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Every now and then a revolutionary rope comes along. The Sterling Evolution Velocity Dry Rope, however, is an evolutionary rope. What's the difference? Innovative features and intuitive design mean the Evolution won't already be outdated next season. Sharma himself clips with this vertical workhorse, built to be not too stiff but not too soft.
  • Treated with DryCore to avoid taking on excess water weight in drizzle or on alpine climbs
  • Weighs in at a slim 62 grams per meter
  • ThermoDynamic conditioned yarn yields resilient, reliable performance

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Is this rope marked at the midpoint?

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Is this rope marked at the midpoint?

4 5

Great rope, great price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of the most compelling reasons to buy this rope is the price - it's hard to beat 210 for a dry, less than 10mm, 60m rope. The second is how little it weighs.

Have been using (abusing) this rope extensively on sport, trad, TR, and in the gym for almost a year - washed it once (I'm a bad rope mommy, it needs a bath) and was pleasantly surprised at how clean the rope stays even after dragging it through New England dust and leaves (and mud once, oops).

I actually really like how little dynamic elongation this rope has - I'm about 115, my climbing partner is 140, I've never had problems with the softness of catches. Have yet to take any massive whippers on it (greater than 20ft).

The sheath is pretty tough - some fuzziness after a year, but nothing that's worrying me yet. Only minor annoyance has been the little rubber ends to the rope that refuse to lay flat (I pulled both of them off).

Haven't had any problems with twisting... I store it flaked and lose - with both ends tied - in my rope bag.

Would probably buy this rope again, but would spring for the bipattern.

5 5

It works.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This rope does it's job but I am a bit disappointed by how it doesn't stretch all that much. I prefer a slightly more forgiving rope for lead falls. But it's appearance is appealing, and it works the way I want it to so I can't complain to much. As said before, it does tend to coil quite a bit in the beginnings as well.

UPDATE (4 months later): Rope stretch has gotten better. Have taken a few good falls on it and it is fairly comfortable to fall on. The coiling stops after a good amount of use, of course it still happens occasionally when using a GriGri. A few people don't enjoy using an original GriGri with this rope, I don't mind. I just treat it more like an ATC. The sheath does show dirtiness extra well! But it may just be because I climb a lot of red rock where sand is inevitable.

2 5

Tends to coil

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this rope about 3 months ago. I was really excited about it because its my first rope and I immediatly fell in love with it, I loved the color and it seemed to perform fine. I use it every weekend on sports routes. However, I just returned from a weeklong climbing trip and was really disappointed at how much it coiled and twisted. So much so that I had to run it through once or twice before each climb! In the end I decided to use my partners rope instead because it was too much of a hassle to climb with this one. I will not be buying it again

4 5

Solid rope at the price

First of all, as other reviewers have noted, this rope has a tendency to be a little twisty. I ran mine through an ATC a few times, and that got rid of most of the problem. Now, the Evolution is a great-clipping, affordable, and reasonable lightweight do-it-all rope. I've had it for one heavy season of use, and it's holding up well--some fraying on the sheath, but with that much use, it is to be expected.

Bottom line: great rope, great price.

4 5

Good, not great

I bought an 80M Sterling Evolution Velocity and chopped it in two to use as a Gym lead rope. This is my third rope from Sterling (the others being Marathon Pro and Fusion Ion2 ) and I was hoping it would be as awesome as the others (and they are awesome). But, this rope is a little short from greatness...

Pros: reasonable price point. Seems durable. Has good amount of stretch to use as a lead rope.

Cons: Has a tendency to twist, especially when new. Isn't as supple as other Sterling ropes and seems to develop flat spots when used repeatedly in a single day.

Climbing with the Velocity Dry Rope!

Climbing with the Velocity Dry Rope!

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Still loving this rope! Such a great price for the quality/durability. Just wished the center of the rope was marked.

4 5

Tough light-weight rope!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was impressed at how light this rope is. It has a burly sheath, that preforms great in and out of rain showers due to the drycore. Perfect rope for anytime of climbing weather that is cragging or multipitch. Just wish there was a center mark for convenience. Can't beat this rope for the price!

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


It doesn't coil if maintained properly, doesn't get dirty quickly, and is BY FAR the smoothest handling rope I HAVE EVER USED!!!

ITS WORTH THE COST, 100% satisfied with these ropes!

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STILL HAPPY with it after many uses! Sterling makes the best ropes on the planet.

5 5

First Climb

Just took it out for the first climb last weekend and I'm very impressed with the quality.

5 5

Best Sport Rope.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rope is a work horse. I always here people rag on this rope because it only gets 6 falls. However, the sheath on this thing is bomber! it is by far the most durable solid sheath on the market. In the long run, this rope lasts longer than other ropes with more fall ratings. I have used this same rope for about 3 years of solid 3 to 4 times a week hard sport climbing. The rope's manufacture recommends retiring it much earlier than that. I inspect this thing all the time and it truly lasts for a long time. I just got a second one with this dry treatment and will never get anything other than a dry treated Sterling rope. Great product, takes big whippers, clips very nicely, looks super rad and hold's up.
Another note to mention is people tend to complain about how dirty these things get. I have found with using the GRI GRI 2 that is not an issue. Get the new GRI GRI as it handles much better with these range of ropes. The dirt is much easier to clean that the original, thus eliminating the dirty issue.