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Gear Review

3 5

Great rope, didn't last long

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have stated, this is a supple rope that goes through a grigri nicely and is easy to manage. Right out of the box it doesn't feel stiff at all, no break in time. It does pick up dirt very easily though. I loved this rope, but I've only had it 11 months and now have to get a new one. There's a small tear in the sheath and the core is now exposed. Was this from rope drag over some rough rock? Admittedly, I've climbed several routes repeatedly where this might have caused the issue, but the rest of the rope is still in good shape. Since the tear is only in one small spot, it leads me to believe it was one single event that caused the tear, not repeated abuse. Hmmm, not sure what to think. It's a great rope and this could be just a fluke thing. This will be my third rope, so I think I'll purchase a different brand this time just to try something different for comparison. Still love Petzl products and this rope is pretty sweet.

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I've been using it for almost three years now and never had any core shots, so I think it was probably a fluke thing. That sucks for sure, but I'd hate for people to judge the rope unfairly because of it.

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Like I said, I'd definitely consider buying it again since it's a great rope. I even recommended it to a friend who just bought one. For my new rope, I went with a Sterling. The main reason for this is that I had just enough REI dividend left to cover the cost of a new rope and unfortunately, they didn't have the Petzl Nomad. I gave it only 3 stars for now since I'll need to get another one and see how long it lasts, or see how long my friends new Nomad rope lasts.

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Now that you have been using the Sterling, what are your thoughts on comparison? What model did you end up going with? I'm looking at the Petzl Nomad and the Sterling Evolution Velocity 9.8.

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The Sterling lasted about the same time, 10-11 months, before I had to cut the ends. Since it was just the ends of the rope, no big deal, I can keep using it for a while. I take a lot of lead falls so I guess I'm just tough on ropes. The Sterling is a fine rope, but the Petzl Nomad is the best rope I've ever used in terms of it's suppleness.