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Light, hard-wear­ing, skinny red­point ropes are the thing these days, a far cry from the era of beefy 11mm rigs that some­times felt like drag­ging up an an­chor. The new 56 grams/ me­ter ( or 8 lbs, 6 oz to­tal for the 70m) Blue­Wa­ter Xenon is a sleek, svelte, high- per­form­ing new en­try into this cat­e­gory. Hold­ing seven UIAA falls and with a dy­namic elon­ga­tion of 34 per­cent and static elon­ga­tion of 4.8 per­cent, the dou­ble- dry Xenon held up to wear- andtear while sec­ond­ing over gran­ite lips, but was also a silky- smooth red­point com­pan­ion on over­hang­ing sand­stone sport climbs. The rope had a solid feel right off the fac­tory coil, with min­i­mal kink­age and a good “hand”; whether you’re get­ting af­ter ice, multi- pitch trad, or hard sport, this is a bomber, long- last­ing, light­weight 70. $228 dry, $213 non-dry; blue­wa­ter­ropes.com

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