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A durable, water-resistant rope for slot-canyon exploration.

The Sterling Canyon C-IV Rope's super-tough Technora sheath guards against gritty sandstone, and the braided polypropylene core helps the rope float and resist the dousing it’s sure to get.

  • Water-resistant treatment ideal for early season in the canyons
  • The 2% elongation reduces stretching to keep your line from sawing over edges
  • Technora sheath increases cut resistance on sharp and abrasive rock
  • The 9mm thickness packs well for walking sections of the canyon
  • Polypropylene core floats in the water

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5 5

Dope rope

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

10/10 would trust this with my life again. Doesn't wear much over hard edges, almost no stretch. Floats for a bit, pretty light, handles softer than most static lines.

5 5

Gold standard canyoneering rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its not as heavy as the CanyonTech, its tough, reasonably light weight and a nice compromise between fast 8mm and slow and heavy 10mm.. Perfect general use rope for less experienced and / or heavier canyoneers. Works exceptionally well with the ATS descender - not too fast and smooth.

It does require a break in, like a lot of canyoneering ropes its a bit stiff to start and it shrinks about 2% once its gotten wet. Once broken in its a joy to rappel on.

I have used this rope on ratty rock, edges and a lot of places ordinary rope would have shredded & it still looks like new.

5 5

Great workhorse rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the Sterling C-IV has been my go to rope for over a year now. After about 18 colorado plateau canyons, it looks great and is wearing very well. it dries fast and is reasonably light for its diameter. It rappels a little faster than most 9mm ropes so use caution. Once your used to the way this rope handles it will become your go-to. Its softer than the all polyester ropes and is kinder to your wet, cold hands. Sterling hit a home-run with this one.
My only complaint is that I wish the core were Dyneema? or Spectra?, as that would significantly decrease the stretch, however, that would also dramatically increase the price.

Bottom line:
great workhorse rope for the money.

4 5

Great Canyon Rope

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this rope a couple times guiding trips for my schools outdoor program and just bought one of my own. Nice light weight rope that handles well, great bang for the buck. No complaints.

5 5

Great Canyoneering Rope!

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

Short story is, we now only use our "other" rope on practice days on the rough crags, and use C-IV when running any canyons, wet or dry. Lightweight, very smooth, nice hand for tying a knot or stuffing in a rope bag, floats, and most importantly, doesn't heat up anywhere NEAR as much as any other rope we've used on rappels. It's more expensive than other canyon ropes if you buy a shorter or precut length, so just buy a full bolt and split it with a buddy. ... Updated 1/30/2014 - we've been using this rope extensively and the only note I would add is that the older the rope is (well, the more you beat it up!), it does seem to absorb more water and get bouncier when rappelling in class C canyons. Still my favorite rope by a long shot but maybe we'll get a segment of Canyon Pro for the really wet canyons.

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i have been searching for the best static rope, 9-10mm, to rig top rope anchors from trees that are at times 15 meters away from the cliff edge here in the Adirondacks, would you recommend this rope since it seems it wouldn't weaken like so many nylon statics when wet? less strength doesn't matter i guess for top-roping but i may use this rope for solo top-rope use and cleaning routes. why aren't these kevlar sheathed ropes more popular? sorry to bombard you, i just randomly chose a reviewer on the page.

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Sorry for the delay, just saw your note. For top-roping, don't you normally want dynamic rope? I'm not a climber, but if you take a hard fall on static rope you will hurt your spine because you'll come to a sudden halt. Or am I not understanding your use? You might want to direct a question like this to the makers, the folks at Sterling, to be sure it will perform as needed in your application.

5 5

Great Canyoneering Rope

This rope has performed very well so far. Tough and longlasting as promised. This Spring I used the C-IV 9mm with small groups on two trips to Moab, Utah. After four canyons (including a 160 foot rappel in Rock Of Ages Canyon) with multiple raps in each canyon (times four people), the rope still looks great. A little fuzz here and there from pulling the rope over the sandstone, but otherwise, it looks great. We all used a Pirana rappel device--great kit, especially for the heavier (190 pound) climbers.

The C-IV is lightweight and knots well--great static line. I'm going to buy a 120 footer to supplement my two 200 footers and I'll buy the C-IV again. I'm completely happy with this rope.

5 5

Great Canyoneering Rop

Been using this rope for several years. I just bought my second one last month. It has held up really well. The rope is very durable and the dry treatment has held well also. If anyone is looking for a great canyoneering rope this is a great choice.

Can anyone tell me what the tensile breaking...

Can anyone tell me what the tensile breaking strength of this rope is?