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Deal of the Week: Soft Goods

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Most climbing manufacturers recommend retiring soft goods after five years, even if they’ve seen little to no use—that time span becomes much shorter for soft goods that have undergone continual beatings. Quit climbing on your sketchy, frayed old rope and buy yourself some new soft goods at a discounted price from

As usual, we receive a portion of the sales—the listed items have not been tested by the editors.

BlueWater Xenon Double Dry Climbing Rope 9.2mm

$167.21 (25% off, was $222.95)

The 9.2mm thickness of the Xenon Double Dry Climbing Rope handles well in all climbing situations, from big walls to smaller multi-pitch to single pitch sport climbing. “Double Dry” means that both the sheath and core have been dry treated, making it a rugged rope that is extremely resistant to water, dirt, and abrasion.

Buy the Xenon Double Dry Climbing Rope 9.2mm at

Sterling Evolution VR9 Climbing Rope 9.8mm

$134.99 (25% off, was $179.99)

The Evolution VR9 is an excellent option for a quality rope at a budget price. The 9.8mm diameter makes this a burly cord, great for taking a beating at the sport crag and wandery multi-pitch routes alike. It has a middle mark for safe rappelling and a DryCore Treatment.

Buy the Evolution VR9 Climbing Rope 9.8mm at

Metolius Ultimate Daisy

$37.46 (25% off, was $49.95)

The Metolius Ultimate Daisy features 45 inches of Dyneema Monster Sling webbing. This daisy chain is a great option for an adjustable length personal anchor system that can also be used in anchor building or organizing gear back on the ground. This is the only daisy chain to pass the CE/UIAA Sling Standard.

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Sterling Evolution Duetto XP Dry Half Rope 8.4mm

$97.49 (25% off, was $129.99)

With the winter climbing season quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking about half ropes, which are ideal for ice climbing, ski-mo, and alpinism. The Duetto is rated as a half and twin, and has a DryXP treatment to repel water. The 8.4mm diameter is a mid-range thickness for half ropes, not too skinny and not too fat—it handles well and is rated for six UIAA falls.

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Blue Ice Mission Slings 120cm

$9.71 (25% off, was $12.95)

These slings are skinny and light, and according to Blue Ice, “ideal for faraway climbs.” The mid-length 120cm slings work great for anchor building or as long runners on wandery routes, and are rated to 22kN.

Buy the Mission Slings 120cm at

Metolius Equalizer Sling + Pocket

$22.46 (25% off, was $34.95)

The Equalizer Sling has a brilliant design that makes building trad anchors a breeze. Clip a loop at each end of the sling, clip a piece somewhere in the middle, tie an overhand, and you’ve got a three point equalized anchor. The sling packs down into a little pouch so you can climb without the bulk on your harness.

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Trango Phase Alpine Draw 4-Pack

$68.59 (25% off, was $91.45)

Having a set of alpine draws is imperative for any trad rack. Extending pieces to prevent walking or to reduce drag will make for a much more enjoyable day on the wall. This four pack of alpine draws from Trango weigh 2.88oz, extend to 60cm, and are rated to 22kN.

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BlueWater Sewn Prusik Loops 6.5mm

$9.26 (25% off, was $12.35)

Carrying a Prusik on your harness is the safety standard of the day. We should all be tying third-hands to back up our rappels, and if you ever need to ascend a rope a Prusik is a lightweight option to do so. The BlueWater Sewn Prusik Loop is superior to your homemade loop because it omits the bulky knot, making it easier to work with.

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