Black Diamond brings sexy back, at least for mid-diameter climbing ropes. It's new 9.9mm single rope really is a work of art, a perfect balance of weight and strength that makes it a standout in its class. It used to be that when grabbing a thicker cord like this, you just knew you were sacrificing handling for durability, but not any more.
The 9.9 non-dry rope, available in 35, 60 and 70 meter lengths, is billed as a "go-to rope for year-round rock climbing" and that pretty much nails it. The rope has a great hand, feeling supple and strong and the same time, with a clearly marked center and ends that are whipped tightly enough that getting them to fray has become a personal – and so far failed – obsession.
At 64g/m it's not too heavy, and it's rated at six UIAA factor falls so feel free to bring it along for that beginning lead climbing class. Or just save it for your summer projects. Either way you'll feel no reservations when you grab the Black Diamond 9.9. It's an every day, no-days-off rope that knots easily, belays smoothly and catches falls until you're ready for a cold one.