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Best Climbing Ropes of 2015

By: Mike Schneiter

Best Climbing Ropes of 2015

To conduct our 2015 climbing rope test, test director Mike Schneiter used these ropes for a minimum of 30 climbing days each while sport and trad climbing in Western Colorado on limestone, granite, quartzite and a variety of sandstones. He compared them side by side rating them on our five main criteria—handling, resistance to dirt, durability, features, versatility. The Gear Institute Rating is the combined score across all categories, representing the highest overall level of performance.

Trango Catalyst

91

2015

Trango Catalyst

The Trango Catalyst is a 9.0mm dynamic climbing rope with Unicore technology bonding the sheath and core and a DuoDry treatment of the sheath and core. 

Edelrid Eagle Light

89

2015

Edelrid Eagle Light

The Edelrid Eagle Light is a 9.5mm dynamic single climbing rope.

Metolius Monster 10.2

88

2015

Metolius Monster 10.2

The Metolius Monster is a 10.2mm dynamic single climbing rope.

Millet Silver Triaxiale

87

2015

Millet Silver Triaxiale

The Millet Silver Triaxiale is a high-performing 9.8mm rope that is great for sport climbers who want a durable rope with great handling characteristics.

Trango Lotus

86

2015

Trango Lotus

The Trango Lotus is a 9.9mm dynamic single climbing rope with a dry treated sheath.

About the Author

Mike Schneiter

Mike Schneiter

Mike Schneiter is an AMGA-trained alpine and rock guide, founder of Glenwood Climbing Guides and longtime climbing and outdoor educator with Colorado Mountain Colorado, based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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