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    23 Reviews


    A light durable cord for hard redpoints and all-day routes.

    Tie into the Sterling Evolution Velocity 9.8mm Rope for redpoint attempts, onsighting, or long routes where low weight and durability are paramount. Sterling gave the Velocity a stiff feel for easy clipping and reduced drag, and the rope’s revamped core and sheath construction give you a light rope that can stand up to a beating, whether it’s at the local sport crag or ten pitches up a granite buttress.
    • Item #STE0028

    Tech Specs

    9.8 mm
    Static Elongation
    Dynamic Elongation
    Impact Force
    8.8 kN
    UIAA Falls
    Claimed Weight
    62 g/m
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great Robust Rope

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Great rope

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Pretty dang good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    My Third One

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    My Third One

    Great Sterling Quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    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

    Total Recoil

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    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!)

    Total Recoil

    Great rope for all types of climbers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Great rope for all types of climbers

    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


    Dan Crushing it at the Gorge

    It already had some snags on the sheath

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    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.

    It already had some snags on the sheath

    Does the job.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    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.


    -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.


    -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.

    Does the job.

    So far so good!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    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!

    Love this rope

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Love this rope

    Great so far!

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

    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.

    Great so far!

    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.

      Love ths rope!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      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.

      Love ths rope!

      Nice Rope

        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

        I will buy a rope to sport climb and multipitch, is a good option this rope? good relation between Price and quality??

        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.

        How does this rope hold up to top rope...

        How does this rope hold up to top rope climbing?

        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.

        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?

        Best Answer

        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... has so many products that they do get it wrong now and then... when it doubt always reference the mfg's website...

        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?

        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?

        Best Answer

        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.

        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.

        Best Answer

        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.