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EDELRID was founded in 1863 by Julius EDELmann and Carl RIDder. Julius Edelmann was a salesman and mountaineer. Carl Ridder was a technician, who specialised in braiding machines.
EDELRID started out manufacturing braids and cords and in 1880 presented their first braided fishing lines in Berlin. The biggest innovation came in 1953 when EDELRID introduced the world's first kernmantel rope. Hemp climbing ropes and rope breakage soon become a thing of the past. Then in 1964, EDELRID developed the first dynamic rope, the first rope capable of withstanding multiple falls. It became the forerunner of the modern dynamic climbing rope.
Since 1964 we have continued to innovate and push boundaries in climbing equipment manufacture and design. Below we have featured four of our most innovative products.
SWIFT PROTECT PRO DRY (RRP: £200 60m)
The first dynamic single rope with a sheath that includes aramid, for markedly increased cut resistance.
Thanks to a special processing method, the Swift Protect Pro Dry remains dynamic. Despite reinforcement with aramid and the overall higher sheath content, the impact force remains within the required standard. These characteristics make the Swift Protect Pro Dry the ideal lead climbing rope and the perfect companion for alpine climbing and mountaineering.
Thermo Shield treatment for perfect handling
When used as a single rope, not suitable for top-rope or workout climbing
Long-lasting water-repellent and dirt-resistant, thanks to the Pro Dry finish
Water absorption less than 2% as per UIAA Water Repellent Test
3D lap coiling enables instant use without tangles
Higher sheath content and aramid processing for increased cut resistance under load, e.g. over sharp edges
Certified as a twin, double and single rope
NINETEEN G QUICKDRAW (RRP £21/22 10/18cm)
After inventing the first stitched quickdraw in 1973, we have continued to innovate in this area of the market. The Nineteen G is the result of years of technical research.
The lightest carabiner on the market. The Nineteen G quickdraw will significantly reduce the weight of any rack. Ideal for alpine climbing or routes where every gram counts.
H-profile construction ensures best possible use of material and minimal weight
Lightweight wire gates reduce whiplash effect on gate in the event of a fall
Minimal weight thanks to ultra-light Nineteen G carabiner and ultra-strong 11 mm Dyneema® quickdraw sling
Available in two lengths (10/18 cm)
ACE (RRP: £110)
After creating the world's first sit harness in 1965, we have continued to push for lighter and more comfortable harnesses. The Ace offers the perfect balance of these requirements.
One of our flagship harnesses featuring our unique 3D-vent lite technology. The webbing in the waist and leg loops is split into multiple strands offering perfect weight distribution. Despite this the Ace offers the packabiliity of a normal laminate harness making it ideal for hard sport climbing or alpine routes.
15 mm Slide Block buckle on waistbelt for secure and comfortable fit
4 symmetric gear loops, attachment options for ice screw clips, chalk bag attachment loop
The manufacturing in Germany allows individual fit due to the combination of different hipbelt and leg loop sizes
3D-Vent Lite technology: very good fit and wear comfort via HDPE (High-Density PolyEthylene) webbing in waist belt and leg loops that spreads load transmission and ensures maximum breathability without adding bulk
OHM (RRP: £110)
Our latest innovation the Ohm is an assisted braking resistor, designed to add friction into the belay system when there is a large weight difference between the belayer and climber. In the event of a leader fall the OHM slightly cams the rope, adding a small amount of friction into the belay system. This allows the lighter belay to easily hold a heavier leader fall.
No moving parts, works solely on rope angle. This ensures smooth operation and a long lifespan
Lowering a heavier climber is much easier to control
The OHM attaches to the first bolt, replacing the quickdraw
If the leader falls at the first bolt, the OHM significantly reduces the risk of ground fall
Rope handling when belaying is not affected, paying out rope is just as easy as if the OHM wasn't present
The reccomended weight difference between the climber and belayer is 10 - 40 kg
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