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A light durable cord for hard redpoints and all-day routes.
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November 6, 2017
Great Robust Rope
Great rope for pushing grades or a relaxed time at your favorite crag. Very durable and dependable, the sky is your limit with this one. Fresh from the packaging it got a little kinky but with proper rope management it was an easy fix. I don't feel a need to change ropes once I retire my current one.
June 16, 2017
70m is long! this rope is great, 9.8 is a good thickness for durability, as well as transitioning from a thick gym rope... after using an 8.5 i will likely purchase thinner in the future.
January 18, 2017
Worth the $$$?
Great rope, no crazy issues, rock fell on it and lost 20 FT, still truckin. Feel like you're paying for the Sterling name sometimes.
January 20, 2017
Great review, Henry! Bummer on the rock fall!
March 25, 2016
Pretty dang good
I am on my second Evolution Velocity and love it! My first one lasted me about 5 months of continuous use in El Potrero Chico. I used it for both single pitch (lots of projecting) and multi pitch. it handles well and feeds smoothly through both a GriGri and ATC. Great all around rope for sport climbing.
December 14, 2015
My Third One
Best 9.8 I have climbed on. Sterling makes quality ropes for sure. This rope is the right mix of supple and durable. I can't see any reason to use anything thinner for single pitch sport or trad, this is plenty light and soft. If you are a beginner you will tend to abuse your rope abit more so also consider a 10.0. Give soft catches and go direct while hangdogging and this rope will last you a while.
November 17, 2015
Great Sterling Quality
I have multiple ropes, all of tem being sterling. They are extremely durable, fairly light for how strong they are, and i love the bipattern design on this. The 9.8 is a good size for single pitch sport climbs and light enough for long approaches in. It has a really soft feel and clipping with this rope is great
September 13, 2015
I got into sport climbing about 8 months ago and this Sterling was my first rope purchase. I've used it several times now on many different types of routes and I've been super pleased with the durability and how soft the rope catches. The 9.8 diameter is the perfect size for carrying it on longer approaches yet still durable enough for top rope. Only complaint with this rope so far is how easily it coils at first. However after you've flaked it a few times the coiling drastically reduces so just give it some time. I decided on the 70 meter because there's nothing worse than coming up short on those longer pitches. Here my friend Kaylee is belaying with it in Maple Canyon on Monkey Duodenum (a route you're definitely thankful to have a 70 meter on!)
May 26, 2015
Great rope for all types of climbers
Just a nice simple rope. It's taken some massive whippers and loads of top roping, has been travelled with for 8 months and is still going. We've had to cut it a few times now, but it's still holding up so we just use it for shorter routes. Handles well through an ATC, grigri, Mammut Smart, edelrid mega jul. I personally can't afford this rope full price, so my boyfriend and I went halfers on it originally, but if I needed another rope I'd get this one on sale. We got the orange and the colour is great, we haven't seen too many orange ropes around as everyone seems to go blue.
March 23, 2015
Dan Crushing it at the Gorge
Here's a photo of Dan; we've been working together finding him climbing gear for this season. Through the Expert Gearhead program here at Backcountry, Dan and I have been able to work one-on-one to ensure that Dan gets the gear he needs to spend the summer sending routes and problems. Dan's leading the climb with his Sterling Evolution Velocity 9.8mm rope. A nice thinner diameter rope for the days when weight matters. If you have any questions on gear, feel free to shoot me an email any time. (Picture posted with customers permission) Jared D. Expert Gearhead 801.736.4336 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 6, 2015
I picked up the 60m blue and love it. It's light, and has a great feel. It's my first rope and highly recommend it to anyone else looking to get one.
December 14, 2014
It already had some snags on the sheath
I just got this rope and have not had a chance to use it. When I opened it up there where already substantial snags in the sheath of the rope. I understand that I'm being nitpicky and a rope is going to get snags and is going to wear but I would like it to be free of defects out of the box at least. Im sure it was no ones intention to sell a slightly imperfect rope, but for the cost of a rope its worth noting. Im in the process of figuring it out. I'll update on the outcome.
November 16, 2014
Does the job.
This is my first climbing rope. I heard really good things about its durability and figured the price was about right for me so I pulled the trigger on the red one. I've used this rope for about 6 months from spring to fall mostly for leading sport and top-roping. I purchased the 60m, but kind of wished I had gotten the 70m for those longer routes. Pros: -Rope is not too soft, not too stiff, but just right. Creates really good knots and just feels good in your hands. -Pretty durable, so far -Provides nice stretch without stretching too much -Feeds well through ATC device and GriGri. Works well using an ATC in guide mode auto locking, as well. Cons: -No middle mark -Rope gets really dirty, really fast. Not sure if this is just me, but my hands are always black after climbing with this rope. Also, I keep this rope in a rope bag and have even cleaned it once. Still come away with black hands, though. -Out of the package this rope is a nightmare to unknot! Thought it was just mine, but had the same issue with my friend's and brother's Sterling ropes, too. Overall, this rope is great and does the job. Didn't feel like I needed the dry treated rope yet, but I'm thinking of getting into ice climbing this season, so it might be turning into my gym rope soon.
November 30, 2014
I think black hands after belaying is inevitable if you're using an ATC. The heat from the friction on the belay device wears off the aluminum coating. It isn't bad! Thanks for your input!
April 14, 2014
So far so good!
This rope has been soft and workable since its initial use. I've only used it about ten times so far, but every catch has been soft! It's lightweight and smooth, and seems to have a really durable sheath! It does get a bit coiled, so beware of that. All in all though, I like it so far!
February 25, 2014
Love this rope
I got a Sterling Evolution Velocity short rope for gym climbing and couldn't be happier. It's my first Sterling rope and I'm extremely impressed with the hand. It feels remarkably smooth. Mine has taken quite a beating and is still going strong. It is only barely kinky, but the the kinks have a tendency to vanish as they approach your hand. The rope feels light and soft but has just enough stiffness to handle well when clipping or for other rope work.
August 16, 2013
Great so far!
Got this rope a few weeks ago and have climbed on it for a total of about 8 days. Feeds well through my ATC Guide. Everything is pretty much going as expected. Haven't taken any big falls on it yet, but the small falls I have taken suggested a pretty soft catch. Also really like the color I got (Blue). Nothing too extraordinary. Kindof wish I had gone 70m, but I haven't actually needed the extra length yet.
November 26, 2013
most places in the southwest don't need a 70. the best option is to have a 70 in your gear closet for when you need it.
June 18, 2013
I am 3-4 weeks in on this rope, couldn't be happier with it. It's taken my falls and shows no signs of wear yet. Time will tell how durable it is. Wish I had gotten a 70m instead of the 60.
May 13, 2013
Best climbing rope I've come across
I've been using the Sterling Velocity 9.8 for years now and it is the best rope I've come across for sport and trad climbing. I climb outside about 120 days each year, easily taking 500+ whippers annually and this rope will last me about 13-15 months. I like to buy the 70M because it allows me to chop lengths off the rope as it begins to deteriorate and still be able to climb tall routes. Another great thing about this rope is it doesn't fatten up too much with use and is the perfect level of rigidity to make clips easily and belays like a dream. You can't go wrong with this rope.
December 22, 2012
i do a lot of climbing. this is a solid, dependable rope. it's not too fat but not so this that you feel pretty good about taking a few whippers.
September 6, 2012
Love ths rope!
I just purchased the Blue one, looked at it, and there is no center mark on this particular color. Still seem like a good rope, I will update when I get it out on the rock this weekend. OK now that I was able to climb on this a ton, I have found I love this rope!! If a fall is taken I like the catch on this rope. It has held up way nice on the rock. This has not frayed like some of my other ropes. It also seems to keep quite a bit of dirt out of it compared to my other ropes. This is my new favorite rope.
November 21, 2011
I've been using this rope fairly consistently for the last year, 3-4 days a week. I haven't had issues with it gathering dirt too bad and it feeds real nicely through the GriGri2. I also have not seen any considerable signs of wear/tear. Easily noticeable mid mark is a nice feature
February 11, 2015
I will buy a rope to sport climb and multipitch, is a good option this rope? good relation between Price and quality??
February 12, 2015
This is a great all-around rope, and will definitely fit your needs. Given the current sale prices, I'd go with the 70m in blue. It's pretty rare that you need a 70m over a 60m, but when you do you'll be glad you bought it.
December 5, 2013
How does this rope hold up to top rope...
How does this rope hold up to top rope climbing?
Mike D Hilverda
December 5, 2013
This rope is more geared toward sport and trad climbing and I think commenter Chris Irwin below really hits the nail on the head. The rope will serve you well for top roping or trad or sport climbing. But if you are going to be using it mainly for top roping then weight conservation and durability are not your main concerns. While it will work, your money would be better spent on a larger diameter rope like the Sterling 10.4 Marathon or Mammut10.5 Apex Classic.
December 6, 2013
I second that. This rope will work for toproping, but it'll also stretch a lot. I'd buy something thicker (and probably cheaper).
December 25, 2011
In the description table on the left it...
In the description table on the left it says that this rope has a center mark. Just got one, and there's a problem. No center mark. Did this rope individually not get marked, or is the description wrong? What can i do to either get another rope, or to have Backcountry fix the description?
December 25, 2011
Hey Brady, yeah I just checked Sterling's website and they don't mention a center mark, as far as I can tell the only ropes from Sterling with center marks are their "bicolor" ropes... BC.com has so many products that they do get it wrong now and then... when it doubt always reference the mfg's website...
November 18, 2013
Sterling doesn't put middle marks on their ropes. I always use a sharpie with zero issues.
December 14, 2011
On the description it says that this rope...
On the description it says that this rope has a a center mark. But its not a bicolor rope? Can someone explain?
December 15, 2011
A bicolor rope doesn't really have a center mark - it changes patterns at the center and thus you can see it. The center mark on this is basically dyed/inked onto the rope.
July 17, 2010
Tempted to buy this as my first rope....
Tempted to buy this as my first rope. Planning on using it mostly on top roped sport routes, eventually some trad stuff. Durability is perhaps the most important factor to me. Should I be looking at another rope?
August 5, 2011
Top roping tends to put more wear on a rope and if durability is your main concern I would recommend something thicker in diameter, such as 10.0mm-10.5mm. Check out the Sterling Marathon Pro 10.1mm or the Sterling Kosmos 10.2mm. This rope would of course work, but would probably not last as long using it for your intentions.
August 28, 2009
Please, what does it mean STD=standart? And...
Please, what does it mean STD=standart? And what is better for normal climbing on rocks? DRY or STD? Thank for answer. Petr
August 29, 2009
STD does mean standard, and that's the best option for normal climbing. Basically DRY ropes are lighter when wet because they don't absorb water, but STD ropes are lighter when dry because they have no waterproof coating on them. Your call.
January 19, 2010
Petr, there is one other consideration regarding dry ropes -- the dry treatment generally makes the rope more abrasion resistant, so a dry rope will probably wear a little better than its non-dry (standard) cousin.