PMI Elite 9.4, $199
Summary: Weighing in at a scant 57 grams per meter, the PMI Elite was one of the lightest ropes in the test. It also provided the cushiest catch due to its 35-percent dynamic elongation. That cush comes at a cost, though, as the rope tended to flatten out during extended work sessions, regaining its shape overnight.
Cons: Flattened out during extended working sessions.
Overall grade: B
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