The rock junkies at BlueWater found a way to make a rope that will handily outperform the competition despite being lighter and thinner. That’s because the Slimline has a heavier sheath-to-core ratio (the outside is 25 percent thicker so you don’t need all that bulk in the center). Besides cutting down on your pack weight, though, the beefy sheath makes it more resistant to abrasion— good news, since it’ll function as your lifeline. —Ian Daly

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