Poor quality control - be forewarned.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Size Bought: 80m
My experience with this rope is terrifying. Until Maxim can address production issues I would strongly advise against buying it. I am
an industry professional for 20 years, and have been climbing since the early 90s. I have owned, abused, and retired over 100 ropes from most manufacturers. I have never seen a rope degrade in such a short amount of time. My 80m version of this cord was used for no more than 15 pitches in 5 or 6 days of climbing. Iâm fully aware of the various scenarios that can cause premature sheath damage: lowering or rapping over sharp edges, crystals, etc.; burrs on carabiners; hard falls. None of these were ever present in the short use of this rope. Fundamentally, this rope was babied.
Within this time, and number of concerning characteristics occurred:
1) The ends separated from the sheath within a few uses. While this isnât necessarily a danger, it does indicate that the rope wasnât finished well. Sheath slippage can contribute to soft or weak spots, especially at the main fall point within the first 5m of rope.
2) the sheath began to fuzz almost immediately. It was more noticeable with every use.
3) The last time this rope was used, upon pulling it after lowering, a 5â section was found split open in a twisting, kinked configuration. Iâve never seen anything like this. Again, there had been no traumatic use that should have caused this. The rope was being used gently, and well within the range of normal use that should allow for dozens of days.
Hereâs my main point: given that this degradation happened within a few uses in normal conditions, I would need at least a dozen of these ropes to get through a normal year of guiding and climbing my own projects. This is completely unacceptable. Especially given the price.
I have reached out to Maxim. They have responded but with minimal regard to my concerns. I have sent the rope for inspection.
I have also spoken to two colleagues/friends who have had similar issues with this specific model.
Based on my professional experience, and my familiarity with similar products from other companies, I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this rope. I am actively encouraging potential buyers to look elsewhere until Maxim can address these concerns.