Edelweiss Curve ARC 9.8 Standard Rope

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Edelweiss Curve ARC 9.8 Standard Rope
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Edelweiss Curve ARC 9.8 Standard Rope -
Edelweiss set out to refine climbing gear performance standards with the Curve ARC 9.8mm Climbing Rope. Tie in below your project with confidence knowing that the Curve's low impact force rating of just 7.8 kN and dynamic elongation of nearly 40% means you'll enjoy a soft fall if gravity winds up getting the best of you. If not, then you'll dance your way up that face without feeling bogged down thanks to its narrow 9.8-millimeter diameter and low rope weight of just 61 grams per meter.


  • HD Cover braiding technology produces a smoother rope surface which is more comfortable to handle and more abrasion resistant


  • ARC (Advanced Rope Control) concept utilizes a change in sheath design (color/pattern) at the midpoint for increased safety
  • Perform 3 technology uses optimized braiding and thread torsion to produce a rope that is true to the Edelweiss reputation of durability and reliability while also weighing less, handling better, and offering even more shock absorption
  • Great for all-around use on sport climbs or multipitch trad routes
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
The Edelweiss Curve 9.8 mm is a high-performing, dependable rope, optimized for fast progression to a higher level of climbing on sport and trad routes alike.

The Edelweiss Curve is fluid, light and fit for climbers who want to progress to a higher level.

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Diameter:9.8 mm
Diameter Range:9.5 mm - 9.9 mm
Dry Treatment:None
Dynamic Or Static:Dynamic
Dynamic elongation:37%
Elongation:37% dynamic9.4% static
Impact Force:8.1 kN
Length:70 m
Midpoint Mark:Bi-pattern
Number Of Uiaa Falls:9
Standard Or Dry:Standard
Static elongation:9.4%
UIAA falls:9
Weight:61 g/m
Weight Per Meter:61 g/m
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Edelweiss Curve ARC 9.8 Standard Rope Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

After approx. 15 total pitches one of the red sheath threads began to loop out of the sheath. Backcountry would not exchange the rope straight across for a new one, they offered to return my money. As I purchased the rope during a bi-annual sale, I would have to turn around and pay $45 more in order to get the same rope again. I know that a major competitor of Backcounrty will exchange products (even ropes) straight across for a new one, no questions asked. I contacted the distributor of Edelweiss ropes for the U.S., they are exchanging the rope for a new one. So I will continue to support Edelweiss and the major competitor of Backcountry.

rusp62236 at Backcountry.com on 10/03/2012

I bought this rope for a two week sport climbing trip on prickly Italian limestone. The rope performed brilliantly. I flaked the rope out three times before climbing on it, since my 20+ years of climbing experience has shown that most brand new ropes get kinky (not in a good way) if you don't. It handles well, is smooth yet feels tough enough to give you confidence to take whippers without wondering about your rope. I haven't had it long enough to know how durable it will be, but so far so great!

bigwallbob887879 at Backcountry.com on 03/07/2013

I've had this rope for 2 years now, it has seen countless climbs and has held up incredibly. Only a few very minor burrs on its sheath and it has always been incredibly smooth. Bi-pattern is a nice comfort when you're setting up a descent a few pitches up, and the 9.8 is a nice diameter to rappel on. At 37% dynamic elongation (stretch) it absorbs falls like a pillow absorbs heads. I use the 70 meter length and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market.

Will Howard at Backcountry.com on 12/02/2013

This is a mid-weight rope that is heavy enough for abuse and confidence, but light enough to make it worth carrying. Like all new Edelweiss ropes its a little stiff and slippery out of the box, but I love they way these things handle. I'll report on wear characteristics after a couple of months of heavy use.
Long term report - This thing just came back from a two week trip hangdogging in Kalymnos having held up great.

Patrick Mulligan at Backcountry.com on 03/22/2013

From multipitch to sport cragging, this is the best rope I've used. It's lightweight, durable, and has easy handling. I love taking this rope out and will probably stick with the Curve for many years.

Derek Newman at Backcountry.com on 10/15/2013

Good rope been using for two years now and still works perfectly, the weights not bad so hiking with it is fine.

mcorbs at Backcountry.com on 05/18/2013

bees wasps and hornets attack mine every time i take it out. still a great rope

one3838420 at Backcountry.com on 10/22/2011

Negative Reviews:

This rope began fraying on me by its second day of use. I only used it for lead too! As a rock guide, I have gone through multiple ropes. I have never seen in my 5 years of guiding a rope fray so quick with so little use an virtually no abuse./

Michael at Backcountry.com on 02/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

I've been climbing exclusively on Edelweiss ropes for at least 15 years, and was very satisfied 'til now. The ARC 9.8 is my first under 10mm and isn't very durable, and makes hands filthy ( I'm not a "clean Type"either). I may have 30-40 days on this rope, max, and there are several frayed spots in the sheath. No hangdoggin ,and no big whippers. I washed it for the first time, after the first weekend this year, and ten mostly light days later black hands again. I'm in the market for a new rope... manufacturer

Emerson at Backcountry.com on 05/23/2013

Pay attention to those elongation figures kids. Your friends who're new to climbing or all-around hang-doggers won't be psyched to be top roping on this guy.
Once you're off the deck a ways though, it sure gives a soft landing.
Climbed with the rope a bunch in Thailand and Japan, worked well, felt good in the hands.

Matt Enlow at Backcountry.com on 08/14/2013