Ditch the Hempex!!!
Many of you have safety in mind when you suspend, wanting to use a rope for your up-lines that is strong and one that has a manufacturer safety rating. 'Hempex' was often the rope of choice due to it's affordability and availability, but we disliked it immensely due to the scratchy feel of the fibres against the skin. During a difficult suspension sequence with a heavy male partner, a minor slip of the hand when using Hempex caused friction burns on two of Angel666's rigging fingers and so the Hempex was unceremoniously ditched and we started the hunt for a replacement.
We had the pleasure of trying POSH (spun polyester with a break load of 552Kg) when we met with some American friends, but after speaking with the manufacturers, we decided to search for a similar but more affordable product.
We have searched high and low for a rope that looks and feels like natural fibre but has the durability and endurance of a synthetic rope. More importantly to us, we wanted a manufacturer break load to provide you with a safety rating for your suspension up-lines. We have trialled a range of ropes from all over the world and are now proud to present SKorpion 'Endure'.
Available in 8m or 10m lengths, 'Endure' is available in 6mm diameter with a manufacturer stated minimum breaking strength of 560Kgs. Endure is stronger and more affordable than other high quality Polyester ropes currently being used for suspension up-lines. It is also ideal for securing your bamboo, for creating hardpoints in the outdoors and also kind enough to tie against the skin.
No conditioning is required other than a simple run through a carabiner to relieve the initial stiffness. Unlike Hempex, 'Endure' improves with use, maintaining it's smooth but natural appearance. Rope models have informed us that it feels good against the skin and riggers have informed us that it is a pleasure to handle.
Suspension is a very dangerous endeavour. Why not add rated ropes to your rope kit to help manage that risk?