Product: Beal Karma Climbing Rope 40m
Price: £81.00 (Go Outdoors Members Price)
Tested: 1 year – indoor use only
As an indoor climber, I was given the opportunity to test the Beal Karma Climbing Rope 40m by Go Outdoors. I found the rope to be easy to handle and work with, thanks to its relatively narrow 9.8mm diameter and lightweight construction (61g per meter).
The 40m length of the rope is also well-suited for indoor climbing, as most indoor climbing walls don’t exceed 20m in height. Using a longer rope can take a considerable amount of time to uncoil throughout the course of a training session and can be unnecessarily heavy.
It’s worth noting that the narrow diameter of the Beal Karma Climbing Rope 40m can make it prone to running through belay devices quickly, especially when it is new. However, with proper use and breaking in, this issue can be minimized/should not be an issue.
While I have not had the chance to test the rope outdoors myself, according to the manufacturer’s overview, the Beal Karma Climbing Rope 40m features Beal’s Unicore technology, which binds the sheath and core of the rope together to enhance its durability and resistance to moisture. Additionally, the rope’s Dry Cover technology adds a water-resistant treatment to the sheath, further protecting it from moisture.
In conclusion, I have thoroughly enjoyed using the Beal Karma Climbing Rope 40m for indoor climbing. The rope feels durable and reliable. Although I have not had the opportunity to use this rope outdoors, I believe that the Dry Cover technologies make it a great option for outdoor climbing as well.
However, if I were to use this rope outdoors, I would ensure that it is long enough for the pitches and do my research before committing to it. This may not be an issue on most sport routes, but it could be a more significant consideration for trad climbing.