the golden dry is worth the little extra $
ive had this rope for 2 seasons now - its held up amazingly through sharp corners and gear and belay devices. catches are very progressive and soft. and its a very manageable weight for being a mid-diameter 70m rope.
GET A ROPE BAG!! or at least a tarp. it will prolong your ropes life and prevent knots
one gripe: ive only seen my center mark once... and that was when i wasnt even looking for it.
picture is after a year and a half of climbing in 9 states. and most of that dirtyness is just aluminum from running through gear.