A super-skinny cord for on-sighting.
With a weight of just 48 grams per meter, the Beal Opera 8.5mm Dry Cover Climbing Rope is ideal when on-sighting demanding sport routes. Thanks to Beal's Unicore technology, the Opera is able to maintain a relatively low impact force rating for when you do take a fall. The rope's supple feel, light weight, and Dry Cover treatment make it versatile enough for mountaineering in a pinch.
- Dry Cover dry treatment
- 7.4 kN impact force rating
- 48g per meter
- 8.5mm diameter
- Item #BEA000L
- Q & A
Much, much heavier than expected!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm surprised by the other reviews. My first thought when I pulled it out of the box was "Wow. That feels heavier than my other ropes." Right out of the box, my Beal Opera 8.5 mm 70 m rope weighs in at nearly nine pounds (8 lbs 14.6 oz), which by my math, comes out to about 57.7 g/m, not the 48g/m in the Beal spec. That's fully 20% heavier than Beal claims. By comparison, on the same scale, my Mammut 9.8 mm 60 m rope weighs in at 8 lbs 10.8 oz (which comes out to 65.5 g/m, very close to the Mammut spec of 64 g/m). I have to guess that it you're looking for a super-light rope for alpine routed deep in the back country, there must be a far lighter option.
Lightest single rope out
You can actually just read Case Turner's review below me but I can add on a little difference between the Beal joker and the Opera. I weighed the 60M Joker and the 60M Opera at a shop and they were only a pound difference. If you're wondering which to get the Opera is the lightest single rope and the Joker is really close to being the lightest single rope but possibly a little more durable because of the diameter.
Single Rope!? YES.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Get that prerequisite out of your head of fat ropes are stronger than thin ropes. Read the technical specification and understand what this rope can do at only 8.5 (UIAA falls and stretch for example). YES, this is a single rope and it's about as skinny as you can go and still get the security of fatter ropes without hauling around all that weight. Always default to manufactures rec commendation on when to retire a rope! This rope can easily double up as a twin or a half if need be.
This is my alpine rope and will become my ice rope this winter (thank you Beal for your amazing dry treatment technology).
- 48 grams per meter
- Received high praise for the OR 2017 Summer Show!
- Super soft and pliable
Word to the wise, make sure to double check the device you use with this diameter. For me, I love throwing this rope into the Edelrid Mega Jul Belay Device.
Get this rope when weight counts! If the thinness of this rope makes you nervous but you have similar objectives like me, I'd suggest the 9.1 Beal Joker.
For when light and fast is key
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This rope is clutch for alpine adventures, traverses, and the like. I used this on a very moderate ridge link up where i needed a rope for a few short stretches of harder climbing, and then it was either packed away or used simul climbing.
It works great as a single line, even for it's diameter, and I've thought that if i ever had to climb a pitch with it that would expose the rope to any sharp edges or a any spots that could cause wear, I could just tie into both ends and have my partner belay me like twin ropes, and have him tie in with a bight to second.
A very versatile tool for the alpine and for long approaches where weight matters - It's also dry treated and ready to rock.