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Samson Vortex 12.7mm Climbing Line

The Lowdown

Samson's new Vortex climbing line is a 1/2-inch diameter line with high strength and low stretch.  The key is that it is a double-braid 24 strand, normally only found in thinner diameter lines. This makes it much lighter than traditional 16 strand 1/2" lines.  

Tech Specs
  • Diameter: 12.7mm / 1/2"
  • Ave Strength: 4000kg / 8,800lb
  • Construction: Double-braid 24 strand
  • Material: Polyester / Nylon
  • Elongation: 3% at 10% of ABS
  • Spliceable: Yes - Class 1 Double-braid.
Treegear Takeaway

Some of us old-schoolers who grew up on 1/2" 16 strand lines find gripping modern skinny lines hard on our banged-up old hands...  If you like the feel of grabbing a full 1/2" line but don't want to have to deal with unnecessary bounce or weight this is the rope for you.  It is also proving popular for SRT, giving a bit more of reassuring handful when you're used to grabbing 2 legs of thinner line in DdRT.