How to choose the best climbing rope depends on how you intend to use it. There are basically two types of climbing ropes, static and dynamic. You climb with dynamic ropes (sport, trad, or whatever) and you do the hard work such as ascending , rescues or hauling with static ropes. Never use static ropes for top roping or lead climbing as they are not designed for those types of loads.
We tested five harnesses to determine which is the best climbing harness for multi pitch. I’m aware there are a lot of harnesses out there, we pay for ALL of the gear we test out of our own pockets, so we tested the ones we thought were designed for multi pitch use.
Let’s get to it. I took into consideration many factors such as comfort, durability, number and placement of gear loops to name a few. Some of the harnesses have “automatic” buckles, this is not necessarily a good thing as far as multi pitch climbing is concerned. Sometimes you need to undo the leg loops for one reason or another.
The Sterling Hollow Block is a sewn prusik or klemheist made from RIT 900™ cord. This hollow braid cord is made of 100% aramid fiber which is basically Nomex (the same material used by Firefighters). It is sewn with Sterling’s proprietary sewing pattern giving it added strength, durability and gripping power on rope 7mm and larger.