Review by: jstp, 2004-11-28
A lightweight alternative to traditional bulky cordalettes. Titan cord is way lighter, and way more compact than 8mm or other larger cord, while retaining the strength of fatter strings. The main drawbacks of Titan cord are its cable-like stiffness (which never seems to really go away, only abate a little), its susceptability to hot temperatures, and price (around 1.15 a foot).
Unlike other thin high-strenght cords, Titan is made from spectra, which melts at pretty low temps. Not typically a problem, but it could be problematic if Titan was used as a fixed sling with rap rings or as a prussik. In either case repeated rope-cord friction could heat rap rings or rope-cord contact could burn and damage the Titan cord. The stiffness just makes tying knots more compicated than with normal cord, also makes it a bad prussik, other than that its just sorta anoying.
Cons: Expensive, low temperature tolerance (compared to other think cords), very stiff.