Description

Uncoil quality and unleash vertical excellence.

Whether it's a hot day in the southern sands or a cool morning at the frozen waterfall, the approach to the crag is always better when you know you've got the Edelweiss Energy ARC 9.5mm EverDry Climbing Rope stashed in your pack. Treated with SuperEverDry, this cord refuses to gain weight when you're stuck in the humidity or drizzle.
  • SuperEverDry treatment prevents your rope from absorbing water, helps the rope dry quicker, and limits stiffness from freezing
  • Perform 3 innovation improves flexibility and impact-force absorption, while decreasing weight
  • Edelweiss HD Cover technology focuses on individual thread braiding to preserve sheath thickness while smoothing rope surface
  • Innovative O-Flex braiding system can greatly increase the lifespan of your rope
  • A mid-point pattern change notifies you when you reach the halfway point during a belay or rappel

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5 5

cool rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

great all around rope. i use it for sport and alpine climbing.
the diameter is just the right to be able to use it in both types
also really like the bicolor patten, it helps a lot when you are rapping in the dark with a single rope

2 5

Not Durable - Sheath Wear & Core Damage

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second Edelweiss rope. I retired my first one after 4 years of use and it was great. However, this rope has been a disappointment. It handles well and is a great size and weight. Unfortunately, it is not durable at all. After light usage of five days of climbing the sheath has worn prematurely in several areas, along with core damage - without taking any falls.

This was my personal experience, but I have two friends who had the same rope who experienced the same exact issues I had with premature wear and core damage.

Perhaps it was a bad production batch, but I'll be hesitant to purchase another Edelweiss rope in the future.

Responded on

Gotta love it when folks refer to a 9.5 as non durable... My rope is holding up very well as are several of the folks I climb with who use the same cord. I would say however that we're not necessarily "working" our ropes. This rope and the performance line are meant to be used as redpoint go chords and not your every day cragging rope. "Extremely light and dedicated to pure performance, the ENERGY is perfect for climbers to the top level." is what Edelweiss says about the rope. for cragging, top roping, etc. you're better off with a cheaper, thicker alternative. I have 10 year old 10.2s that look brand new. You should check something like that out.

5 5

Great so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

What first impressed me about this rope is how light it is and how smooth it is clipping. The bi-pattern makes cleaning routes that much easier. The sheath kept the rope from expanding on some of the damper routes at Rumney. For the belayer, it's pretty slick out of the bag, but that improved quickly. So far, it seems pretty durable. I'll be sure to update this after more use.

Does this rope have a dry core as well as...

Does this rope have a dry core as well as sheath, or just a dry sheath? The title states everdry, while the description says supereverdry. It would be nice to have this feature clearly stated.

Responded on

Dry sheath only. Everdry treatment reduces water absorption by 50% and SuperEverdry treatment reduces it by another 25%. Both terms refer to the sheath.

2 5

not durable, thin sheath, very slick

My core shot for no good reason. Looking at the core shot I see the sheath is very thin. I guess I will be buying a different rope before too long.

4 5

So far so great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've climbed on Mammut or Edelweiss ropes for several years now. This is a great rope, has proven durable, light and very bright.

Long term update: I've now been climbing on this rope for two full seasons. Its been up several big peaks, spent 20 days climbing in Kalymnos, several days cragging etc. Its holding up very very well. Its also one of my climbing partners rope of choice (his is an 80M rope) and he climbs close to full time year round. His is still going strong as well.

2 5

Expected More

I must say, I was quite disappointed with this purchase. So much so that I have decided to return the Energy ARC. After reading many reviews, and hearing nothing but high praise for the 9.5 edelweiss, I decided to go ahead and try a new climbing rope out, while I have traditionally gone with metolius or mammut. Right out of the package the rope performed amazingly. Handled smoothly, felt durable, and provided an unbelievably soft catch. The ARC provided a smooth, quick feel in the hand for both the climber and the belayer. The rope looked amazing, and appeared as though it would hold up to a moderate amount of abuse. Not even two weekends of use later, the sheath has worn considerably, so much so that I have decided to return the rope. I can't pay close to $250 for a rope that only lasts for a couple of weekends. I'm going back to metolius.

This rope would be amazing if it held up to more use.

5 5

Love it.

I picked this rope up for a sport climbing trip to Greece last spring where 70+ meter ropes are the norm. I've long been a devote of Mammut ropes, but at the time, there weren't any available through BC.com. So, I took a chance and grabbed this cord. I've had the chance to climb and fall with it all summer, and I've been super stoked on it. 58g/m means that even at 80m, this thing is still fairly light. The bi-pattern weave has been super helpful when stringing together multiple raps. Despite the other reviewers experience, my rope is ultra smooth where the patterns come together, no issue there. I live in the Canadian Rockies were sharp limestone is the norm and this cord has held up really well. No core shots or abrasions despite some pretty heavy use. (I've done plenty of projecting on this cord too, it's not all sending ;) Falls have been nice & soft & I love the feel of this cord. I trust this rope with my life & would definitely recommend it to others.

5 5

Amazing Handling - Surprising durability

Intended use: 9.5mm is thin enough to be compact and a real weight saver, but thick enough to take abrasion and still last. I bought this as a 2nd rope with the intention of using at for belaying from above on harder single pitch trad, and at multipitch areas with long approaches and a walkoff.

Things I like:
+ This rope is silky and stiff - it feeds well, especially noticeable when belaying off the anchor at the top of a pitch. This also means it has lower friction through your protection system, allowing you to stretch pitches with less drag.
+ The bipattern weave (ARC) allows for quickly finding the midpoint, and knowing when you've passed it. Great for low-light rappels or measuring pitches.
+ The sheath is a one over one twill pattern (instead of the 2/2 found in almost all other ropes). Edelweiss calls this the HD cover, Maxim calls it the "glider". I've found that it reduces friction and noticeably improves wear.
+ Light weight and compact size is highly packable. This rope weighs 2lbs less than my 10.2. Thats like being able to carry an extra Liter of water.

Things I don't like
- Rope is difficult to rappel on with a regular ATC - A freehanging single rope rap would be dangerous without an extra friction device.
- Edelweiss packages their ropes awkwardly. Make sure to read the uncoiling instructions, or be prepared for a 30-45min knot.
- Center mark braiding is bumpy and uneven. This is not the case with other manufacturers Bipattern weaves. It seems that it will catch on the rock and abrade prematurely.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this as an all around rope for hard sport, multipitch, or belaying from above. You should get something much cheaper and more durable for toproping, and look into doubles/halves for climbs with long rappel descents.

Responded on

Great rope. Unlike the above poster, the midpoint pattern change has been perfectly smooth on my Edelweiss ropes (Energy ARC, Onsight ARC).

Responded on

Doubles or halves on long rappels are even thinner and have less friction. I've now started both wearing belay gloves as well as using a backup prussic below my rappel device to make long multi pitch rappels (like those found in Red Rock) more comfortable. That said the newer style ATCs are capable of providing adequate friction if used on the higher friction side.

This rope is holding up great for me, and I've found that now that i have a year climbing on it, its not nearly as slippery as it was out of the box. I've noticed the small "bumps" around the collor changing weave as well. My Mammut rope has the same thing (as have all my color changing ropes I've used) and I've found it useful to be able to tell when the 1/2 mark is passing without having to look at the rope. It has not worn there or proven to be an issue at all.

Does the "one color" option feature the...

Does the "one color" option feature the bipattern weave?