Grabbing a set of half ropes. I've found a brilliant deal on a set of 8.1mm half ropes but haven't used ropes that skinny before. Somewhat concerned they'll wear quickly or be a pain to belay with. Has anyone get any thoughts? Cheers
I’ve had a pair of Petzl Rumbas (8.0mm) for over a year and they still look very fresh. They even stood up well to a week of abuse on the super rough Gneiss on Lewis and Harris.
Seems to depend heavily on the rope and rock type - in my experience Mammut ropes appear to be indestructible but Edelrid wear quite quickly.
8mms are perfect for trad
As someone said higher up the post- buy a dedicated belay plate - DMM Mantis is very good
My Edelrid Opus 7.9mm half’s are great. Super light, lovely to clip and use. Some care needed when new and belaying but when you get used to them they are fine (double check your belay device there or there about’s suits the rope diameter, my Petzl Reverso suggests 7.1mm half’s are the lower limit). My regular partners are used to them but I have had some funny looks when I take them out my boot! Lots of care needed on edges. I’ve had mine for 2 years now, and still going strong. Light isn’t always sh**e!
You beat me to it - I have been equally impressed by my Edelrid Apus. They're holding up surprisingly well for such a thin rope, though I do of course take care of them.
They are bloody stretchy though. I fell off a move whilst seconding, probably 20m below the belay, and was a bit shocked at quite how far down I ended up!
What rocktype are you using them on? The rock here is so aggressive I won't go thinner than 8.5s, longevity is generally proportional to diameter. Also, I find abbing on skinny ropes hard and dangerous, especially with a relatively slick belay device.