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Use the 6mm to rap on, lightweight and great for those quick missions!
seems like the right choice
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought 4mm cord from the outlet for running and lashing lines on a winter camping 'snow walker' type toboggan I'm building. Other winter campers have used similar cord for lines on their toboggans so I was confident it would work. The cord is easy to tie/untie, is stronger than hardware store ropes, seems very abrasion resistant, and has a slight stiffness that should make it easy to use in cold conditions with gloved hands. At the outlet price, it cost the same or less than many hardware store ropes and is a superior product. We've only had the toboggan out a few times so far, so I can't say much about the cord's long term durability. If durability is on par with its performance in the other areas, I will be a very happy camper.
Would anyone consider using the 8mm as a...
Would anyone consider using the 8mm as a rappel line for canyoneering or caving?
I would not recommend that. Get a climbing rope.
It would never be my first choice. You could use it in conjunction with a climbing rope as a pull line, thus giving you the full 60/70 meters of climbing rope. However, for canyoneering and/or caving, you'd want a static (as long as you never plan on climbing on it) rope with a water treatment, 9-11 mm. If you're only using it for canyoneering/caving - a climbing rope is overkill as you don't need the elastic properties.
Blue water and Sterling make several canyoneering ropes sold here. My favorite is the Sterling C-IV. Very lightweight and Technora sheath. Has some buoyancy so it helps your rope bag float better. You can also buy an Imlay Canyon Rope but with C-IV available for same price here when on sale the C-IV is a better choice