Endowed with a tight braid and an extra thick sheath, the Blue Water Icon Double Dry 9.1mm Climbing Rope brings a new level of durability to the world of ultra-skinny redpoint cords. As a result of seeking lower weights and smaller diameters, skinny singles have traditionally been prone to short lifespans. Thanks to the Icon's 35% sheath mass, this rope can provide the featherlight performance serious sport climbers need with reduced drag, increased abrasion resistance, and a longer lifespan.
In my opinion this is the best lead line in the world today. The perfect balance of weight and durability. I have climbed on so many ropes I could never count them, but this rope is special, like a secret weapon in my quiver. I try to shave weight wherever I can, but other 9mm lead lines I've climbed on felt dicey, and were shredded after a few climbs. Because of the super thick sheath and tight weave on this rope it handles like magic and lasts longer than most ten mils I've climbed on. And I can say from experience that Bluewater has by far the best dry treatment of any rope I've tried. If you factor in that this rope will last much longer and is much stronger and handles better than the competition, there really is no reason to buy any other 9mm lead line. As an added bonus you are supporting a very cool Family owned company that hand inspects every rope and takes pride in making the best ropes out there!
I've had about 10 days of ice on this rope so far and it's done very well except in one case. That day it was wet and cold, and the rope froze pretty badly. However, on that day, given the low temperatures and the amount of water blowing on us from an adjacent waterfall I don't think any rope would have made it through without becoming a cable. Most of our other gear froze as well.
I grabbed the non-dry treated version of this rope in a 70m. It weighs nothing and its a super soft catch. It's skinny in the belay device but rapping on it is no problem, it grips in the device well and doesn't feel sketchy. It feeds through a gri-gri very well and catches well too. This is a sick rope, feel secure, save weight