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Edelweiss Curve ARC 9.8mm Unicore Climbing Rope

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    20 Reviews


    You never liked gravity, anyway.

    Edelweiss set out to refine climbing gear performance standards with the Curve ARC 9.8mm Climbing Rope. Tie in below your project with confidence knowing that the Curve's low impact force rating of just 7.8 kN and dynamic elongation of nearly 40% means you'll enjoy a soft fall if gravity winds up getting the best of you. If not, then you'll dance your way up that face without feeling bogged down thanks to its narrow 9.8-millimeter diameter and low rope weight of just 61 grams per meter.
    • Item #EDL0023

    Tech Specs

    9.8 mm
    Static Elongation
    Dynamic Elongation
    UIAA Falls
    Impact Force
    7.8 kN
    Sheath Construction
    Perform 3, HD Cover
    Claimed Weight
    61 g/m
    Recommended Use
    rock climbing, sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Still stiff after a year of use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this rope in 70m to use trad climbing where the extra 10m often comes in handy, especially when rappelling. The weight and durability of this rope are just fine but one thing about it bothers me. It's just STIFF. Try throwing a clove hitch onto an anchor and half the time this rope wants to roll rather than grab and lock into the hitch. That's kind of dangerous in a trad environment. My other two ropes are a Mammut Infinity and a Tendon. I'd buy either of those before repeating the purchase of this rope.

    Bad Sheath

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After 4 years of beating up my old Sterling Evolution Velocity, I had no sheath fraying. After one climb and now 2 years of climbing on this rope, the sheath is frayed in many spots. It also turned black after about 2 uses. The sheath material may be quite poor in comparison with other products. Let me also note that I do not take very big lead falls if at all and use a rope bag religiously to try to keep it clean.

    Bad Sheath

    Reunited and it feels so good!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So I got this rope about 2 years ago and it was stolen out the back of my car! I was so devastated! It was the perfect rope in length, size and all that jazz. Anyway I have been praying and hoping that we would get it back in stock and we did! I'm so stoked to be climbing back on this rope and I think it's the perfect size for big wall, sport or trad and it offers soft catches and I love the way it feels in my hands ( I have small hands). If you are looking for an awesome rope look no further!

    Best in its class.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As far as 9.8mm ropes are concerned, I believe Edelweiss's Curve rope is the best in the business. It has an outstanding UIAA count, a stretchy dynamic elongation, and a low impact fall for a soft catch. I've been using this rope on multipitches, single-pitch sport, and the gym nearly every day for a year now, and I think it should last for the next season or so, which is really long for the huge amount of climbing I do. In regards to the sheath, don't worry if you see some fuzzy fraying early on; that's sort of expected and won't harm the rope's reliable durability.

    Best in its class.


      I have used this rope TEN TIMES and it has already started to fray. I have not climbed on any sharp cliffs and not even taken a lead fall! Awful rope. It has been 60 days so backcountry will not return the rope and let me purchase another one. Very disappointed in backcountry. I heard good things about Edelweiss and have never been so disappointed in a climbing purchase. I have been climbing since 2007 and have a lot of experience with gear.

      DO NOT BUY THIS ROPE!!! And make sure you read backcountry's return policy so you don't get screwed.

      Hi! I had a similar experience with my Edelweiss rope. I think it makes total sense that backcountry would not take it back, or any other company. However, I contacted the manufacturer, Edelweiss, directly, and they were super helpful! They got back to me right away, and replaced my rope in a very timely fashion. Maybe give that a try!

      I had a similar fraying experience, but I don't think it's something to worry over however. Most ropes with this new sheathing process (eventually every rope will have this process) has a lot of fraying going on (so eventually every rope will fray in a similar way). My Curve started fraying the moment I got it, and I've climbed on it every day for the past year without any worries.

      Anyone else seeing these?

      I bought this rope years ago. I've only climbed on it 10 times, it's stored properly, and still clean. It happened at three different spots. It looks cosmetic and I can't see any core.

      Anyone else seeing these?

      Great rope all around!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My friend and I split this rope for indoor climbing and it's been fantastic. Great price for a great rope. It has *a lot of stretch* which does make for soft catches. Only complain is that it can get a bit twisty when flaking - but I've seen much worse.

      My favorite rope.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I believe this is my second time purchasing this rope. Why switch to something else when this one is just perfect? I've taken to crags and big walls, never having a problem at either spot. Superlight, high UIAA falls, and a water-resistant coating are some of my favorite things, and this rope has all of them and more. Its only drawback is being super stretchy, lowering you a good five or ten feet if you fall. To that I say, just don't fall.

      Great rope!

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

      I used this bad boy the other day while sport climbing with co-workers, Grant Kates and Jane Hwang. I must say I was pretty happy when they pulled this beautiful shiny brand new rope out and asked me to give it the first lead.

      Of course, all ropes are going to be awesome when you give em your first run. But this rope in particular seemed so easy and fluid to climb on that you kinda forget it's there. Very light and easy to clip and has a good amount of elongation to provide your climber with a soft catch (Grant was lucky enough to put the rope to the true test that day )?:)

      All in all, a great rope. In fact, so great that I bought one myself as soon as I got home. Can't wait to pick it up this week! Thanks for the pics Jane! while you still can!!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Edelweiss does it again with the ARC Curve. I have to say this rope is pretty awesome and it's going fast!!! so grab one while you can! The size is just right and 70m is always awesome! If you are looking for a great rope for a great price get this one! I love the 9.8 size because it's light, easy to tie knots with and isn't too much for your hands to handle while belaying. Also it threads through a ATC/grigri with little effort. Normally people would be like "well isn't dry treatment better?" and I say yeah if you are climbing near bodies of water often or live on the coast. But here in Utah it's really not a problem so that is why I went with a non dry treated rope. I really can't say anything bad about this rope it's great indoor and outdoor and will last you a long time. UIAA fall rating is pretty high and you can't go wrong with a bipatten rope it just makes thing so much easier! If you have any questions at all just hope on our live chat and ask for me Jane H. and I'll be happy to answer your questions! while you still can!!!

      Best rope in its class

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Versatile: mid-light but super strong (9 UIAA Falls is spectacular for a 9.8) so it's not painful to drag up a wall, durable bi-pattern (super important for taking guesswork out of rappelling and belaying, knowing if your rope will last the route), good dynamic stretch, and most importantly a great price (for the feature set)!

      All of my climbing buddies have this rope, and we all love it.

      Best rope I've used...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've had this rope for 2 years now, it has seen countless climbs and has held up incredibly. Only a few very minor burrs on its sheath and it has always been incredibly smooth. Bi-pattern is a nice comfort when you're setting up a descent a few pitches up, and the 9.8 is a nice diameter to rappel on. At 37% dynamic elongation (stretch) it absorbs falls like a pillow absorbs heads. I use the 70 meter length and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market.

      Best rope out there.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      From multipitch to sport cragging, this is the best rope I've used. It's lightweight, durable, and has easy handling. I love taking this rope out and will probably stick with the Curve for many years.

      Stretchy lead

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Pay attention to those elongation figures kids. Your friends who're new to climbing or all-around hang-doggers won't be psyched to be top roping on this guy.

      Once you're off the deck a ways though, it sure gives a soft landing.

      Climbed with the rope a bunch in Thailand and Japan, worked well, felt good in the hands.

      Black hands syndrome

        I've been climbing exclusively on Edelweiss ropes for at least 15 years, and was very satisfied 'til now. The ARC 9.8 is my first under 10mm and isn't very durable, and makes hands filthy ( I'm not a "clean Type"either). I may have 30-40 days on this rope, max, and there are several frayed spots in the sheath. No hangdoggin ,and no big whippers. I washed it for the first time, after the first weekend this year, and ten mostly light days later black hands again. I'm in the market for a new rope... manufacturer

        Exactly what I ordered

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is a mid-weight rope that is heavy enough for abuse and confidence, but light enough to make it worth carrying. Like all new Edelweiss ropes its a little stiff and slippery out of the box, but I love they way these things handle. I'll report on wear characteristics after a couple of months of heavy use.

        Long term report - This thing just came back from a two week trip hangdogging in Kalymnos having held up great.

        Italian Stallion

          I bought this rope for a two week sport climbing trip on prickly Italian limestone. The rope performed brilliantly. I flaked the rope out three times before climbing on it, since my 20+ years of climbing experience has shown that most brand new ropes get kinky (not in a good way) if you don't. It handles well, is smooth yet feels tough enough to give you confidence to take whippers without wondering about your rope. I haven't had it long enough to know how durable it will be, but so far so great!

          includes bag to the rope?

          includes bag to the rope?

          So I'm going to update this... I bought the Edelweiss Element II ARC and it did not come with a bag. I returned that rope and got the SuperEverDry version without the ARC and it came with quite a simple over-the-shoulder bag, with a ground sheet (thin and silky though...) built right in. I guess it varies.