Michael U.wrote a review of Sterling Velocity Sharma Standard Climbing Rope - 9.8mm on June 25, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have always been a huge Mammut and Beal rope fan. I decided to TRY a Sterling for the 1st time - mainly b/c I really liked the color and pattern - and heard Sterling had a good reputation. 1st - I am no longer a fan of ropes LESS than at least a 10.2 - 10.5, even 11mm. While lighter, I think one gives up something when it comes to durability, sheath and/or core thickness = hence durability. My rope gut shreadded to the core when top roping (very careful rigging to avoid abrasion) when my Mammut 10.5 has taken a beating, and then some, and still looks great, and cost me $40 LESS than the Sterling. I personally won't buy another one.