Review by: kimbill, 2009-01-19
I bought the Ally because the other Edelweiss ropes that I have owned have been very durable. That is important to me because I climb on sharp, abrasive limestone, and ropes from other manufacturers haven't lasted as long. Since I climb in the desert, the Ally's lack of a dry coating wasn't a problem. Finally, the Ally is one of the least expensive ropes on the market, always an attraction, especially since I go through a couple every year.
I have used the Ally for three months now, and I can say that I won't buy another one. The main problem for me is that it is difficult to feed. I often use a Gri-Gri as a belay device, and I find it much harder to pull out slack with the Ally than any other rope I've used. It is so difficult to feed that I wondered if the diameter was bigger than it was supposed to be, but it measured at 10.2/10.3, as it should.
It is also quite stiff and seems to be heavier than it actually is. Contrary to the advertisement, it DOES tend to feel like you have a tugboat hawser attached to your harness!
On the plus side, it is very abrasion resistant. In the future, I will use the Ally primarily for bolting new routes, where toughness is more important than ease of use.