One of the best ropes on the market!
Review by: USnavy, 2010-07-05
I purchased the 10.5mm x 70m sunset colored version. I mainly purchased this rope for multi-pitch sport on sharp limestone in Mexico. I ended up using this rope to climb Timewave Zero, IV / V, 23 pitches and The Nose, VI, 31 pitches. I have also used it on about 120 pitches worth of multi-pitch sport before bringing it on the two walls listed previously. I fall on it regularly (up to 30'), and even after climbing the two walls, its still in great shape. It clips very well and itís very smooth. As the name suggests, it "glides" across the rock which produces a noticeable decrease in rope drag. The rope has an excellent modulus of elasticity which produces a relatively soft catch despite its high impact force.
However keep in mind that this rope is more difficult to control then other rope of similar diameter. All of the Glider series are a bit thinner then other ropes of equivalent diameter and they are harder to hold on. Consequently I would use caution when belaying with the smaller diameter of the Glider series until you have become accustom to its slippery profile.
The 9.9 mm diameter is perfect for a sport projecting rope. The larger 10.2 and 10.5 is good for wall climbing and heavy use or top roping. If you plan on climbing on gear with this rope keep in mind that this rope does have a very high impact force. My only complaint is the 10.5mm version is a bit on the heavy side (70 g/m).