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And the most innovative product in ropes was introduced years ago by a UK company - Cairngorm ropes. The rope changed colour to indicate it should be discarded. When are the likes of Mammut etc going to intoduce this?Would have though it was idela for skinny ropes.
And where's the Beal Gully - worlds thinnest HALF ropes. 7.3mm, unicore technology..
Don't think they ever perfected that... then they went bust!
They perfected it. They went bust for a different reason.
Well I use Mammut ropes, they've certainly changed colour by the time they need replacing :-)
The fact that the ropes were very rough and harsh on your hands can't have helped! Had a Cairngorm single for years and it wasn't the best handling rope by a long way.
Haven't Petzl been doing ropes for some years now?
> Haven't Petzl been doing ropes for some years now?
Petzl don't manufacture ropes Toby.
There's only a handful of rope manufacturers, they have their own brands and make ropes for others.
New England Ropes
I guess Petzl and DMM are doing the same thing, deciding what they want in a rope for markets they understand then having Beal or whoever make them for them.
It must be a huge gabble to start rope production. The machinery, staff training and testing equipment must be in the millions if you want to be on a large enough scale to be profitable. Looking at the recent history of rope product launches (I.e. DMM) and current financial climate the risk seems unjustifiable. Outsourcing initially (I.e. DMM)seems the sensible way to go really.
The handling is down to things like the twist in the yarn and the construction of the braid. You can get a rope that handles beautifully but does not last long.
That Cairngorm rope will have lasted for years because the construction of the rope was designed ... so that it lasted for years.
Like any engineered product you have to compromise.
Its like with these skinny ropes some property will be a lower value than say a larger diameter rope.
Strictly speaking, not Edelweiss. The label on all their ropes (some very good ones by the way) will hint at where they are coming from.
It's Millet Absolute TRX. Not Millet Absolute Pro. The Pro is the older non-triaxiale model.
Yeah... I would have thought some words to be spared on the new Beal Gully (unreal!). I'm sure there is more to come ;-)
Really? visited the factory when that was in development but was not in production.
Didn't say that was the reason they went bust.
Misunderstood what you said.
Didn't really make myself clear! The concept of that rope is awesome and I'm so surprised no other manufacturer has taken it up. I think the patent has defaulted due to lack of fee payments, so it's fair game!
Patents last for 20 yrs (normally) and the annual maintenance fee is on a rising scale, costs ca £5000,00 for the UK for the 20 years.
I was of the opinion that 20 years was about right and as the first application was Feb. 1993 looks pretty close to being up. Also, If fee's for maintenance of anything are in arrears, you probably forfeit some rights, otherwise why pay?
A simple Google search show its not been active since mid 90's. Just surprised some of the big rope companies are not all over it as they seem to be all chasing fancy coating that do this and that to make their product 'unique'.
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