Edelrid Eagle Light ReviewOctober 18, 2015
- Great handling & durability
- Nice features to increase performance
- Not as resistant to dirt
- Middle mark became hard to see
The Edelrid Eagle Light is a durable and well handling 9.5mm rope with features and characteristics that make it a versatile and quality rope for a wide range of users.
The Eagle Light was the most popular rope with testers for its handling. The rope is supple and takes knots really well, cinching down tight and with great security. The rope fed smoothly through a wide range of belay devices but also caught falls promptly. Testers regularly remarked about the friendly feel of the rope when clipping and handling on route. The size and feel of the Eagle Light is what prompted a tester to choose it for a four tower link-up in Castle Valley outside Moab and it didn’t disappoint.
Resistance to Dirt
Out of the plastic, the Eagle Light had a beautiful oasis-ice mint color that caught many people’s eye and for several days it appeared that it would resist the dirt and maintain its eye popping allure. But, as happens with many ropes, that bright color was worn away as it absorbed dirt. Compared to many ropes, the Eagle Light still did well in its resistance to dirt, thanks to Edelrid’s DryShield treatment that is designed to resist dirt but it didn’t fair as well as the Metolius Monster.
The Eagle Light held up well for a rope of its size despite the varied and tough uses we put the rope through during testing, including long days of climbing over sharp rock, days of guiding and more. According to Edelrid, it has “state of the art yarns” and as much material in it as a 9.8 rope. Whatever the reason, after over 30 days of testing the sheath has shown some signs of wear and has appeared slightly less durable than the Trango Catalyst, but it still looks good and relatively free of frays.
A number of added features help the Eagle Light shine, including Edelrid’s Dry Shield finish, which we put to the test during ice and alpine climbing and while being drug through the desert on long days. A simple black middle mark was initially easy to find but as the rope lost some of its luster, the black middle mark also seemed to fade and it became harder to find when seeking out that middle point for rappels.
The Eagle Light is a versatile rope thanks to its size, great handling and dry finish. Experienced sport, trad and alpine climbers looking for a rope that handles well and holds up during repeated wear and tear should consider this cord. Newer climbers may seek out something with a little more girth, particularly for repeated top-roping.