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Offline zach510

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Where to buy tag line?
« on: August 13, 2008, 10:26:01 am »
Looking for a 6 or 7 mm, 60 meter tag line.   Haven't seen any out there on the web.  Ideas?

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Re: Where to buy tag line?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008, 10:38:52 am »
You can certainly get it off the spool at REI or similiar. I used it as a good excuse to buy another half rope so I went a little big at 8.1mm.
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Re: Where to buy tag line?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 11:36:18 am »
What Baltoro sed.



Not sure if I've ever used a 6mm, but the inherent tangly-ness of increasingly smaller cord makes me wanna stay at 7mm. That dia can be used in some haulers for lite loads like the old WallHaulers, etc.

I've found 8mm to also be a really useful diameter. Works in a Block Roll, P-Trax (and Mini, I presume), and can be jugged or rapped singly in an emergency. A dynamic would have additional uses, but I've used static up to now. I've had great results with a PMI cord that size, and the BD "trail line" (Beal, I think) has worn very well also. An 8mm can be used for hauling a full size load as well.

If not looking for any alternate uses or contingencies for the tag line, I might get a 50-55m to keep L&F and less tangly. But down the road, you may want to pair it with a full lead line for a rap descent or a bail. That's been in my mind when toting a short tag, and I wonder if the shorter length is worth the savings.

A 50' x 5mm can be sweet for shortfixing in blocks.

Just go buy 5 tag lines and you'll be set. = 0

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Re: Where to buy tag line?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008, 02:59:09 pm »
You can certainly get it off the spool at REI or similiar. I used it as a good excuse to buy another half rope so I went a little big at 8.1mm.

and make sure to inspect every inch of it for taped together sections.  it may not be contiguous.  there is a confirmed case of 1" tubular having that issue, so I would be just as careful with cord off the spool.

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Re: Where to buy tag line?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2008, 06:55:58 pm »
Go to you local mom & pop climbing shop or climbing gym and have them special order you a spool of perlon accessory cord.

Spools of webbing are generally spliced, as munge pointed out, but cord is never spliced. I sell the stuff and have never once seen splices in a spool of accessory cord (Bluewater, ABC, Edelweiss, Monster, etc.). Cord is a little more static than a single strand of a half or double rope. It does get stretchy when wet though, and there may be a little sheath slippage. 6-8mm is a good diameter for about any rap/tag application.

5mm is rated anywhere from 1000lbs min breaking strength to 1400lbs. (always depends on manufacturer)
6mm: 1600lbs - 1950lbs
7mm: 2300lbs - 2800lbs
8mm: 2700lbs - 3700lbs

Looking at my spec sheets: Bluewater and ABC are the strongest for all diameters. All brands are reliable, durable, and quality. One can assume that stronger cord also weighs more.
A 60m spool of 7mm (any brand) retails @ ~$78-$95.







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Re: Where to buy tag line?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2008, 10:37:34 am »
I got my 7mm tag line from mtntools.com:

http://mtntools.com/cat/rclimb/rope/02staticrope.html

YMMV