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One Star = Piece of junk.
Two Stars = Has one or more significant flaws, with some redeeming qualities.
Three Stars = Average. This solid piece of gear is middle-of-the-road on the current market.
Four Stars = Better than most comparable gear on the market. It has one or two drawbacks, but still 90% positive.
Five Stars = Is there such thing as perfection? An Alpinist Mountain Standards award-winner.
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Mammut Infinity 9.5mm Rope
Posted on: August 16, 2005
Mammut is well known for making very nice climbing ropes and the Infinity 9.5mm is no exception. It fits the bill perfectly as many climbers seem to be choosing skinnier and lighter ropes these days for the majority of their climbing endeavors. Today's ropes get the royal treatment from the factory and Mammut holds nothing back when it comes to constructing you a reliable cord. Many of their ropes get the triple-dip; Teflon coating for durability and edge protection, Superdry treatment throughout the sheath and core to assure minimal freezing and maximum dirt resistance, and finally, Duraflex for better handling. These thing combined make them some of the best around. The Infinity has the perfect strength to weight ratio with a fall rating of 7 and running at 58 g/m. Whether it be for pulling that crux move you've been working on for the past month, or cruising up your favorite 5.8 arete in the mountains, the Infinity will give you the confidence to succeed.