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The Sterling Marathon Sport 10.4mm Rope is sure to be your bread-and-butter line whether you always use the same rope or have a box full of them. Incredibly durable sheath construction and excellent handling characteristics make the Marathon Sport an ideal rope for both crag-side clip-ups and long trad climbs. The Marathon is burly enough to withstand a few routes up the Big Stone, but it is more at home protecting your butt on a long runout than dealing with jumars and hauling.

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Hello, I am jsut starting back climbing...

Hello, I am jsut starting back climbing after a 15 year break and am looking to replace my old gear. I live in the southest and will be starting back sport climbing and top roping primarily sandstone routes. So, I have a lot of questions, but for now as far as the rope is concerned, is the Sterling Marathon Sport a good choice?



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Tim this is a great choice. I think anything between 10 and 10.5mm is a good option for primarily toproping and doing a bit of leading for shorter routes. This rope feels particularly nice in the hand for being as fat as it is and I'd say you can't go wrong.


My crag rope

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

I decided to write this review because I will finally retire this rope. This rope was my crag rope for the last 4 years. If I had to conservatively guess, I was using it on average once a week depending on who brought their ropes out. The more I used it, the more I was surprised by its durability since it has such a great hand. Unlike the modern rope trend right now, it is a little thicker and a little heavier, but I may buy it again even though I already have the Marathon Pro (10.1). Great hand. Fantastic durability. Excellent beater rope.


My Primary Sport Rope

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

I love this rope. awesome all-around rope for playing around in wet conditions( I live in the Pacific Northwest, it's always wet here).



    The Sterling Marathon series are great ropes. My first was the Marathon Ultra 10.8, i think, and was a real workhorse. It held a lot of falls and took a lot of drag. I eventually cut about 15 feet off each end and continued using it. Now I use it for hanging TRs. I just got the Marathon sport in green this fall and enjoyed using it just as much. For my money I'll take a big rope that is gonna hold up, how many of us really need a sub 10mm rope?


    Good value..

      Burly rope. Though the description states it's better for free climbing than wall climbing, I gotta say it has lasted through some pretty long wall rts in Canada - wet, loose, sharp crystals everywhere - I still use the same cord for working hard free climbs!