new rope.
I went out with the new rope on a snowy day and the rope froze up stiff in 2 to 3 foot sections at a time. Just not acceptable. Other than the rope freezing the feel of the rope is fabulous. It is just too dangerous to use. I will also throw out there that I am living in New England so more moisture in the air than out West?

Thank you so much for this contribution, Phil!

Send it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For an 80m rope this is incredibly light and not so small that you're uncomfortable taking a nice, big whip on it! I usually reserve this rope for send attempts and extra long routes just to preserve it. And if those ends get rough and you have to chop them, you still have a really long rope. Now get it and let the sending begin! ;-)

Doesn't feel like an 80m rope

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

SO this rope is super supple. Easy to clip and most importantly it's LIGHT! I seriously don't feel like I'm carrying around extra weight when I haul this bad boy around. If you want an amazing light 80 m rope get this one!

Tickets to the send machine!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Low friction, low weight, but damn durable.

Had the chance to demo this rope out for a few days in Little Cottonwood canyon and it's changing my mentality on what a rope really should look and feel like.

We worked some sport lines that had been on the ticklist for years - this thing glides through the belay device and gives THE softest catch i've ever felt. I didn't send, but my buddy did. First class tickets to the anchors.

We then cooled down a three pitches moderate trad route - a lot of traversing and a section of linked down climbing. We slung our gear long and this rope just smoothly slide through all the biners. The drag reduction is LITERALLY noticeable.

If I were to get stoked on a sport project and wanted to give myself the best chance, I'm reaching for the airliner.

Somebody buzz the pilot - I'm getting sendy over here!

Hello again Alex! How does this rope compare to the pinnacle 9.5mm? I would be using it for big trad projects at Tahquitz, RR, and the south/eastern Sierra. (Aside from the pinnacle, I also have a pair of twins 7.7s). Thank you for your thoughts!

Michael -

hello again! I'd say that this rope feels very similar to the 9.5 pinnacle, but definitely noticeably thinner - It has the same low friction and touch to it.

I suppose to some it may be a bit less confidence inspiring as it is thinner, but to me with the new standard getting thinner and thinner, I felt confident taking falls on it.

It doesn't come in a bipattern - so we've used it less on routes requires "raps" vs. lowering.