We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Edelweiss Energy ARC Climbing Rope – 9.5mm and summarize the results below:
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 18
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Works as a skinny workhorse-type rope for repeated use.
- Remains secure and safe, while being lightweight.
- Some reports of being very durable and running over tough rocks.
- Used on single pitch trad and sport routes with effectiveness.
- Pattern change makes you more confident about your spot on the rope.
- Provides great catch with a smoothness, to comfort the fall.
- Handles very well and doesn’t get twists.
- Diameter allows you to use effectively at both sport and alpine
- Very easy to un-knot the rope.
- Rope looks stylish and nice due to the bi-pattern.
- Bi-pattern makes it easy to set up top ropes and find middle of rope during multi-pitch.
- Very light and easy to travel with.
- Feels good when using with Petzl GriGri to slide through easily but still brakes well.
- Feels secure and doesn’t stretch too much.
- Supple but stiff, to feed smoothly and to feel good in your hands.
- Sheath uses twill pattern to reduce friction.
- Provides a soft catch.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Some reports of the sheath showing wear and tear very early on.
- Sheath frays after minimal use, raising a red flag.
- Moves too easily through belay device.
- More difficult to rappel on with a regular ATC.
- Not very durable.
The Edelweiss Energy ARC Climbing Rope – 9.5mm is a functional and lightweight option that is versatile enough to be used as both a sport and alpine rope. The versatility provided makes this a great choice for a work-horse rope, although it is not as durable as some thicker ropes and it also has some sheath-fraying issues. For those climbers who favor a good feel and smooth-gliding through a belay device, and might take a chance on the durability of their rope, then this could be a good choice.