Edelrid Livewire 9.8, $159
Summary: For those looking to make their first sub-10mm rope purchase, the Edelrid Livewire fits the bill well, without that bill being too high. This cord stood up to workhorse wear with aplomb, easily handling any abuse we threw at it. Our one complaint is that the rope softened up within a few days, which complicated clipping and belaying to a minor degree.
Pros: Durable. Inexpensive.
Cons: Softens up quickly.
Overall grade: B
Edelrid/ClimbAxe: (503) 236-9552,www.climbaxe.com