DMM have distributed other rope brands in the UK for over 20 years, so they know the British market well and also know what makes a truly great rope. Now the Llanberis based brand have launched their own range.
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We've forged an alliance with a very reputable European rope manufacturer to bring you our new collection, because we could never produce ropes to anything like the quality of our hardware without such investment that would make the project cost prohibitive. It's a concise range yet we feel it has something for everyone and we're very proud of it...
DMM Core Range
The 'Core' ropes balance technical specifications and construction techniques with value for money. Despite the entry level prices, they've still managed to incorporate more technical processes that make the ropes feel and behave better than their price tags would suggest.
DMM Pro Range
The 'Pro' ropes have been designed to handle more abuse again, be it from the climbers themselves or from environmental factors. The additional dry treatment makes them not only repel water and dust more readily, but it also makes the dynamics of the ropes work better giving better stats throughout.
Photos of new DMM ropes in action
Calum Muskett, DMM / Rab / Podsacs sponsored climber, and Rob Greenwood, DMM Northern Area Sales Representative, took some of the new ropes to the Dolomites and tested them out. See below for the pictures.
Over three days we climbed 'The Fish' on the Marmolada and 'The Brandler-Hasse' on Cime Grande. Not a bad way to go about 'testing' ropes – 55 pitches in total!
Rob Greenwood seconding the crux pitch on The Fish
UKC Gear, Jul 2011
© Calum Muskett
DMM Pro Range - Specifications
Premium ropes that are both heat treated and have a dry treatment applied to the core and sheath. Durable, water repellent, and with great handling – these are DMM's flagship ropes.
Prophet 8.5mm (half rope)
DMM's performance half rope: light, balanced, and easy to use in all conditions.
Prophet 8.5mm x 50m Dry Blue: RRP £125.00
A superb, lightweight single rope. At home red-pointing sport climbs or going fast and light in the Alps.
Prodigy 9.8mm x 50m Dry Blue: RRP £135.00
An all round performer that inspires confidence. Dry, tough and yet still light, of course.
Project 10.0mm x 50m Dry Yellow: RRP £145.00
DMM Core Range - Specifications
The Core represents more than just DMM's entry level collection of ropes, it is the back-bone of the range. Hard wearing and durable, each rope has been designed to withstand heavy use. With additional heat treatment they don't suffer from stiffness or rigidity, feeling supple to handle.
This hardwearing rope is ideal as both a first time buy or for those looking at value for money. Also available in 30m and 40m lengths (the Shorty) for climbing wall and outcrop use, and longer lengths on the reel or cut to length.
Statement 10.0mm x 50m Green: RRP £95.00
Shorty 10.0mm x 30m Green: RRP £55.00
A classic sport climbing rope that balances the durability needed for working routes with the handling requirements of redpoints. Available in a greater range of sizes to accommodate modern long routes.
Concept 10.0mm x 50m Navy Blue: RRP £115.00
The workhorse of the range for when safety and longevity are paramount.
Mission 10.2mm x 50m Red: RRP £125.00
Spectrum 8.8mm (half rope)
Benchmark trad climbing ropes that are designed to stand the test of time. Two greatly contrasting colours are used for easy identification.
Spectrum 8.8mm x 50m Purple: RRP £105.00
Half Ropes (aka. Double Ropes)
Half ropes are used as pairs, as a result they are more suitable for trad climbing/mountaineering where the wandering nature of the routes can create rope drag. Furthermore, having two ropes enables longer abseils making them safer when retreating off routes.
A single rope is designed to be used alone. Most popular for sport climbing, indoor use, and straightforward pitches on trad climbs. Due to the limitations of only being one rope they are less ideal for abseiling.
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