Vortex Rope Cool x 64'
Weight: 4.48 lb
1/2 inch size, the big brother to Velocity.
Vortex rope is a 1/2 diameter rope that builds that is very soft and supple. This rope is easy to tie knots in and easy to splice.
For anyone who wishes that Velocity rope was a little larger, then this rope is for you.
What is the difference between Vortex and Velocity?
Years ago Samson rope came out with a great 24 strand climbing called Velocity. It came in two types, one was called Velocity Hot and the other was called Velocity Cool. They are both the same rope, the only difference is that the "hot" color is a red and orange color, and the "cool" is a blue and green color, otherwise they are the exact same rope. The rope became known for a few things:
- Nice tight feel, but somewhat smaller sized in feel compared to other similar ropes.
- Unique waxy coating that was applied at the factory. Some guys like this, some don't.
- Toughest 24 strand rope to splice.
- Doesn't fuzz up with use like other 24 strand ropes (Blaze, Tachyon, Blue Moon, etc.)
Velocity has lots of die hard fans that really love it, Frank Chipps set a world record foot lock time with this rope, so it got a lot of good press from that. Even though it is technically a 7/16 rope, it feels smaller than that, so a lot of guys like the lighter weight, slim down feel of this rope. Sort of a more minimalist thing.
Anyway, this rope comes from the factory with a waxy coating. I say waxy, but it isn't like candle wax, just a "grippyness" that is pretty cool. Again, some guys like that, some don't. Velocity is also a tough 24 strand rope to splice, even when it is new. It does make a great splice, it just takes a bit longer to do, but the results are pretty nice.
Personally, I have a 150' section of this that I use and it isn't bad. For me, it makes a great summer time rope, a nice hot day with a lot of fast movement through the tree and bailout hitch cord works great. In the winter I prefer a little larger rope like a 16 strand rope since I'm wearing gloves and moving slower anyway.
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