Gear Review

4 5

It does its job, but doesn't offer more

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

I've been using this rope pretty heavily for the past two years, and it's definitely performed the way a climbing rope should. It's not the best handling rope on the market, but it's quite durable for its diameter.
The way Mammut coils their rope in order to avoid kinking when taken out of the package is a nice feature that I now expect out of other ropes. It's so easy to screw up, so it's nice to have that peace of mind. The middle mark has stayed clearly visible through many, many pitches, which is another plus. The durability of this rope is not in question. It hardly shows signs that it's been in use for a while, besides that dirt it collects.
This rope gets dirty! It will quickly turn a shade of light-brownish yellow, even with one taking good care of it. Even washing it doesn't change this. Just know it will get dirty.
It's also pretty stiff. There's no "breaking in" with the Tusk. It will stay pretty stiff. I prefer a more flexible rope, and that's the main reason I will not be buying this rope again when I need to reinvest.
Personal preference aside, I think that the Tusk is a solid, work-horse rope for a 9.8, and that if you don't mind the stiffness and the dirt it collects, I would recommend it.

It does its job, but doesn't offer more