The Tendon Ambition 10mm is a mid-range dynamic climbing rope aimed towards Sport Climbing. It features an SBS braid (where each strand is braided individually to create greater wear resistance and improve handling), tapered ends and pre-marked centre point. This week, we flew out to Spain to the crags of El Chorro to put this kit through it’s paces…
With a slightly silky finish, the Ambition 10.0 feels slightly more ridged then other ropes we have tested, however it generally handled well – both when tying knots and in the belay. After a fall a standard retied 8 was easy to undo and we found the Ambition had smooth characteristics when belaying and lowering.
Although the Ambition may not be the best handling rope on the market, durability is where the rope really stands out. Here in El Chorro, Spain (where the prickly sharp rock makes short work of both your hands and your rope) the Ambition stood it’s ground whatever was thrown at it and after repeated use showed very little signs of wear and only mild oval deformation, you get the impression this rope is going to last.
At 65 grams per meter, the Tendon Ambition sits in the middle of it’s rivals in terms of weight – at this price point it’s around what you’d expect and doesn’t feel particularly heavy or light, just well made.
Although the Ambition is slightly more expensive then some of it’s rivals, we feel it could outlast them over time. Based on the build quality of the rope, we think the Ambition is good value for money.
If you’re looking for a mid-range durable rope for outdoor use, the Tendon Ambition 10.0 is worth considering. In comparison, the Mammut Vertex 10.0 handled better, but was not quite a durable – so it depends what your priorities are, and the type of rock that you’re climbing.