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The Marathon Pro 10.1mm Rope by Sterling can easily be described as the best all around rope for durability and handling. At 10.1mm, the Pro has performed to the highest standards on more routes than most of the competition combined. It features a low impact force and as with all of our ropes DryCore.
DECENT FEATURES of the Sterling Rope Marathon Pro 10.1mm Rope
Most popular rope in the Marathon series
Has performed well on more routes than any other rope in our history
Also available in BiPattern
The SPECS of the Sterling Rope Marathon Pro 10.1mm Rope
I have had this rope for about a year and a half, used it mostly for top roping. The width is just right to create a yummy amount of friction while belaying. And it's not annoyingly stretchy either. Also, it's aesthetically pleasing.
This rope is designed to be a workhorse rope to work projects and take fall after fall. That being said, Sterling still keeps the workability and smooth feed and knotability of this rope while keeping it super durable. While not quite as durable as BW ropes (in my opinion), it still makes a great go-to rope and is a little sleeker and more supple than BW.
"Excellent choice for trad or sport lines"
I have never had any troubles with a sterling rope this one makes it 5 for me. I have tried a couple other brands and always come back to sterling. This rope is a little on the thick side for just sport but its just right for trad and working on routes.
Sterling is flat out amazing. All my friends trust sterling, the local rock gym trusts sterling therefore I trust my life with sterling. This rope is super rugged and I have not noticed/seen any abrasive damage. Not to mention it fits a grigri2.
"This rope has a durable sheath. It hasn't fuzzed up after months of intensive use. Good value."
My previous rope was a Beal. While the Beal gave soft catches due to its elasticity, the sheath became fuzzy within a few months. Before 2 years, I could see the core and I had chopped both ends three times before the rope was 3 years old. Seeking greater durability I opted for a Sterling Marathon rope because of its excellent durability. I haven't been disappointed as, apart from discoloration, the sheath is as good as new. It's also light enough to use in a double configuration for trad climbs. My next rope will be from the Sterling Marathon series too.
I have used my own marathon pro and my friends for all forms of climbing and the rope is a good all around size, not too thick not too thin. The rope is nice and flexible, the sheath has held up well and there is just nothing wrong with the rope that I have noticed.
The sterling marathon pro is a classic. Good choice for cragging; trad or sport. It's durable but handles well. I wouldn't get this rope for alpine as it's not the lightest but if you climb pine you probably don't need me to tell you what to get. Also maybe not the best choice for extensive top dogging, due to it's nice springiness and sub 10.5 diameter. However, for general cragging apps, this one is one of the better ropes out there.
This rope is super tough. Very resitant to wear. Very comfortable to belay.and easy to tie into. I would have gone for the bicolor if it was available as the middle of this rope is not marked. This makes it a little harder than some other ropes for setting up for rappels.