Fly up long approaches and sketchy redpoints with the super lightweight Sterling Fusion Nano 9.2mm Dry Climbing Rope.
You'll be amazed at the strength and durability of the Sterling Fusion Nano 9.2mm DryCore Climbing Rope. At such a small diameter, reduced rope drag lets the Sterling Nano float over rocks and through biners like a buttered baby on a water slide. But skinny don't mean flimsy—Sterling double-treats the Nano with their patented DryCore process, strengthening the core and the sheath. Use the Sterling Fusion Nano Rope for onsight climbs, redpoints, and alpine routes when weight and speed are of the essence.
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I ordered two 70 meter 9.2 Sterling Nanos from this site. One arrived okay, the other arrived dinged in about twelve spots, including one that was very deep and no way I could keep it. So I arranged a return (which Backcountry.com was very friendly and cooperative about). But then the replacement rope arrived with a deep ding also! It was only about ten inches from the end (and it was only one ding), so I decided to just keep the rope rather than go through dealing with a second return. But they really need to look at why two out of three ropes sent me were damaged in the packaging/shipping process.
If you're looking for the ultimate sport climbing rope, this one is IT! Has all the advantages of a fatter cord with much less weight and rope drag. I have had this rope for two years, with at least 150 climbing days on it and it still the sheath is intact with minimal wear. The greatest advantage of such a thin rope is not so much the weight but rather the virtual elimination of signficant rope drag. The difference is amazing. So imagine you are red pointing a 100 ft. steep sport pitch where the rope winds it way thru 13 or 15 quick draws and you go to pull up the rope and it's EASY. Seems like you just eliminated at least 10 pounds of effective weight! This rope also handles beautifully and compacts into a small package.
Only Cons: You probably should use a Grigri 2 rather than the older one although the older one will work on it. It's definitely harder to boink on but a prusik will solve that problem. It should be reserved for on sighting and redpointing as opposed to the "workout cord". Since it's intended purpose is for the former, that way it will last even longer.
After initial impressions, this rope definitely held up to the abuse of a weekend warrior sport climber in Boulder, CO. Granted, I've gotten more into trad lately, but I think that if you're reasonably nice to this rope, you will see it go a long way. It went through trips to Red Rocks, trad in Eldo, and tons of trips up into Boulder Canyon.
-strong, durable, and held up to abuse
-great to fall on with a nice dynamic elongation
-light even at 70m
-if immediately straightened, this rope will not tangle often at all
-picks up dirt/grime easily so definitely use a tarp whenever possible
-for toproping, this will not be your rope- too much static elongation and frustrating to climb back up 5 feet that you just did unless your belayer is keeping you VERY tight
Overall, I would suggest this rope for those looking to break into harder sport grades. It's light and reliable. If you or your friends will be doing top-rope or tradding, this is probably too thin and will have too much static elongation for you. Great rope that I would suggest to most. As this rope's life was coming to an end, a buddy was playing around and went over a sharp ledge and almost completely cut the rope. It took a nice core shot toward the end, so I cut it shorter while my I decided on my next rope. It will be the slightly wider Sterling Evolution Velocity bicolor...
This rope is the money for alpine climbing! You'll barely feel it on your back or in your pack on the approach. The small diameter and light weight makes handling it a breeze while leading or setting up belays. It lacks the durability of many fatter ropes but it's not meant for everyday use. Check out the Marathon pro for your workhorse! Another excellent product from Sterling!
The 9.2 Fusion Nano was the perfect rope for the Grand Traverse. Offering a perfect combo of lightweight and good durability for the raps over sharp edges.
This rope feeds so very smoothly but you have to keep an eye on it in an older GriGri (no problems in the new GriGri2) at all. As all Sterling ropes, this thing has a great hand feel and I'm pretty psyched on the super bright pink color which pops more in photos and is sort of fun. This is not the thinnest cord I've used (9.1 Beal Joker) but is a great compromise for the weight. I'm not expecting to get more than a year out of this rope but I climb a lot so it's not a huge surprise as it was not designed or engineered for longevity.
The sheath is wearing much faster than I would like. Probably have ~40 pitches of trad on this rope and the sheath is showing tons of deepish abrasions. No core shots yet. It also seems to love the dirt.
It is super light and handles smooth, but I wouldn't buy it again.
I bought this rope (60m bi-color) with the idea of taking it on long approaches into alpine environments, and it hasn't disappointed me yet. The thin diameter does take some getting used to, but once your up a pitch all thoughts of the rope being thin go out the window as you focus in on the main objective--getting to the top.
After 3 trips to the Lone Peak area in the Wasatch Front, and a week long trip on the long routes of Tuolumne Meadows, CA this rope has held up great with only 1 small sheath scuff. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a lightweight lead rope they can trust in the mountains.
This rope has held up to a bunch of daytrips out to Boulder Canyon for sport climbing. It has a nice feel to it as a belayer, doesn't pick up much in the way of dirt/grime, and is super light when clipping biners at the top of a climb. I've also used a friend's Fusion Nano while ice climbing and it was awesome in those conditions as well. Only small gripe is that some friends think it's too thin and are scared to climb on it- their loss!
Got this rope about a month ago and it seems to be holding up fine. It feels very similar to the Joker that it was bought to replace (which held up well for 3 years of weekend use). The Nano does seem to handle slightly stiffer, and the sheath seems more durable, but only time will tell. It also seems to be slightly thinner than the Joker (which is a 9.1), and every time out I get some kind of "is that a half rope?" comment. The intended use is alpine climbs, long slab pitches, and travelling, where space and weight is an issue. I don't intend to TR or sport climb on it, but I probably will at some point anyway.
One complaint, no center mark. I'll probably add one, but it I would have preferred they dip it in some well-tested rope dye at the factory rather than take a random Sharpie to it.
Pat's review said this thing stands up to alot of abuse, but after 2 days of guiding on it, the rope had 2 core shots! The sheath literally seems to be deteriorating to the touch, quite scary really. Maybe I just got a bad cord, but your money is more wisely spent on another rope.
Is the middle of the rope marked?
The only color that is marked in the middle is the Purple Bi-Color. The Blue and Yellow are continuous with the same color all the way throughout the rope.
The only color that is marked in the middle is the Purple Bi-Color. The Blue and Yellow are continuous with the same color all the way throughout the rope.
Hey backcountry, pull yo ur S#*t together. This is not made in china. its made in USA
True. Also, chill.
Janet Bergman and Freddie Wilkinson rapping after the FA of Peak 5394, Parbati Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Super light and darn tough! I have used this cord on 2 seperate trips in the Himalaya. Every time I got back to camp after climbing a big snowy/rocky alpine route and was going over the ropes to look for damage I have always found myself shaken my head thinking "how did this thing not get worked?", bottom line is it's the toughest 9.2 on the planet! Although, the Nano is probly not the best rope for "working" your proj, but you can count on it for the send!!