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Best Ropes for sport climbing

The best ropes for sport climbing

Check out our selection of the best ropes for sport climbing, all tested and approved by our testers.

A good climbing rope for the crag needs to be easy to handle and perform well with different belayers. It must also adapt to the characteristics of the climber. For example, a rope for beginners who do a lot of moulinette should not be too elastic, just as a rope for difficult routes should be manageable and light. Waterproofing, on the other hand, is not important for mountaineering or ice climbing.

So here is a list of the best crag (and gym) climbing ropes that we have personally tested and reviewed, and which also indicate which type of climber they are best for.

BEAL JOKER 9.1

Improved thanks to the Unicore treatment that made it even safer, it is a very light and multipurpose rope, being able to be used as a half and twin as well. The Dry treatment also makes it suitable for mountaineering use.

Suitable for: advanced climbers, not just crag climbers.

Diameter: 9.1 mm

Low impact force: 8.2 kn

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BEAL KARMA 9.8

Versatile rope designed to last. Despite its significant thickness it has good handling and, like all Beal ropes, strong elasticity. Suitable for the intermediate climber looking for a multi-purpose rope, both indoor and outdoor, for intensive use.

Suitable for: beginner and intermediate climbers.

Diameter: 9.8 mm

Low impact force: 7.5 kn

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BLACK DIAMOND 9.2 DRY – BABSI EDITION

Small in diameter and light in weight, this is a rope that can be used in a variety of situations: from trad climbing, to hard projects at the crag, to routes where no half is needed. Good handling and durability.

Suitable for: advanced climbers.

Diameter: 9.2 mm

Low impact force: 8.5 kn

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COUSIN TRESTEC DURA DURA 9.5

High performance crag rope with an attractive price-performance ratio. Recommended for first-time climbers because of its light weight and maneuverability. Also effective when used in braking, where it flows well without slipping.

Suitable for: advanced climbers.

Diameter: 9.5 mm

Low impact force: 9.3 kn

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EDELRID KINGLET

Thin, light-weight rope designed for prime climbing on high grades. Despite its diameter it is easily manageable in both rope giving and holding. Handy and pleasantly rough to the touch, it has really good durability.

Suitable for: advanced climbers.

Diameter: 9.2 mm

Low impact force: 8.8 kn

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MAXIM EQUINOX ELITE

Sturdy and easy to handle, with diameter and weight not small, but still smooth and pleasant in use. Also suitable for moulinette because of the excellent compromise between elasticity and low impact force. Good for both beginners and those working pitches.

Suitable for: beginner and “working” climbers.

Diameter: 9.7 mm

Low impact force: 9.3 kn

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