Re: [RockyBobby] Next step after top rope?(NC Climbing)
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as far as ropes go - that is one place where I do think it pays to be picky. and usually better ropes do cost more - but it's money well paid.
the best rope I ever owned was an Edelrid. that rope was head and shoulders above any other rope because of it's "workability". it was much less prone to kinking. you'll notice it if you work with ropes a lot .... coil and uncoil them. some behave a lot better than others. it's due to the care put into the rope construction when they are made, and how parts of the rope are twisted. it's definitely worth owning a good rope - especially if you do a lot of lead climbing. there's nothing more annoying that having a problem of getting enough "rope feed" because your rope has kinked and is twisted up on a biner.
i'm not advocating that you spend money for the sake of paying high prices. but generally if you buy better climbing harnesses from well-known brands ... you are also getting better gear. more comfortable and better safety testing. so when it comes to critical items - like ropes, harnesses, locking biners (your belay biner), rappel devices - it's worth dealing with companies that have an excellent reputation. IMO.
(This post was edited by distantThunder on Jul 26, 2013, 9:49 AM)