Vortex 12.7mm Climbing Rope

$146.00 to $274.00

Awaiting Restock


MATERIALNylon / Polyester
BREAKING STRENGTH35.6 kN (8,000 lb)
DIAMETER12.7mm (1/2"+)

Full-bodied, 12.7mm premium 24-strand climbing rope.

Vortex is the largest of the premium V-Series double-braid ropes from Samson. Vortex has excellent hand, knotability, and strength. For climbers who prefer a full 1/2" (12.7mm) climbing rope, Vortex is the rope of choice.


  • Manufacturer: Samson
  • Diameter: 12.7mm (1/2")
  • Construction: 24-strand
  • Tensile strength: 35.6 kN (8,000 lb)
  • Elongation: 3% elongation at 10% ABS
  • Weight per 100' / 100m: 7.6 lb / 10.9 kg
  • Spliceable: Yes
  • Sewn Eyes: Yes
  • Made in the USA

WesSpur Review on Launch of Vortex

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.


Customer Reviews from the Old WesSpur Site

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, Buzzz). 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: Charlie B

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 8,000 LBS of ABS wipes away the "is my gear going to hold me." JUST LOVE IT!!!

Rated: Excellent Review by: Freeman

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10/16/2023 9:11 am

Feels like silk, handles like a dream

by John

I got this in 2017 and love it for everything except natural crotching. It feels like silk, is not at all stiff yet still flows through my foot ascender, at start of climb, better than my other climbing ropes. I got it with two spliced eyes so I could use it with the Hitch Climber and it works very smoothly. It works single and doubled and has impressive strength for the light weight.

10/29/2023 4:26 pm

Smooth & Strong

by Erik

Ive only used this rope for MRS. Knots great and holds up well, ended up buying a second one! Would recommend!