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Arete 9.7

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
Item Details | Reviews (3)
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The Arete is a great compromise between the lightweight benifits of a thin rope, but still rivals any fat rope. Weight: 62.6 grams per meter Falls: 8 Impact Force: 7.9 kN Elongation: 5.8% Extension: 34% Colors: Spring Fling, Purple Infusion, Autumn Leaves

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Trad climber 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: williamb, 2009-10-11

I purchase this rope in the spring and a light weight and still durable replacement to my 10.2. I ended up injuring myself shortly after getting it so I've only used it 6-7times this year. So lets say 40 pitches of climbing. The rope is already showing serious signs of wear. Not just "kisses" but also allot of fuzzieness. I'm a little concerned that this is rope just won't last. If is see any improvement I will update my review.
Rope does handle well and kinks are minimal. no falls.

Arete 9.7 - New favorite rope 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: mgoodro, 2009-06-08

Tough feeling, smooth handling, tangle free rope. I bought this on clearance with middling expectations. I love my 70m Marathon Pro 10.2, but it tangles easily and its nice soft sheath is now thrashed. I like my Levatator 10.5, but at 50m it's often too short. The Arete is as light at the Levatator without feeling like a skinny rope. The only time I notice the thinness is on belay or rap, the rope feeds a little more smoothly and quickly than my other ropes. I recommend using it with an ATC XP or similar device that handles thinner ropes well. I've been using the Arete for about 6 months and it isn't yet showing signs of heavy wear, something I can't say for my other ropes. Other ropes I've used with a sheath this durable were all stiffer and more difficult to handle and tie in to, especially when new. I like the way the Arete handles, and knots have been easy to tie since day one. For the first time with a new rope I experienced no twisting or tangling on the first use (I have always flaked it out new ropes before using). While I would prefer a bi-pattern rope the midpoint is well marked and easy to find.

Good handling
Tough sheath
Resists tangling
Midpoint clearly marked
No bi-pattern
Thinness can be an issue in ATC or early Reversos

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: forkliftdaddy, 2005-04-12

Best rope I've ever used. Light, stretchy, tough, and long -- 60 meters, plus a little. I used my arete for an alpine trip, then exclusively for trad for just over a year. Now it is the sport cord. Still has stretch. Still going strong.

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