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The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley

Petzl VOLTA 9.2mm & VOLTA GUIDE 9mm Triple Rated Ropes

From Red Rocks to the Alps, UK trad to Scottish winter, Tom Ripley conducts a long-term test on these two triple-rated ropes.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Spirit Climbing 1  © UKC Gear

Ocun Spirit 9.5mm Rope

The Ocun Spirit is a great all-round single rope for sport climbing, top-roping and trad climbing, says Theo Moore. Despite its relatively skinny diameter it has proved to be durable, and continues to handle very smoothly after several months.

Lowering off of a long route requires a long rope, which also means a heavy rope, unless it's 8.9mm of course...  © Penny Orr
Lowering off of a long route requires a long rope, which also means a heavy rope, unless it's 8.9mm of course...  © Penny Orr

Edelrid Swift Eco Dry 8.9mm

With a versatile triple rating and fantastic handling, the Swift is a great route for long sport pitches and alpine north faces alike; but it is the environmentally-aware production that really sets this rope apart, says Rob Greenwood.

Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear
Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear

Group Test Half Ropes for UK Trad

Over the last few months the UKC Test Team have been putting six pairs of half ropes through their paces. Though they're all good, we came to an easy consensus on our favourites.

Beal Cobras  © Martin McKenna
Beal Cobras  © Martin McKenna

Beal Cobra II Half Rope

The Beal Cobra is an all round rope that can be used for trad, winter and alpine. These mid-weight ropes are ideal for anyone who wants...

Giving the Duettos a spin on Golden Mile, Chee Tor  © Stephen Horne
Giving the Duettos a spin on Golden Mile, Chee Tor  © Stephen Horne

Sterling Evolution Duetto Rope

With the 8.4mm Duetto, Duncan Campbell thinks he's found his ideal all-round trad half rope

With their ThermoShield treatment they handle really well  © Tom Ripley
With their ThermoShield treatment they handle really well  © Tom Ripley

Edelrid Skimmer Pro Dry 7.1mm Rope

It may be a niche product, but if you're saving weight on big mountain routes then this incredibly light double rated rope...

Sport Rope Review Montage  © UKC Gear
Sport Rope Review Montage  © UKC Gear

Group Test Mid-range Sport Ropes

We compare eight of the best all-round sport climbing ropes, the sort of reliable workhorse that many will use as their sole rope both...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

STINGER thumb  © Beal

Beal STINGER III 9.4mm UNICORE rope

Beal STINGER III 9.4mm UNICORE is a single rope offering easy running and security for those hard routes.

Edelrid Key Products  © Edelrid
Edelrid Key Products  © Edelrid

History of EDELRID and some key products

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.

Tiger 3x2  © Beal
Tiger 3x2  © Beal

Beal TIGER 10mm UNICORE Dry Cover

TIGER 10mm is an example of multipurpose: in climbing it's the introductory rope for those starting to use thin ropes.

Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid
Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid

Swift Protect Pro Dry: A new innovation from EDELRID

EDELRID are widely regarded as one of the world's most innovative rope manufactures. For 2020, we've...

Alex Luger  © Beal
Alex Luger  © Beal

Beal GULLY 7.3mm half rope - MOUNTAIN LINE Range

Weighing only 36g per metre, the GULLY 7.3mm is the lightest double rope on the market.

Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal
Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal

Beal KARMA 9.8mm single climbing rope, helps you get used to smaller rope diameter

It offers the perfect compromise between handling and thinness for...

Spindle  © Edelrid
Spindle  © Edelrid

EDELRID - The Ropemaker

EDELRID are a brand known for their innovation. From the OHM to the new GIGA JUL the catalogue is full of groundbreaking new...


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