Description

A light durable cord for hard redpoints and all-day routes.

Tie into the Sterling Evolution Velocity 9.8mm Rope for redpoint attempts, onsighting, or long routes where low weight and durability are paramount. Sterling gave the Velocity a stiff feel for easy clipping and reduced drag, and the rope’s revamped core and sheath construction give you a light rope that can stand up to a beating, whether it’s at the local sport crag or ten pitches up a granite buttress.

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3 5

It already had some snags on the sheath

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I just got this rope and have not had a chance to use it. When I opened it up there where already substantial snags in the sheath of the rope. I understand that I'm being nitpicky and a rope is going to get snags and is going to wear but I would like it to be free of defects out of the box at least. Im sure it was no ones intention to sell a slightly imperfect rope, but for the cost of a rope its worth noting.

Im in the process of figuring it out. I'll update on the outcome.

It already had some snags on the sheath
4 5

Does the job.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first climbing rope. I heard really good things about its durability and figured the price was about right for me so I pulled the trigger on the red one. I've used this rope for about 6 months from spring to fall mostly for leading sport and top-roping. I purchased the 60m, but kind of wished I had gotten the 70m for those longer routes.

Pros:
-Rope is not too soft, not too stiff, but just right. Creates really good knots and just feels good in your hands.
-Pretty durable, so far
-Provides nice stretch without stretching too much
-Feeds well through ATC device and GriGri. Works well using an ATC in guide mode auto locking, as well.

Cons:
-No middle mark
-Rope gets really dirty, really fast. Not sure if this is just me, but my hands are always black after climbing with this rope. Also, I keep this rope in a rope bag and have even cleaned it once. Still come away with black hands, though.
-Out of the package this rope is a nightmare to unknot! Thought it was just mine, but had the same issue with my friend's and brother's Sterling ropes, too.

Overall, this rope is great and does the job. Didn't feel like I needed the dry treated rope yet, but I'm thinking of getting into ice climbing this season, so it might be turning into my gym rope soon.

Does the job.
Responded on

I think black hands after belaying is inevitable if you're using an ATC. The heat from the friction on the belay device wears off the aluminum coating. It isn't bad! Thanks for your input!

4 5

So far so good!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rope has been soft and workable since its initial use. I've only used it about ten times so far, but every catch has been soft! It's lightweight and smooth, and seems to have a really durable sheath! It does get a bit coiled, so beware of that. All in all though, I like it so far!

5 5

Love this rope

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got a Sterling Evolution Velocity short rope for gym climbing and couldn't be happier. It's my first Sterling rope and I'm extremely impressed with the hand. It feels remarkably smooth. Mine has taken quite a beating and is still going strong.

It is only barely kinky, but the the kinks have a tendency to vanish as they approach your hand. The rope feels light and soft but has just enough stiffness to handle well when clipping or for other rope work.

Love this rope

How does this rope hold up to top rope...

How does this rope hold up to top rope climbing?

Responded on

This rope is more geared toward sport and trad climbing and I think commenter Chris Irwin below really hits the nail on the head. The rope will serve you well for top roping or trad or sport climbing. But if you are going to be using it mainly for top roping then weight conservation and durability are not your main concerns. While it will work, your money would be better spent on a larger diameter rope like the Sterling 10.4 Marathon or Mammut10.5 Apex Classic.

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I second that. This rope will work for toproping, but it'll also stretch a lot. I'd buy something thicker (and probably cheaper).

4 5

Great so far!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got this rope a few weeks ago and have climbed on it for a total of about 8 days. Feeds well through my ATC Guide. Everything is pretty much going as expected. Haven't taken any big falls on it yet, but the small falls I have taken suggested a pretty soft catch. Also really like the color I got (Blue). Nothing too extraordinary. Kindof wish I had gone 70m, but I haven't actually needed the extra length yet.

Great so far!
Responded on

most places in the southwest don't need a 70. the best option is to have a 70 in your gear closet for when you need it.

4 5

Great rope.

I am 3-4 weeks in on this rope, couldn't be happier with it. It's taken my falls and shows no signs of wear yet. Time will tell how durable it is. Wish I had gotten a 70m instead of the 60.

5 5

Best climbing rope I've come across

I've been using the Sterling Velocity 9.8 for years now and it is the best rope I've come across for sport and trad climbing. I climb outside about 120 days each year, easily taking 500+ whippers annually and this rope will last me about 13-15 months. I like to buy the 70M because it allows me to chop lengths off the rope as it begins to deteriorate and still be able to climb tall routes. Another great thing about this rope is it doesn't fatten up too much with use and is the perfect level of rigidity to make clips easily and belays like a dream. You can't go wrong with this rope.

5 5

love it!

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

i do a lot of climbing. this is a solid, dependable rope. it's not too fat but not so this that you feel pretty good about taking a few whippers.

4 5

Love ths rope!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just purchased the Blue one, looked at it, and there is no center mark on this particular color. Still seem like a good rope, I will update when I get it out on the rock this weekend.
OK now that I was able to climb on this a ton, I have found I love this rope!! If a fall is taken I like the catch on this rope. It has held up way nice on the rock. This has not frayed like some of my other ropes. It also seems to keep quite a bit of dirt out of it compared to my other ropes. This is my new favorite rope.

Love ths rope!

In the description table on the left it...

In the description table on the left it says that this rope has a center mark. Just got one, and there's a problem. No center mark. Did this rope individually not get marked, or is the description wrong? What can i do to either get another rope, or to have Backcountry fix the description?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Brady, yeah I just checked Sterling's website and they don't mention a center mark, as far as I can tell the only ropes from Sterling with center marks are their "bicolor" ropes... BC.com has so many products that they do get it wrong now and then... when it doubt always reference the mfg's website...

Responded on

Sterling doesn't put middle marks on their ropes. I always use a sharpie with zero issues.

On the description it says that this rope...

On the description it says that this rope has a a center mark. But its not a bicolor rope? Can someone explain?

Best Answer Responded on

A bicolor rope doesn't really have a center mark - it changes patterns at the center and thus you can see it. The center mark on this is basically dyed/inked onto the rope.

5 5

Nice Rope

I've been using this rope fairly consistently for the last year, 3-4 days a week. I haven't had issues with it gathering dirt too bad and it feeds real nicely through the GriGri2. I also have not seen any considerable signs of wear/tear. Easily noticeable mid mark is a nice feature

4 5

Good Choice

Sterling makes nice ropes. Runs nicely through pro and a belay device and feels good in the hand. Lighter for longer approaches which is a plus. Have even used it for glacier traversing when a lighter alternative wasn't available. It's held up great with no wear after a year of good use. It's a solid choice for a "do everything" rope

Tempted to buy this as my first rope....

Tempted to buy this as my first rope. Planning on using it mostly on top roped sport routes, eventually some trad stuff. Durability is perhaps the most important factor to me. Should I be looking at another rope?

Best Answer Responded on

Top roping tends to put more wear on a rope and if durability is your main concern I would recommend something thicker in diameter, such as 10.0mm-10.5mm. Check out the Sterling Marathon Pro 10.1mm or the Sterling Kosmos 10.2mm. This rope would of course work, but would probably not last as long using it for your intentions.

4 5

very good rope, 1 annoying thing

I've climbed 30 pitches or so with this rope now and am very happy with its performance. Feels very solid and handles well. My only gripe: a $250 rope should have a marked middle. Come on Sterling, this is standard stuff! So that's why 4 stars. Otherwise, great rope.

5 5

Great Rope

This is one of my more favorite ropes. It runs though the hardware nicely and clips smoothly. Can't speak for durability yet, but as far as an out of the box rope, this rope climbs very well.

Responded on

How durable is the rope?? (Now that you've had it for a while..)

Please, what does it mean STD=standart?
And...

Please, what does it mean STD=standart?
And what is better for normal climbing on rocks? DRY or STD?

Thank for answer.
Petr

Best Answer Responded on

STD does mean standard, and that's the best option for normal climbing. Basically DRY ropes are lighter when wet because they don't absorb water, but STD ropes are lighter when dry because they have no waterproof coating on them. Your call.

Responded on

Petr, there is one other consideration regarding dry ropes -- the dry treatment generally makes the rope more abrasion resistant, so a dry rope will probably wear a little better than its non-dry (standard) cousin.