Black Diamond Equipment
9.6 - 70m Climbing Rope
The Black Diamond 9.6 balances our highly durable Endurance sheath with a versatile diameter that can takes you from redpoint burns at the crag to multi-pitches in the Valley. READ MORE
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The Black Diamond 9.6 balances our highly durable Endurance sheath with a versatile diameter that can takes you from redpoint burns at the crag to multi-pitches in the Valley. Learn More
DescriptionMove seamlessly from the crag to an all-day multi-pitch adventure with the versatile Black Diamond 9.6. Featuring an Endurance sheath that utilizes a 1X1 weave construction to lengthen the ropes’ lifespan by making it more abrasion-resistant, the 9.6 hits that sweet spot of being thin enough for a hard sport redpoint, but thick enough to take a seasonal beating in the desert. With a middle marker and comfortable handling that knots easily and feeds smoothly through a belay device, the BD 9.6 is our multi-faceted workhorse climbing cord.
- Endurance Sheath: With more material and a unique 1x1 weave construction, our Endurance sheath is abrasion-resistant and lengthens the lifespan of your rope
- Durability and Handling Balance: Purpose-built to balance both durability and great handling, our ropes are not too stiff and not too soft, giving you a great feeling rope that knots easily, feeds through your belay device with ease, yet holds up to a barrage of use
Rope Type : Single
UIAA Factor Falls : 7
Weight Per Meter : 62 g (2.2 oz)
Static Elongation : 7%
Dynamic Elongation : 34.2%
Impact Force : 8.2 kN
Sheath : Endurance
Sheath Slippage : 0
Half Mark : Yes
9.6 - 70m Climbing Rope is rated out of 5 by 16.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jake from Sub par durability My 70m BD/Roca whatever you wanna call it rope has seen four trips. In those trips, roughly 50 single pitch sport and trad routes were climbed. It's seen approximately 40-60 falls- probably nothing over factor .4. The sheath is worn heavily and there is a great deal of sheath slippage. I was super disappointed because the rope handled and looked so great new. Comparing it against the other ropes that I've owned that were much more durable, Mammut, Edelrid, and Bluewater, the weave on the sheath is much finer. I'm no rope expert, I just climb on them. Maybe the dry version holds up better. I won't buy another though. Step it up BD. You're better than this.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by Crit from A year on this rope and still going strong Am I allowed to write a 2nd follow up review? I've owned this rope for almost exactly one year and through that time I've put it through the wringer. Tons of falls, projecting, top ropes, jugging, and dragging through the dirt. It has REALLY held up to the abuse. I was really concerned at the beginning because it got a glazed look after literally the 2nd pitch, but that never affected performance or longevity of the rope I will say that this is hands down the DIRTIEST rope I have ever used. I wont even touch it without gloves on. I have a few friends who own the same rope and their's are very much the same. Apart from that, over an entire years worth of projecting routes, this thing has been a beast
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy from Fantastic, but not entirely impervious Unless you aspire to be the next great free soloist, climbers need a solid, durable and trusty rope. After all, it is ultimately what saves the vertically inclined from themselves. I was super stoked to see Black Diamond release a slew of beautifully colored ropes in a variety of diameters and lengths each appropriate for a multitude of niche endeavors. As I was in the market for a new rope, I opted for BD's new 70m 9.6 in orange. Though a lover of all things green (except gang green), I am admittedly a fair-weather-climber, and so went with the untreated orange version. Right out of the package this rope is akin to a supple leopard - ready for serious action. It flaked perfectly onto my tarp and let me and my buddies take its maiden voyage in Joshua Tree to new heights. This rope feels soft, smooth and burly all at the same time, and has just the right amount of stretch to make for an even softer catch - lots of catches. I was particularly excited by BD's endurance sheath on this 70 meters of 9.6 magic. After retiring my soft Petzl Xion strictly to gym use, I was eager to get something a little tougher and more able to thwart J Tree's attempts to shred my gear. Sadly, and as depicted in the below images, one full day of climbing on the cheese grater rock of J Tree did lead to a bit of fraying of BD's endurance sheath. While the fraying is minimal, I remain a bit bummed at the outcome - kinda how Cameron felt after he, Sloan and Ferris accidentally tossed his dad's Ferrari into the woods after attempting to reset the speedometer. Okay, not really THAT bad, but you get the idea. All-in-all, I'm super happy with this rope. Also, I want to send a shout out to BD's design crew for color coordinating all their newest gear - so nice!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevin from Finally, a rope I really love to use. This rope is a total gem right out of the package. The feel is beautiful and the action is smooth in an ATC as well as a mechanical belay device. I took a 20' fall working a new route on a desert tower in Sedona; soft catch with no sheath trauma. After the fall the rope stayed supple at the working end. Knots are easy to tie and stay secure throughout use. I am so happy I bought it.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by Earl from Nice Handling Rope I love this rope. It is the perfect balance between durability and weight. The 9.6 is the perfect diameter for an easy feeding through the belay device. I have been using this rope for sport climbing, top roping and trad climbing. It has been my general purpose work horse and is holding up great!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zac_Salmon from Smooth handling I finally shook off the old trad crust and decided to drop below 10.0 for a rope. I have put it through the paces primarily on single pitch granite (I use doubles for MP). This rope has held up well with limited fuzzing and has a perfect hand feel. Not too soft, not too stiff, just right. As others have mentioned, I don't foresee the middle mark holding up too long but this is to be expected. The weave feel good to the hand when rapping/belaying and it has the perfect amount of stiffness for smooth clips. I love to see BD getting into the unicore game or making a bipattern rope, but for a budget rope, this fits the bill and I have received multiple compliments from partners also eager to try a BD rope. Additionally, catches have felt just as smooth on the 9.6 as with other 10.2 I have primarily used in the past.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by Crit from So far so good Out of the packaging I was a little taken back by how stiff the rope was. Definitely not as supple as 90% of other ropes I've used. Hopefully that will lead to greater longevity but so far hasn't affected performance. One thing I did notice is that the rope got glazed on literally the second pitch we did. One half of the diameter is now black with a slight melted look, and the other half is orange. This is throughout most of the length of the rope and isnt limited to just the ends. This usually happens to all my ropes eventually but not on the second pitch out of the wrapping. Regardless, the performance again hasn't been affected by this, minimal fraying but still really stiff after probably 15 days on rock and 3 on ice. It's already held many 15-25 foot falls and is doing ok. The real test will be to see how this thing is doing in a year. Some people complain about the middle mark, but I've never had a dyed middle mark that was visible after a few months anyway so it doesn't matter to me. But yea, this one has all but dissapeared when the rope is dirty. Overall, so far so good. Just a little stiff for my liking, but if that results in greater rope life I'm all for it!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by Polishbob from Good handling, not too durable Pretty happy with this rope. The way it's packages, is a major improvement, as it does not end up as twisted mess like other ropes do. It handles nicely, works well with Gri_Gri 2. I used it for about 10 days total, mostly at Index and Squamish. As I stated, it handles well, but it's not too durable. It also is getting dirty fast. Maybe dry version would be a bit more resistant? In all it is a decent rope, but I was hoping to have it last a bit more.
Date published: 2017-08-08