/ Non dry-treated rope: any real disadvantage vs dry-treated?
I can understand that if you're winter climbing then it's nice if your ropes are less likely to freeze. But let's assume you're a fair weather climber who doesn't like the wet and has no intention of winter climbing. You also look after your ropes and don't trail them through the dirt, stand all over them etc.
Would dry treated ropes be of any real benefit here? More generally, is there any data to support the assertion that dry treatments actually give rise to the benefits they're supposed to?
I'm talking half ropes here really but I guess it applies to all rope types. Strangely though I might be less willing to compromise on a single rope i.e. I'd always opt for dry-treated here. I suspect however this notion is based on nothing other than misconceptions / belief in oft-repeated 'truths' about what dry-treatment can do.
I wonder what sales of dry-treated vs non dry-treated single ropes are like in France and Germany, might be interesting to see breakdown?
Not really any benefit if they aren't going to get wet.
My 60m half rope is not dry treated and, to be honest, I'd be hard pressed to notice any significant shortfall in performance.
the teflon coating that some ropes get obviously does lower friction which can mean the ropes wear less fast. My 8mm pheonixs have lasted about 5 years, that said not exactly a scientific experiment.
I think whilst the dry coating does partially wear off it also doesn't completely go and will improve rope wear.
I'd only get dry treated if you intend to climb in the wet with the ropes, I doubt you can justify it otherwise. My 5 year old dry treated pheonix still repel water much better than my non dry treated ropes and dry much quicker after rinsing.
I find that if you buy/use slightly worse gear than your mate then whenever you meet up to go to the crag they always insist they use their gear. This means; cheaper gear, less wear and you get to use the good stuff at no extra cost! WINNER!!!
(+ if your really lucky you might only get away with just offering to take a half rope up the steep walk in leaving your mate to carry all the spangly light weight stuff they insist on using)
> I find that if you buy/use slightly worse gear than your mate then whenever you meet up to go to the crag they always insist they use their gear. This means; cheaper gear, less wear and you get to use the good stuff at no extra cost! WINNER!!!
Ha Ha...so true!
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