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Frays easily; poor quality

Purchased this rope in May, for sport climbing in Boulder Canyon. It's now October and there's significant fraying in several places. We climb maybe once a week, so I'd guess about 16-20 days so far, but switch back and forth with another rope, a BlueWater rope, that's two years older and shows none of the same wear. I'm actually going to have to retire this rope in one season, and I've never had to do that before. Haven't climbed any harder or sharper (generally rap down, and always keep an eye on sharp edges). I babied this rope, but it didn't help. No more Mammut ropes for me. I recommend you look elsewhere!

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I've had this rope for two climbing seasons now, but the first year I only used it a handful of times. I did notice that it got significantly more frayed than some of my friends ropes who bought them around the same time, and gave them a lot more use.. I was wondering if this was my imagination, but anecdotally it does seem like this frays easily.

Still, I like how stiff it is, makes clipping and coiling easier, the duodess pattern is very useful, and while it's remaining days are numbered, it got a lot of use this summer and is still safe to use. I've also used it for some top-rope and trad climbs that had more rock abrasion than I'd like, so I didn't exactly baby the rope..

Bottom line it's a good rope that should last you at least a season of heavy climbing, but it may fray more easily than others.. (it's also my first rope, so I don't have much basis of comparison)