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The thinnest and lightest half rope on the market. The first choice for the most demanding outings on ice and mixed or in all those situations in which each gram has its weight. In the 2020 version with the brand new Eco Dry waterproofing treatment without PFC with maximum respect for the environment.
As soon as a new EDELRID rope is in your hands, all you want to do is start climbing right away. The formation of folds and kinks during unrolling could however spoil the joy of the new purchase soon.
From now on, however, this possibility, for all EDELRID ropes, belongs only to the past! The new EDELRID 3D Lap Coil technology makes the unwinding operation unnecessary. In fact, we have introduced the new Lap Coiling machine into our production system, which wraps our ropes in a special way. Thanks also to a pack with a well-designed design, starting to climb with the new rope immediately is child's play, since doing it is really easy. The markings on the rope and the detailed description on the package make the operation even easier: you can therefore start using the rope immediately without annoying twists and twists.
To us, as manufacturers of outdoor equipment, the utmost respect for the environment appears to be something essential. Consequently, we find ourselves on the path of eco-sustainability, which however proves to be a game of balance. With the new SWIFT ECO DRY rope we have taken another step to make our outdoor equipment more eco-friendly and more ecological. The ECO DRY water repellent coating with which this rope is equipped is free of PFC.
In an outdoor equipment, perfluorocarbons (PFC) serve to prevent the penetration of oil, grease or water. In other words, fluorocarbons give clothing, but also ropes, their water-repellent characteristics. Man-made chemicals are not found naturally in the environment and, once released into it, tend to stay there. The longer their carbon chain, the longer they remain in the environment.
It is difficult to find a real alternative to harmful fluorocarbons that proves equally durable and efficient from the point of view of water repellency and dirt resistance. And even more difficult is to equip a rope with a water-repellent coating as you do with a piece of clothing, as its elastic nature and its three-dimensional structure, with its numerous cavities created by the threads of the soul and the sock, make the coating process is particularly difficult. And we must never forget that we entrust our life to climbing the rope. Therefore, no matter what treatment it is subjected to, the rope must never lose its functionality and resistance. Our ECO DRY coating perfectly guarantees these qualities, and in terms of efficiency it is not inferior to PFC in practically no aspect.
The new SWIFT ECO DRY thus becomes the first rope in the world to be completely PFC-free and compliant with UIAA Water-Repellent-Test standards, with a water absorption of only 1-2% of its own weight .
Of course, it is also bluesign® certified and guarantees almost comparable efficiency with that of our PRO DRY line ropes in terms of durability, water repellency and resistance to abrasion and dirt. Discover the new generation of EDELRID strings with SWIFT ECO DRY 8.9 mm!
The UIAA-Water-Repellent-Test is a procedure developed by the UIAA through which it is possible to measure the water repellency characteristics of the ropes. The first phase of this test consists in subjecting a test sample to mechanical wear on the entire surface. This test simulates the wear to which the rope is actually subjected when used on rock and ice. Subsequently the sample is wetted according to a standard procedure for 15 minutes with a certain quantity of water (2 l / min). The sample is weighed before and after wetting. The weight difference between the dry and wet samples is then calculated as a percentage. The percentage of water absorbed must not exceed 5% of the weight of the sample rope. Ropes that meet this requirement can be marked with the «UIAA Water Repellent» mark.
Thermo Shield is the standard treatment to which all ropes are subjected to guarantee the unparalleled handling of EDELRID ropes. This treatment consists of a thermal process through which the threads that make up the core and the braiding of the rope are perfectly harmonized with each other. Thanks to a special heat treatment, the fibers loosen inside the rope and expand. In this way, the sliding characteristics inside the rope are standardized, which thus becomes more manageable and compact. The result is ropes that do not shrink or stiffen quickly.
"Our ropes are clean", for the sake of the environment
Quality and safety are the basic principles that push us from our first steps. We therefore remain faithful to the belief of sustainability for the production of innovative and ecological high-performance ropes. It is only thanks to this principle that today we are able to set new standards in the sustainable production of ropes.
EDELRID was the first manufacturer of ropes in the world capable of adapting its products to the rigorous bluesign® system, that is, to the most stringent ecological standard in the world as regards the production of textile materials. It is an independent standard, recognized internationally and based on five principles: resource productivity, atmospheric emissions, occupational safety, water protection and consumer safety.
All the raw materials we use for the production of our ropes are qualified as «bluesign® approved». In harmony with the optimized production that takes place here at the Isny site, our strings obtain the "bluesign® product" brand, a label which therefore represents their quality brand and guarantees that the product has a low content of pollutants, does not harm health and is manufactured with environmentally friendly procedures. In this way we can fulfill the natural desire of our customers to have a product that is both safe and sustainable.
And we too have learned a lot during this process: after eight years of collaboration with Bluesign Technologies AG in Switzerland, we can draw on a wealth of experience in the field of sustainable production of ropes. By adapting our entire line of ropes to the rigorous requirements of the bluesign® system, it was possible to achieve the following savings objectives in the coloring phase of the sock threads:
For EDELRID this represents a further step forward towards an increasingly sustainable future: for years, in fact, we have been pursuing the path of sustainability and we wish to continue consistently in this direction also in the years to come. We do not do it to give us a virtuous air, but to provide a logical response to the needs of changing times.
In order to say, in good conscience, that "our strings are clean".