One rope ﾖ three certifications. It is a single rope, half rope and twin rope all in one. With its 8.9 mm diameter, the Swift is one of the skinniest single ropes on the market.
Thermo Shield is the standard treatment that Edelrid applies to all their ropes. The thermal stabilizing process ensures that the core and sheath yarns are perfectly balanced. A special heat treatment cure first relaxes then shrinks the rope’s fibers. This harmonizes the gliding characteristics of the yarns inside the rope and ensures that it remains compact and supple throughout its life. It also ensures that the rope does not shrink or becomes stiff.
Untreated ropes can absorb up to 50 % of their own weight in water. When wet, such ropes become extremely heavy, difficult to handle and may freeze in cold conditions. Moreover, their safety reserves are compromised. This is why dry treated ropes are used for activities where ropes are more likely to get wet, such as ice climbing or mountaineering. Pro Dry is a new finishing process, which provides a solution to this problem. First the core yarns are infused. Then, once braiding is completed, the finished rope (core and sheath) is infused again. In a final stage, the dry treatment is thermally fixed. The result is a rope that is durably water repellent and dirt resistant. Pro Dry ropes are particularly quick drying, absorb virtually no water and are resistant to freezing in cold temperatures. Due to their minimal water absorption (1–2 %) in accordance with the UIAA waterrepellent test, Pro Dry ropes hardly increase in weight. As such, they continue to perform well and provide high safety reserves even in wet conditions.
With the Swift Eco Dry ropes Edelrid has made another step towards achieving the goal of sustainable and environmental-friendly outdoor gear. Edelrid proudly presents the new CO zero rope coating that is totally free of PFC!
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) ensure that outdoor equipment repels oil, grease and water. For this reason they are used to give outerwear or ropes their water-repellent finish. Finding a real alternative to these harmful chemicals that is as highperforming and long lasting when it comes to the water- and dirt-repellent effect, is hard.
When climbing, we entrust our live to the rope, thus, any chemical treatment used must guarantee the rope’s functionality and
durability. The C0 coating completely fulfills these demands and gets very close to the high performance of the harmful PFCs.
It is also this coating making the new SWIFT ECO DRY the world’s first 100 % PFC free rope that complies with the UIAA water-repellent standard absorbing only 1–2 % of the rope’s own weight.