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Tom Pierce wrote a question about on August 17, 2013

These are described here as twin ropes with a 5.1Kn impact force. But the ropes are marked as double ropes, not twins (I just received these from Backcountry), and on further investigation the 5.1Kn impact rating seems to be for use as double ropes, not twins. The impact force when used as twins appears to be higher. What light can you shed on this issue? I plan to use these as twins and don't want to do so if the impact force when used as twins isn't as advertised (I do a lot of adventure climbing on suspect rock). Please advise, many thanks.

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Tom Pierce wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I've used a variety of ropes over the years but keep coming back to Edelweiss for my "workhorse" ropes because of the construction, feel and bicolor patterns. The Sharp ARC is no exception. It passes the UIAA's sharp edge test (like my old Edelweiss Stratos), has a soft hand which knots well, and I like the bicolor pattern. Sure, at 10.5mm it's thicker and heavier than many other ropes out there, including many thinner and lighter Edelweiss ropes, but as mentioned it's a real workhorse and will take a lot of falls and abuse. Worth a look if you're on the market for this type of rope. BTW, I have no affiliation with Edelweiss, I'm just a climber who has used Edelweiss ropes for years and years.
-Tom Pierce

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Tom Pierce wrote a review of on March 10, 2008

4 5

Although designed for the skiing/boarding crowd, I selected this as a compact day pack for winter mountaineering. I can fit a down sweater, fleece pullover, shell and 2.5L bladder, still with some room to spare. Not much, but I wanted a smaller pack and I love the low profile shape. The snowboard carry straps work well stowing snowshoes, and it'll cleverly carry a couple of ice axes. Cons: A bit heavy with the internal frame and the front hip belt pocket is very small. Otherwise an excellent pack, and I'm picky.

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