New England "Safety Blue" (13mm) Hot
User reviewsView all user reviews
Average user rating from: 6 user(s)
|Type of Use||4.0 (6)|
|Frequency of Use||3.7 (6)|
|Ease of Use||4.2 (6)|
very tough rope ,takes all i can throw at it
very strong reliable rope ! standard use for most companies i have worked for over the years.
now i'm on my own i use it for my primary d.r.t.
easy to see when it is in need of cleaning.
an i allso gave a piece to my dogs for there tug rope and to play with and has
held up well over the years lol
Last updated: September 22, 2011
- View all my reviews
Heavy but tough as nails
Tough as nails rope. Great rope for traditional DRT work climbs. Super strong, evokes confidence when climbing. Very heavy but durable. Show dirt a lot due to color. Easy on large hands.
This is the 1st line I climbed on at work. It's standard issue. It's strong, has a "good hand", holds knots well right out of the box,...and it's value priced. You just can't get a better bang for your buck. (If you get the Hi-Vee version of this for work purposes, you will not have the excuse of not being able to see it if you cut it. The Hi-Vee maintains its visibility even after it gets a bit grimmy.)
The white safety blue is my rope of choice for our facilitated climbing events. Like the comfy old sweatshirt mentioned earlier, This rope seems to have a built in reliable familiarity to it.
I use a 20' hank of this for my dogs tie out. (Settle down you PITA types, it's only for when he has to pee or wants to hang out outside for short stints.) After 3 years of sun, rain, snow, ice it still keeps his 85# self securely in our yard. So I guess you could say it rates high for being multi purpose.:)
Last updated: April 24, 2008
Top 10 Reviewer - View all my reviews
Like a favorite old sweatshirt...
When I began recreational tree climbing, a 120' hank of safety blue was my first choice. I like it. It's comfortable, familiar, and safe. like an old sweatshirt.
After using static line for rescue for so many years, I was really surprised at how soft the hand of the Safety Blue was. It ties easily and holds knots well. At first I thought it was slippery, but then I realized that it was the abrasion resistant coating. I use a Petzl ascender on my foot loop and this rope is holding up very well. No pulls or loose fibers.
At the risk of forsaking my favorite old sweathirt, I bought a second hank of High V Safety Blue. My wife can use it when we climb together. Good Rope - period.
NE Rope Safety Blue braid, 1/2"
11/26/2007 - New England Safety Blue, 1/2" 16 strand
1/2", 16 strand NE Safety Blue braid (NE SBB) is among my oldest and newest climbing lines. Because if something works for me, I replace it. Safety Blue braid, in case you don't know, gets its name from the deep blue fibers in its core that immediately become starkly visible against the rope's outer covering if any real damage is done, such as cutting with a chain or hand saw.
Safety Blue is LIGHT.
Safety Blue knots well.
Safety Blue holds up to UV pretty well, considering mine is white. (You'd think the lighter the color the better for exposure, but it's actually the opposite - as a rule, darker is better for prolonged exposure to sunlight.)
Safety Blue is durable.
I used my original 105' NE SBB line for SRT, "Texas Style" with Petzl ascenders. I went up that same piece of rope nearly every day, twice a day, for 2 years. I climb mostly for the exercise and the love of it, so it was getting a lot of use, day and night, spring-summer-winter-fall. You'd think those ascenders would have killed that rope, but that same section is now part of my mobile climbing rig I carry in my truck. Even being outside in a tree for years, all that UV exposure didn't kill it. I purchased that rope back in 2002, so I am getting close to retiring it as a climbing line - but I haven't yet.
Any rope sheds some fuzz when descending using a figure '8'. This one, as it gets older, is now throwing off some dust, i.e. polyester fine particulates. Maybe as this line (or any line for that matter) gets used more and more, it might be a good idea to think about a mask to keep from inhaling the polyester dust.
I give it a 4, not a 5, for ease of use because, after having experience with a 12 strand line like Safety Pro, I feel that friction hitches like the Blakes require a little more care and attention with any 16 strand.
It's furred up a bit, and I can feel the difference betwixt my old and new NE SBB lines insofar as the old line is less "supple". But the old line still performs well and I'm currently using it as a lifeline for a removal right now. Good stuff. Hey NE Rope ... Thanks for making it great!