Editors' Choice 2020: Edelrid Boa Eco 9.8mm (70m) Rope Review

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The Edelrid Boa Eco 9.8mm (70m) climbing rope.

Bluesign-certified and made of up-cycled yarns (yarns left over from the manufacture of other ropes), the Boa Eco points to an exciting new direction: recycled/up-cycled done right, with no “greenwashing” or compromised performance. “The Boa Eco was stretchy enough for a soft catch, but not so much that I was a pissed-off toproper,” said one tester of the rope, which has an impact force of 8kN and weighs 62 g/m (same as the nonrecycled 9.8mm Boa Pro Dry). It’s your standard high-end 9.8mm, though ran smoothly through devices like a skinnier rope. It fed great off the coil, and had a clear middle marker and unique aesthetic (ropes vary due to the yarns) that had testers dubbing it “Stephanie.”MSRP: $185

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