Ropes get no respect. We tie our bones to them and then fling ourselves from cliffs, rarely appreciating the technology the cords contain. The MILLET SILVER TRIAXIALE ($260 for 60m, is an exceptionally tech-tastic cord, and its tricks paid off — it showed little wear and maintained an excellent hand after two months of sport whips and multi-pitch abuse. One of Millet’s secrets is their Triaxiale construction, which bundles the rope’s innards into three distinct cores. Other performance enhancers include a beefy sheath (20 percent of the Triaxiale’s strength is here) and a Hydrophobic waterproofing treatment applied to every nylon filament, upping durability.

—Dave Sheldon