Climbing ropes are used for climbing on rocks, snow, and caves and for the purpose of rescue. Climbing ropes are designed to ensure safety in varying conditions and environments. Depending on climbing style, the length, width, and type of climbing ropes vary greatly. Climbing ropes are connected via a harness to one end of the gear in the wall or rock. This ensures smooth climbing. Use of climbing ropes prevents the fall of climbers while producing small-impact force. A dynamic climbing rope is made from a single braided thread. A climbing rope is designed to get stretched during a fall so as to absorb the energy generated by the fall. Traditional climbing ropes are being replaced by longer and heavier climbing ropes measuring 55–60 meters. In order to evaluate climbing ropes, the International Union of Alpine Associations (UIAA) has developed certain standards in terms of rope strength. These are called fall test.
The raw material used in the manufacture of climbing ropes is nylon (i.e. polyamide) yarn. It has extreme strength and elasticity. Due to its elasticity, climbing ropes can withstand high pressures. Since nylon is susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity levels, a climbing rope that is braided in a hot and humid environment differs from a rope braided in a cool and dry environment in terms of performance. Apart from climbing as a sports activity, climbing ropes are used in gyms. Climbing ropes come in a variety of colors and designs. The global climbing ropes market is expanding rapidly, due to rapid adoption of outdoor sports across the globe.
The global climbing ropes market can be segmented in terms of product, size, distribution channel, and geography. Based on product, the climbing ropes market can be categorized into dynamic and static. Durability of static ropes is higher than dynamic ropes, as they do not stretch much to attain the impact. Dynamic climbing ropes offer higher impact absorption. In terms of size, the global climbing ropes market can be segmented into single, twin, and half or double. Single ropes are the simplest and lightest ropes. A single rope is designated by a circle with ‘1’ written on the end of the rope. Double or half ropes are denoted with ½ written on the end of the rope. These are used mostly in pairs.
Most climbers use single ropes for climbing. In terms of distribution channel, the climbing ropes market can be segmented into online and offline. The online segment can be sub-classified into e-commerce portals and company websites. The offline segment can be sub-divided into supermarkets & hypermarkets, specialty stores, and others. Geographically, the global climbing ropes market can be classified into North America (the U.S. and Canada), Asia Pacific (India, China, and Japan), Europe (the U.K, France, and Germany), South America (Brazil), and Middle East & Africa (GCC and South Africa).
A large number of new companies are entering the global climbing ropes market. Several of the companies are using social websites, media sites, and magazines to increase connect and personalization of these products in the global climbing ropes market. Major players operating in the global climbing ropes market are Black Diamond Equipment Ltd, Edelrid GmbH & Co, Mammut Sports Group AG, Sterling Rope Company Inc., Edelweiss, BEAL, Petzl, and DMM International.