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M_i_k_e


Aug 15, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Sterling biathlon pro or Mammut Tusk for first rope?
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Just trying to decide between these 2 - $20 bucks more for the Tusk. I prefer a thinner rope but if anyone can add a little bit of experience here I'd appreciate it!


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M_i_k_e wrote:
Just trying to decide between these 2 - $20 bucks more for the Tusk. I prefer a thinner rope but if anyone can add a little bit of experience here I'd appreciate it!

If it has to be one of those two, personally, I'd go with the Sterling.


M_i_k_e


Aug 15, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Thanks! Can I ask why you prefer the Sterling?


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I'm going to vote the other way... I like Sterling ropes, they feel great when belaying and when falling on them. They're pretty (oooooo)...

... but I love my Tusk. Had it for 5 years now, hundreds of falls, occasional sharp edges (it happens), kids' TR hangdog/ropeswing bullshit, lots of gym time, dragged across the globe, and I still love it.

In MY case, the sterling got wrecked after 1.5 seasons, ended up choppin'er down to nuttin, but the Tusk is still tickin'


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Since it's your first rope, it is the thicker of the two you have listed.

My personal preference comes from owning a couple of Sterling's ropes which have a supple hand to them (not so stiff). The biathlon rope itself wears like iron and is very abrasion resistant while still being a soft catch. Another plus is that the biathlon is a bicolor rope.


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I'd go with the sterling myself. I've really come to like their ropes. A friend of mine had the Tusk and ended up retiring it after just 1.5 years of occasional sport use. The thing became super stiff and nearly unusable.


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I can't compare the two, as I've never owned the Mammut. But I climb with a Sterling, and I like it. The one I have now is pretty new. It's my third. When it's done, I'll get another. No reason to change what's working for me.


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Both are fine ropes, I have owed both.

IMHO if you think you may be topping roping much go with the sterling, it will most likely last a bit longer. The sterling is a stiffer rope and I find it dosent clip as nice as the Tusk

If you thnk you may be leading more I would go with the Tusk, I really like the supple feel and smooth clipping.


M_i_k_e


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Thanks for all the advice - might have jumped the gun a bit as I'm heading for a 5 day trip and wanted to get my order in before a sale ended. It looks like Sterling wins on votes but I went with the Tusk because of the points about wear and the lead climbing that I want to do. Ironically narrower rope doesn't translate to a weight advantage though. Fingers crossed that it was the right choice, points about Sterling's soft catch, etc definitely registered.


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M_i_k_e wrote:
Thanks for all the advice - might have jumped the gun a bit as I'm heading for a 5 day trip and wanted to get my order in before a sale ended. It looks like Sterling wins on votes but I went with the Tusk because of the points about wear and the lead climbing that I want to do. Ironically narrower rope doesn't translate to a weight advantage though. Fingers crossed that it was the right choice, points about Sterling's soft catch, etc definitely registered.

Woo!!! Win!

Actually, you should get lots of lovin out of a tusk. Like I said, mine has been through hell and is still lovely (to use, not to look at - it's filthy). I would actually say that the rope started off a little stiff and got super supple around the 3rd season and is just starting to fatten up a little.


M_i_k_e


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Great, all the advice was really helpful.


M_i_k_e


Aug 25, 2012, 10:37 AM
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just an addendum: both ropes were shipped to me because of a mistake at the retailer, and after looking at them in the flesh I went for the Sterling - bipattern was a lot more clear and there was no weight penalty for the thicker rope. Again thanks for the advice here as I knew what I'd be dealing with down the road. Should I even dare ask: quickdraw suggestions?


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Aug 26, 2012, 3:54 AM
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I have had lot's of ropes. I have found the Sterling's to be among the best. The mamut ropes are fine as well. I just really like Sterling. I think you will be happy.


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