Looking for a decent sport climbing rope on budget? The Mammut Vertex might just fit the bill. We’ve taken ours from the gym, to the alps and around the UK to see how it performed.
Compared to other budget ropes we’ve used, the Mammut Vertex handles surprisingly well and is a nice departure from the feeling of the sort of ropes you’ll find rigged at your local gym. It ties well and undoes without excessive force (even after a fall), we found basic climbing knots didn’t tend to undo by themselves during use either, which is nice.
So far, our 60m length of Vertex has been dragged over all sorts of rock types (usually with resentful cringes on our faces as we try desperately to make the rope run a little better), although it has started to fluff (technical term) a little and does appear slightly more oval in cross section, it has stood up to the abuse fairly well. Overall, we’re happy with how it’s lasted so far.
The Mammut Vertex 10mm is a little on the heavy side, we’ve put together a comparison below of similar priced 10mm ropes and it does measure up as one of the heaviest, that said, at this price point it’s hard to complain and the difference between the Vertex and it’s competitors is marginal.
For what you get, we think the Vertex is really great value for money, especially if you shop around; we found the Vertex on sale all over the place, so hunt around for a good deal.
For those of us that are getting their first rope, getting into lead climbing or just want to start heading outdoors; it’s worth checking this rope out, we really like and will continue to use it. The 10mm diameter is a nice starting point for most, it belays and locks well without excessive bulk and if you can put up with the slightly heavier weight, and fairly questionable colour schemes it’s a steal.