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Petzl made the Dragonfly 8.2mm Half Rope with 36% of the material in the sheath to give it the durability to handle demanding ice and alpine climbs or wandering rock routes. This Petzl rope also uses single-pick construction to create a tight sheath that holds out dirt and grime to protect the core. Using two Dragonfly 8.2mm Climbing Ropes together in double-rope technique reduces rope drag and provides a redundant system to improve your margin of safety. Petzl added a dry treatment to both the sheath and core to keep this rope from getting wet in the harsh mountain environment. *Sold individually.

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Would this make a good lead-capable (in a pinch) tag line for rappelling long trad routes? It weighs about the same as the sterling 8mm static tag line.

Scoping out the rap

Scoping out the rap

We used the dragonflies to rap down mirrorball to gain access to Bunny Buckets Buttress

4 5

Light ropes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I grabbed these before heading to red rocks for some long trad awesomeness. They did well in the desert, and I used them all season climbing ice and mountaineering. The two ropes together weight about as much as a 70 meter rope but you can split the weight with your partner, or get super light and only take one. I have not had any problems with the ropes blowing up. But they are really "fuzzy". And they got that way quick. They tangle something aweful too. The water treatment eventually wore off and they would get wet, but they never balled snow. I don't regret buying them, but when they wear out I will replace them with some mammut doubles.

2 5

Sheath wears quickly

I have only used this rope a few times canyoneering. The sheath gets chewed up very easily, exposing the core. My Bluewater rope is 10 times tougher (but unfortunately the Bluewater does not come in a 70m length). I would not recommend this rope for anything where it will rub on rock.

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Why are you using a dynamic climbing rope for canyoneering?

1 5

Do not buy.

These ropes are bad. The very first time I used them the sheath tore exposing the core of the ropes. This was from normal wear and tear - no falls or sharp edges. I sent the damaged ropes back to Petzl for warranty and they could not offer me anything; not even covering the shipping cost for the return. I now learned that other people have had similar problems with Petzl ropes, so I recommend you avoid Petzl ropes altogether.

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I agree with you 100%. This rope has been nothing but frustrating to use. After the first day out on these looked worn and the sheath constantly twists around the core causing tangles. Also with fraying just from normal use, no falls and no rubbing on rocks it makes me nervous everytime I would rap off of them. So I coiled a pair up and now its a mat for my front door. I would try the Mammut Phoenix ropes they are super durable and actually are rated better all around (falls, weight and strength) My rock and single ice ropes are all Mammut and are bomber.

What's In My Pack for Ice Climbing by Stephen Koch

All the stuff I bring for a day of climbing...explained. Enjoy!

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always interested in seeing what the pro's carry, seems i always learn something

wouild thuis serve wel as a ski mountaineering...

wouild thuis serve wel as a ski mountaineering rope?

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you might be better off getting a Beal Rando rope. it is skinnier and only 30m long. that way you dont have to carry a ton of rope that you probably wont need. you will also save a big chunk of change

5 5

A little help for Petzl

To help facilitate descents, the middle of each Petzl cord is marked with a black bar. Even with this marking, it’s sometimes a good idea to tie a knot at the end of the rope as an additional safety measure.

5 5

Great Ropes

Got these several months ago for a trip to Red Rocks, and have since been selling all my climbing buddies on the magic of doubles. As has been said here, they're light (duh), handle great, and inspire confidence. These are my first set of doubles, and they've converted me into a believer.

5 5

Nice ropes

These are great ropes- supple and smooth and they don't tangle. If you do long wandering trad routes, half (double) ropes are the way to go. Belaying takes a bit more skill since you'll be clipping on only one rope at a time. For me the double rope system feels really safe and convenient on multi-pitch trad routes. On shorter routes I still use just a single.

Dragonfly by Petzl in action on Golden Tears

Dragonfly by Petzl in action on Golden Tears

Near Dubois, WY

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5 5

Ice/alpine climber's 1st choice

The Petzl Dragonfly is a light weight half-rope that excels on long ice / mixed routes and alpine peaks where weight savings is critical and frozen ropes are not an option. The tightly woven, single-pick sheath coupled with dry treatment on both sheath and core create a rope that is exceptionally good at shedding water. Even after long days of ice climbing in wet conditions the ropes fared well. The ropes have proven durable while ice climbing, but I have climbed little rock with them. My inclination for rock-specific climbing is to go with a thicker, more durable rope(s). The Petzl Dragonfly's are my first choice when wanting the ability to rappel a full rope length while counting every ounce.

1 5

Serious problems

I bought a set of these ropes. Within 10 uses over the course of 4 months, the sheath came completely off of the core. We noticed that every time we rappelled, our ATC's would have copious amounts of sheath built up on them. The blue rope is completely core shot and the orange rope has shown signs of serious wear, indicating that the sheath could fail at any time. I have talked to some gear shops that indicate they have heard of similar problems with Petzl ropes. We have some Metolius half lines (7.8mm) with about 3 seasons on them under similar use that currently are not showing any signs of wear.

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Did you contact the manufacturer? If so, what was their response?