Process whereby every individual core and sheath strand is treated with a hydrophobic chemical formula before the rope is manufactured. The treatment is polymerised at high temperatures. This polymerisation process together with every strand being coated increases the longevity of the treatment. A GOLDEN DRY rope combines 2 treatments: the core’s treatment is added to the DRY COVER sheath treatment. This helps to achieve an astonishingly durable and waterproof rope.
A GOLDEN DRY rope:
- Is more frost and water resistant.
- Gains very little weight in humid conditions.
- Improves rope suppleness through karabiners and belay devices.
- Is more abrasion resistant during normal use.
The GOLDEN DRY treatment allows ropes to be labelled as UIAA WATER REPELLENT :
BEAL ropes with a GOLDEN DRY treatment absorb less than 3% of water when tested to the UIAA’s standards:
> A rope sample is subjected to light abrasion over its entire
surface; equivalent to a few days’ use.
> It is soaked for 15 minutes following a precise procedure.
> The amount of absorbed water must not be greater than 5%
of the sample’s weight.
With less than 3% of water absorption, BEAL’s GOLDEN DRY
ropes easily satisfy the UIAA’s requirements.
> An untreated rope absorbs around 50% of water in this test.
> Only the UIAA WATER REPELLENT marking guarantees performance.
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Béal is a company that manufactures and sells products and services for work and practices at height, especially for climbing. It is the world leader in the production of climbing ropes. The company, with around 40 employees, is based in Vienne, Isère. BEAL manufactures around 15 million meters of rope a year.