This rope has a super smooth sheath. It is also ultra flexible for such a hefty gauge cord. I actually prefer this rope over some of the thinner ropes. The breaking is also excellent despite the super smooth sheath. I also really like the way this rope contrasts against pretty much any piece of rock (I got the green one).
I use this rope in the gym 3-4 times a week and fall on it a lot. It's been holding up great, it has been really easy to pull it up and clip. It's very smooth and stretchy. The middle mark is very helpful when I'm climbing up 70 feet or outside. Overall great first rope and I would recommend it to anyone.
I took this rope out for a week long trip and it's the best rope I've used! Most people I climb with use Sterling, but I found this one to be much smoother than any Sterling I've used. There were a few instances of bad rope drag and it didn't fray at all, still looks brand new!I was nervous about the 10.1mm size, but I did not even notice a weight difference between this and the 9.8mm rope I was also using on my most recent trip.Overall, I highly suggest this workhorse!
I got my hands on one of these on sale and would buy it again even at a higher price. The rope handles easily and has remained supple after a Spring, Summer, and Fall of top roping. The dry rope aspect comes into play if you live in a van down by the river.
Was a little skeptical about this rope as first due to it's diameter. When using this rope, it ran thru my ATC smoothly and provided enough friction to stop a falling climber. The only problem with it was the stretch was a little more intimidating compared to other ropes. By this I mean that the fall was greater. After taking a fall on it and hurting my ankle, I became more aware of the stretch in it. Other than that, the dry technology is perfect for a year round climbing rope for rock and ice climbing. It is a little big for a double line climb for ice climbing.
I love this rope! This rope is by far my favorite rope, it flies through the belay device making it so much faster to repel. It also has a thicker sheath on it so its way more durable but a bit heavier to say the least. The rope is a 10.1mm rope making it a great all around rope for sport, trad, gym, even big wall climes! It has a UIAA fall rating of 7 and a dynamic stretch of 33.6% making a fall softer than some of my other ropes. As most ropes go they're all 60 to 70m long and so is this one. It costs around $199 to $235, but is a great buy. So all in all the Petzl Xion 10.0mm is an awesome rope and i would recommend it to anyone.
This rope is smooth! It screams through belay devices, making it a blast to rappel with. Being 10.1mm, it is a bit heavy so I would recommend this for those sport climbing close to their campsite/car. Other than the weight, a great purchase!
Bought this rope to split with a buddy as a gym rope. I know it is probably more suitable as a craig rope, but since we were splitting it I wanted something nice. So far, it has been awesome. Although it is a 10.1 it still runs through my GriGri like butta! I was hoping that getting a 10.1 instead of a 9.8 would make it last for a long time being a gym rope (pending I don't take it outside). I have caught few falls on it too with both the ATC and my GriGri... so far so good. Hasn't really gotten tangled yet and when it starts to, it untangles easily. I have the bright green one... Probably one of the best looking ropes at the gym.
The 10.1 feels more slender than even smaller ropes, and it feels great in the hands. It is a smooth, slick rope which is perfect for me because, weighing in at 120, I struggle on rappels with other ropes. The Xion runs easily and smoothly through my ATC. (I can see how this might make rappels extraordinarily fast for those that weigh more). Though great for rappelling, I've no problem with lock offs on belay. I have climbed on sandstone, granite, besalt, Rhyolite... Never had any problem with wear. I do love my Xion.
I posted a review earlier about this rope. After having used it for about 10 trips, I would like to go back and mention my that the sheath of this rope wears very easily. Running over moderately sharp edges the rope has done more than just fuzzed out, it has wore substantially into the sheath in several spots. So much so that I had to cut off about 10 feet of the rope where their was a lot of damage to the sheath. I inspected the core fibers where the sheath was damaged and they were still completely intact so I believe the damage was cosmetic but compared to the other two ropes I have it wears very easily. I think this is due to how supple the rope is.
"Great rope, but the sheeth is very slick"
I just bought this rope about 6 months ago and love the feel and durability. My only complain is that it is very slick, making repelling a hand-burning event (without gloves). It is so fast that I can completely lock off when repelling and I still slide down the rope. This is because it is a "dry rope", but the advantage is that the dry rope withstands moisture and dirt better. If you are looking for a good standard rope for lots of climbing in wet places like the NW this one is great.
"Awesome rope would definitely recommend."
Hardly feels like a 10.1, I have a 9.9 and they feel like the same diameter. The rope is beautiful and works superbly. I use the rope for all around climbing, it's a good middle ground between a workhorse rope and an onsight rope.