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Blue Water Icon Double Dry Climbing Rope - 9.1mm

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    10 Reviews


    A skinny with a thick skin.

    Endowed with a tight braid and an extra thick sheath, the Blue Water Icon Double Dry 9.1mm Climbing Rope brings a new level of durability to the world of ultra-skinny redpoint cords. As a result of seeking lower weights and smaller diameters, skinny singles have traditionally been prone to short lifespans. Thanks to the Icon's 35% sheath mass, this rope can provide the featherlight performance serious sport climbers need with reduced drag, increased abrasion resistance, and a longer lifespan.

    • Double dry treatment provides smooth and supple handling in wet conditions
    • 8.8 KN impact force rating and 32.7% dynamic elongation ensure soft catches when you whip off your project
    • UIAA fall rating of five ensures the rope has ample strength for redpoint burns
    • A featherlight 55 grams per meter won't hold you back when you sprint for the chains
    • 35% sheath mass and a tight braid reduce drag and give this skinny rope increased durability
    • 9.1mm diameter places the Icon among the skinniest single ropes available
    • Available in 60m and 70m lengths
    • Item #BWR3217

    Tech Specs

    9.1 mm
    Dry Treatment
    yes, Double Dry
    Static Elongation
    Dynamic Elongation
    Impact Force
    8.8 kN
    UIAA Falls
    Claimed Weight
    55 g/m
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    so far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I just got this rope and initial impressions are good. I have used it on ice in wet conditions and was pleased how it repelled H2o and did not ice up.
    I like the idea of using one rope on technical ice....less clutter and this rope is a really good diameter in my opinion. I also like that the rope changes color at the mid point.

    Best rope ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I initially bought one of these ropes for longer routes. Extremely impressed with how my first Icon handled and wore, I now have a few of them and they're pretty much my go-to ropes for everything. In 25 years of climbing I've owned or used just about every rope out there - Bluewater Icons are the best ropes I've used.

    perfect balance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm on my third and I keep coming back to this cord for a reason. The weight is amazing, the sheath is strong and handles well after break-in, it catches soft and can be used in every application. This is the best all-around cord I've ever used. It takes a serious beating compared to other skinny ropes out there and keeps going. Awesome for longer pitches or pitches that wander, clipping with rope drag isn't a big deal with this line. Get one!

    The Lightest and Most Versatile Rope

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Apprentice Rock Guide who uses this rope as much in single pitch terrain (terrain most of us would deem too abusive for a skinny rope) as in multi-pitch terrain. This past year was the first year I began using the Icon after using many other Blue Water models that I really like and it performed exceptionally well.

    It moves very easily through my plaquette device at belays, saving my shoulders from abuse and is supple enough to stack neatly into a nice beehive at my feet on small belay ledges. This makes it very easy for my clients to handle, which means more safety for me!

    It's tough sheath has survived a full year of top-roping abuse and is still going strong.

    If I had a rope that was ever my "go-to" for most situations, the Icon is it!

    The Lightest and Most Versatile Rope


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Light, runs well, takes a helluva beating. Great for leading and for tons of toproping and holds up really well. I've had thin ropes that haven't had the longevity because of the amount of climbing I do, and I've had thicker ropes that have held up great but you really feel the weight on longer leads. This grabs the best from both worlds. If I just HAD to mewl I'd wish it was bi-color but with how pleased I am with its performance I'll keep the five star rating without hesitation


    Perfect Multi Pitch / Long Approach Rope

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My partner Nick flew out from New Hampshire to Vegas and then we drove over to Red Rocks for a week of solid climbing. It was a blast! Nick decided to bring his Blue Water Icon Double Dry 9.1mm rope with him and holy heck was I in love with that rope.

    I'm use to climbing on some fat ropes. My normal work house is a Sterling 10.2mm which I love. I have a Mammut Infinity 9.5mm but this Blue Water

    My initial thoughts were about how much less friction there would be in the system, primarily at my belay device, but this thing did a great job catching and not having a problem with my Petzl Reverso4 at all. Mentally I was concerned over the 9.1mm diameter, but after a few climbs it was pure-awesomeness. We had the 70 meter version which came in super handy since a few of the climbs we got on were a bit on the longer side where a 60 meter rope wouldn't have worked out so nicely.

    The rope had a bit of a stiff feel to it, after a few days it softened a little bit. I'm not a fan of super stiff ropes or ropes that are super soft. I like a rope that has a good balance of both, and I felt like the Icon Double Dry met that requirement.

    At first I was curious how it would be catching a fall with this rope. I had zero issues with having enough friction in the system. Locking off was easy. For rappelling adding a prusik is a must (really for any rappel) but a little extract friction from my auto-block was nice since it gave me the option of going hands free if I needed to clean a piece of pro that was being finicky.

    Plain and simple, bi-pattern is the way to go. We climbed on an Icon Double Dry that was not a bi-pattern. Nick had middle marked it though. But I definitely prefer the bi-pattern when there is a good amount of rappelling or if I find myself stitching pitches together.

    Multi Pitch:
    On our first climb in Black Velvet Canyon was an easy multi pitch climb. When I got to the first set of bolts and set my anchor I began pulling the rope up and that was when I noticed how light the rope really was. Most of the time hauling the rope up feels like an endless task. This was effortless and I didn't feel like I just hauled 35-40 meters of rope up. For long multi pitch days, this 9.1mm is the way to go.

    Long Approaches:
    Since yours truly has a low clearance Ford Focus, driving the rough dirt/rock road into Black Velvet Canyon became a bit tough so we ended up finding a spot, and parking the car. Then we hoofed it the 2 miles to the trail head. Having a 9.1mm rope that only weights 55g/m made the approach a lot more enjoyable than if we had a rope in the 65-75g/m range. So if you have a long approach, this is the rope to look at.

    All in all, if you're looking for an awesome lightweight rope, the Blue Water Icon Double Dry 9.1mm is the rope to go with.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.
    Expert Gearhead

    From the Manufacturers Mouth

    Watch more features about this rope from David Long the sales manager (and head of customer service) at BlueWater.

    Read the story behind how the Icon (and 9.3mm Wave) were created at:

    Light Four Man Mountaineering Protection

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I grabbed this for a more trusting rope when leading teams of more then two on PNW glaciers. Fast drying and light compared to many others in this size. It is also a rope that many of my friends use while working at RMI Expeditions. I so like this rope that I recently purchased one as a gift to my favorite charity for their yearly Mt. Rainier attempts.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I grabbed the non-dry treated version of this rope in a 70m. It weighs nothing and its a super soft catch. It's skinny in the belay device but rapping on it is no problem, it grips in the device well and doesn't feel sketchy. It feeds through a gri-gri very well and catches well too. This is a sick rope, feel secure, save weight

    Good so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had about 10 days of ice on this rope so far and it's done very well except in one case. That day it was wet and cold, and the rope froze pretty badly. However, on that day, given the low temperatures and the amount of water blowing on us from an adjacent waterfall I don't think any rope would have made it through without becoming a cable. Most of our other gear froze as well.

    Strongest Most Durable 9mm in the WORLD!

      In my opinion this is the best lead line in the world today. The perfect balance of weight and durability. I have climbed on so many ropes I could never count them, but this rope is special, like a secret weapon in my quiver. I try to shave weight wherever I can, but other 9mm lead lines I've climbed on felt dicey, and were shredded after a few climbs. Because of the super thick sheath and tight weave on this rope it handles like magic and lasts longer than most ten mils I've climbed on. And I can say from experience that Bluewater has by far the best dry treatment of any rope I've tried. If you factor in that this rope will last much longer and is much stronger and handles better than the competition, there really is no reason to buy any other 9mm lead line. As an added bonus you are supporting a very cool Family owned company that hand inspects every rope and takes pride in making the best ropes out there!

      Strongest Most Durable 9mm in the WORLD!
      Unanswered Question

      is the longer rope size 70m or 80m? the description says 70, but the "select style and size" drop down says 80

      The Blue/Green, 60m is $189.95, the...

      The Blue/Green, 60m is $189.95, the Blue/Green, 70m is $189.95, the Sprout/Red, 60m is $220.00, the Sprout/Red, 70m is $220.00. It's an obvious mistake - both 60m should be $189.95 and both 70m should be $220.

      Anyway, it's a cool option to get a 70m double dry skinny lead rope for $190 + tax + free shipping!

      Does this rope have a middle mark?

      Does this rope have a middle mark?