Edelweiss Energy ARC Climbing Rope – 9.5mm

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Edelweiss Energy ARC Climbing Rope – 9.5mm and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: N/A (out of 100)
User Rating: 3.8 stars 
Expert Rating: N/A stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 18

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • 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

Expert Reviews

  • 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:

User Reviews

  • Some reports of the sheath showing wear and tear very early on.

Expert Reviews

  • 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.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4.