Platinum(R) Rope Technology Explained

Available now, the Protect PA is the first static rope that has no sheath slippage thanks to Platinum(R) technology. New England ropes is using a new braiding method to keep the core and the sheath together. Instead of gluing or taping the sheath to the core, New England Ropes has developed the technology to weave the sheath and the core together every 60cm.

New England Platinum Technology
I took some liberties with the rope product catalog photos.
Quick Aside: New England Ropes has technically changed their name to Teufelberger according to the NEropes website. Their dynamic climbing ropes will stay under the Maxim brand name. Since this is a static rope and nobody has yet to hear of Teufelberger, we’re sticking with the New England Ropes name for clarity.

Here are the details of the Protect Rope Platinum(R) technology:

Every 60cm, internal fibers come out from the core to become part of the sheath. In exchange, the sheath fibers go through the core and starts wrapping inside. Below is a model of what the rope looks like:

New England Ropes Teufelberger Platinum Static Line Rope
I took some liberties with the rope product catalog photos.

This new braiding technology eliminates sheath slippage as the sheath and core are effectively tied together. Traditionally, when a core fiber is broken, it renders that entire strand useless from that point on. With Platinum(R) technology, less than 60cm of that strand is considered broken.

New England Platinum Technology Core Shot
This image is from the Platunum(R) technology product catalog.

In addition to the lack of sheath slippage, there’s another added benefit: in-use, the load is spread more evenly across the rope so we should be seeing higher strength numbers. This is because the core strands will now share the load with the sheath as they are able to reinforce one another.

New England Platinum Technology Load Spread
I took some liberties with the rope product catalog photos.

The Platinum(R) product catalog also claims this method will create better handling and a longer life.

Here’s the official Platunum(R) technology video from the TeufelbergerGroup (warning: it’s pretty corporate. If you want a tree-climbers honest camera-in-hand review, check out this video on youtube):

Admittedly, I’ll be waiting for the dynamic version, but if you’re hauling, bolting, or route-setting, this would definitely be a static rope to consider. It’ll also be great in high abrasion and wet areas, and may add extra mental comfort when used as a tag/rap line. It’s available in: 9mm, 10.5mm, 11.5mm, 12.5mm, for roughly a dollar per foot.

Since this rope just came out, we haven’t been able to find it at any of our normal retailers. We did find it at Sherrill Tree though.

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