We list all the brands and manufacturers who sell/make dynamic climbing ropes.

The listings are categorized alphabetically as follows:

Brand name: the name of the company selling the rope (not always the same name as the rope manufacturer)

*  by brand name: rope brands that are not currently represented on WeighMyRack.com (explained below)

Rope manufacturing location: this does not necessarily represent the location where the brand is headquartered, just the country where the ropes are made

Quick description: some history and notes about the ropes and/or the brand’s offering

ABC – Phased out their dynamic rope offering.

Beal (France) – Starting in 1976, Beal has been changing the game of climbing with breakthroughs like Unicore technology.

Black Diamond (Spain) – Starting Fall 2016, BD has expanded their range to include ropes.

BlueWater Ropes (US) – The first American company to make a dynamic climbing rope.

Cousin-Trestec (France) – Historically this French 150+ year old rope manufacturer made climbing ropes for many different climbing brands. They now carry their own line of climbing ropes.

DMM – no longer distributes ropes. 

Edelrid (Germany) – In 1953 Edelrid invented the concept of a rope with a core and sheath (called kernmantel) that every rope manufacturer uses today.

Edelweiss (France) – Kickin’ since the 1950’s, Edelweiss developed the first 8-fall rope in 1975, and continued to lead the pack in rope durability.

Espirit* (Canada) – Lists 5 different styles of ropes on their site for uses ranging from ice climbing to big wall endeavors.

Gilmonte* (Slovakia) – Took over from from Žilmont (new management, new brand, new logo, new technology, new ropes). They have make static and dynamic ropes.

Mammut (Switzerland) – In 1862 Mammut started making hemp ropes, 90 years later they launched their first mountain rope.

Maxim/New England Ropes (US) – Maxim is the brand name of the dynamic rope division of New England Ropes. Though, as of Feb 1, 2014, NERopes is now known as Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corporation.

Metolius (Czech) – In 2003 Metolius launched their Monster series. They currently have 5 rope types which are designed for a very specific purpose-no fluff. Note: Previous to the Monster series, Metolius distributed Mammut ropes from the early 90’s to the early 00’s.

Millet (France) – In the late 90’s Millet’s owners bought out two rope makers: Rivory and One Sport, who then allied with Cousin whom they partnered with until a few years ago.

Ocun* (Czech) – In 2012, Ocun started offering three rope diameters, a 9.4mm, 10mm and a 10.4mm spool for indoor climbers.

Petzl (Germany) – Petzl has contracted different manufacturers over the years to design ropes according to their specifications, as of Q4 2014 Edelrid is manufacturing Petzl-branded ropes.

PMI* (US) – PMI does not currently offer dynamic ropes under their own name (they do manufacturer ropes for other brands). PMI’s intention was to bring their own dynamic catalog back into full distribution for 2015.

Roca (Spain) – Distributed in the US thanks to Kevin at Fixe Hardware. Roca is over 100 years old, starting as a ropemaker in 1891.

Simond* (France) – Relatively new to selling ropes, Simond launched their rope line in the late 00’s.

Singing Rock (Czech) – In June 2009, Singing Rock and Lanex merged, but then in 2013, Singing Rock became their own company again. Since 2009, Singing Rock has been selling ropes.

So Ill (US) – As of late 2014 / early  2015 So ill started offering a small selection of ropes aimed at gym climbers (40m & 60m).

Sterling (US) – Founded in 1992 Sterling began selling ropes in 1993. All Sterling ropes are still manufactured at their facility in Bedford, Maine.

Tendon* (Czech) – The dynamic ropes division of Lanex, one of the larger rope manufacturers. Distributed by Cascade Alpinist in the US.

Trango (US) – Previously a distributer of PMI, Trango transitioned to designing their own rope line and are currently contracting with PMI’s manufacturing facilities to produce them.

Yates (US) – Historically sold Wall Ropes (slightly modified BlueWater Ropes), but they no longer offer ropes in standard climbing lengths (you can request a 200m spool).

*Brands of ropes that are not currently represented on WeighMyRack due to missing specs/prices.

Today, on WeighMyRack you’ll find all the ropes sold in the US, but not the entire world’s offering, which is quite different from our other product pages, like carabiners and belay devices, where we aim to have every piece of gear available in the world. The reasoning:

  • Getting specs for the non-US ropes has been a seemingly-insurmountable hurdle even after close to 2 years of research.
  • It’s extremely challenging to determine an accurate price for a proper comparison. Some European manufacturers don’t offer their prices to non-buyers or the prices are in different currencies. Although we can convert the currency (statically, not reflecting market fluctuations) the real challenge is that distributors/retailers frequently adjust the price of Euro-made-US-distributed ropes to make them “competitive” in the US market. Our conversion would not reflect this and could make some ropes seem very cheap (or incredibly expensive), when they’re not, because they are not actually available at that price. Bottom Line: We’re still trying to work out a proper solution that would allow us to show every rope available in the world market.
  • Adding these non-US ropes would add 200+ products that don’t actually exist as choices since they are not available in the US (and often aren’t even readily available in Europe).

The good news is most European brands usually bring their “top” ropes to the US. Importing ropes is pricey and there’s lots of competition so they bring the ropes with the best chance of selling. We hope to solve all of the non-US rope problems in the future, but for now we will be exclusively showing ropes available in the US at: www.weighmyrack.com/rope.

Final note: We may not know where to buy all these US ropes (not every rope imported into the US is available for sale online). Online retailers may not carry all these fantastic ropes, and it may be your local specialty retailer who has the particular rope you’re looking for. When we use the term “US ropes”, we are referring to all of the ropes that are available on US price lists, that US retailers have the opportunity to stock.

Oh, and, if you’re only looking for ropes to buy, that are currently on sale, this page would be worth checking out:


Alison Dennis

Alison Dennis

Alison (she/her) runs WeighMyRack from her 17' travel trailer. She is currently touring the US and would love if you contacted her to meet up to talk about climbing, climbing gear, or if you have any fun and/or ridiculous adventure in mind.

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