Thin climbing ropes are generally lighter to carry but trade on durability. Carrollton, Georgia manufacturer Bluewater – which makes all of their product in-house – has tweaked their construction methods to build a more robust sheath on the skinny 9.3MM Dynamic Wave rope, allowing it a longer life. "Its smaller and lighter, like a skinny racing tire," says Bluewater president Scott Newell. Believe it or not, some of the most technical climbing rope in the world – the stuff used by Alex Honnold, Conrad Anker, and Tommy Caldwell – comes from a small family-owned plant in Western Georgia. [$183; bluewaterropes.com]
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