The Imlay Canyon Gear 8.3mm Canyon Fire is the first rope designed for Colorado Plateau canyoneering. Since the sheath is what counts, we added material there to make a sheath-heavy rope - 56% sheath versus the norm for static ropes of 50%. It gives both more to hold onto and increased cut-resistance, thus greater durability; at a slightly higher carry weight than 8mm ropes.
The materials are 100% polyester inside and out, so the sheath and core work together, and both are hydrophobic. Tightly woven for long life, it mellows slightly with the first couple of rappels to settle into a state of firm knotability. The Canyon Fire is 100% static resulting in no bounce, reduced sawing across edges, and easier use in canyons.
Conditioning your rope: it is a good idea to condition your rope before first use to bind the sheath to the core. Soak the rope in water for an hour or two, then hang it up to dry. Three cycles of this, then it is ready to go. Many times this happens naturally in the rope’s first canyon, but long ropes tend to escape this fate. Please condition your long ropes before using.
Canyon Fire is a true static rope. No bounce! This helps it resist core-shots over sharp edges. (Elongation at 200 lbs is less than 1%).
- Diameter: 8.3mm (at weaving tension)
- Minimum Breaking Strength: 4100 lbF
- Weight: 3 lb 13.6 oz per 100 feet
- Elongation at 390 lbF: 1.2%
- Made in Canada