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Samson's new Vortex climbing line is a lightweight, full 1/2-inch line with high strength and low stretch, while still coming in under the weight of a 16-strand. Vortex is the newest double-braid climbing line from Samson ropes, and takes advantage of all the latest innovations in rope manufacturing to produce a great climbing line with excellent hand, knotability, and strength. Vortex is truly impressive, in that it is lighter than a 16-strand or 12-strand climbing line, but has an incredible average strength of 8,800 lb, surpassing even our popular ArborMaster® rope as the strongest climbing line we sell! This will be the climbing line of choice for professionals.
Also available is Vortex “Hot” (red/orange/white).
Quick Overview: 1/2” diameter, 8,800 ABS, 7.6 lb per 100’.
Rated: Excellent Review by: Niceguydave
“For several months now I have kept mum about the new 12.7mm climb line from Samson. I and a handful of other climbers across the country tested the prototypes of this line. What Samson has come out with is a quality 1/2" 24-strand climb line. It has great hand, knots well, redirects in the canopy, works great with ascenders, Ropewrench, and mechanical belay devices. Being a 1/2" rope with Nylon core this is a bit more weight, though still less than a 16-strand. This is a great climb line for those of us who climb in the rain - the extra diameter eases the strain on the hands when pulling. Vortex comes in a variegated blue-green and variegate orange-red color patterns. This is my new main work line.”
Rated: Excellent Review by: Charlie B
“After reading Niceguydave's review of this rope, I felt comfortable buying this product without ever seeing it. He's RIGHT! When I opened the box, this was the nicest looking piece of rope I own (I also own Safety Blue Hi-Vee, Lava, Fire, ArborMaster RWB, Buzz). This product feels soft and silky to the touch but at the same time, firm and strong. I usually perform take downs only using DRT, but I think I might start using a friction saver just to keep this rope looking good. I have tried several different prusik cords on it and all seem to work OK (VT Hitch). Definitely worth the money. Beautiful tight eye splice by the WesSpur Splicing Dept.”
Rated: Excellent Review by: Freeman
“This line is a great choice! I had no problems using all of my mechanical devices! The thicker rope offers far better handling! Knots easy and friction hitches glide like a dream! So happy to have made this my new climbing line! Also, something about 8,800 LBS of ABS wipes away the "is my gear going to hold me." JUST LOVE IT!!! ”
|Diameter||:||1/2” / 12.7 mm|
|Average Strength||:||8,800 lb / 4,000 kg|
|Material||:||Polyester / Nylon|
|Wt. per 100’/100m||:||7.6 lb / 11.3 kg|
|Elastic Elongation||:||3% at 10% ABS|
PDF showing Vortex specifications: Download Vortex DatasheetSamson Vortex Cool Splicing Instructions
Free Vortex Cool Rope splicing instructions from Samson's website: Download splicing instructions
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released the ANSI Z133 safety requirements which apply to arboriculutral operations.
Arborist climbing lines are required to have a minimum breaking strength of 5,400 lb (24 kN) when new, and should be no smaller than 1/2” (12.7mm) unless the employee has been trained in the use of smaller line (down to 7/16” / 11mm), and the line's working elongation should not exceed 7% at 540 lb load.
Samson Vortex Cool rope meets ANSI Z133-2012 standards.
The full ANSI Z133 safety requirements are available on our tree care standards page.