Over the past few months I’ve been testing out a 70m Petzl Nomad 9.8mm rope on trips to Ten Sleep, WY and the Red River Gorge in Kentucky among other places. This is my second Petzl rope, having used a previous version of the Nomad for a number of years now. It’s a bit hard to make too many judgements based on only using the rope a couple dozen times, but I can offer these thoughts on the rope based on my use thus far.
- The fact that the rope comes butterfly coiled from the factory makes it a breeze to use the first time.
- The rope has a Duratec Dry treatment which I expected to make the rope have a slippery feel to it however it handled really well, even the first few times out of the box.
- The rope feels light despite the 70m length. For most sport climbs a 70m does seem a bit superfluous so I’m not sure it’s necessary unless you know you are going to be doing long sport or multipitch routes.
- Having climbed on smaller ropes during this time (9.4 and even down to 9.1) I came to appreciate the added size of the 9.8. This definitely felt like more of a workhorse rope than some of the floss thin ropes people are climbing on these days.
- While I can’t say I’ve been able to use the rope enough to fully gauge its durability, if it’s anything like the previous Petzl rope we owned it is going to last a long time.
Overall I’ve been extremely pleased with this rope. When Petzl first introduced their ropes a few years back I heard grumblings from some about their durability but I’ve had nothing but good experiences with both my Petzl ropes. If you’re looking for a new cord the Petzl Nomad is definitely worth considering.
Brian Runnells has been climbing since 1999 and blogging about it since 2007 at ClimbingNarc.com