Edelrid has taken one of their best all-around ropes and added a unique braiding process on five meters of each end to give these areas a different look and feel than the rest of the rope. By raising some of the sheath strands in the weaving process, they stand out above the others and give those parts of the rope a noticeably rougher feel, which is great for longer pitches when there is a threat of reaching the end of the rope. The fatter diameter makes it good for toproping, and this cord is perfect for beginner belayers, as it forces them to learn to pay attention to where the ends are—an important skill for everyone. Edelrid’s goal with TouchTec is to reduce the likelihood of lowering accidents, which is one of the most common climbing hazards. Minor beef: Testers couldn’t feel this unique braiding in the belay device very well, so to maximize the benefit, you want to feel it in your hand by not wearing belay gloves. Edelrid’s Thermo Shield finish keeps the yarns in the sheath compact, which prevented them from fraying or fuzzing up.
A durable, reliable, basic rope with one very important safety feature that’s excellent for beginners and veterans alike. The fatter diameter means a longer lifespan, even for toproping, and the price is more than budget-friendly.
$190 (60m); $230 (70m); edelrid.com