The thickest of the Imlay ropes, the Canyonero is great for flowing water canyons where the rope can be beaten against the rock by the force of the water. The larger diametre also provides more friction than thinner ropes, making it well suited for less-skilled canyoneers or those who weigh a little bit more.
The 9.2mm Canyonero excels when durability, value for money and robustness are your priorities. A slightly thicker-than-usual sheath (52 per cent) ensures exceptional performance along with an increased lifespan.
The tightly woven sheath provides good resistance to cutting and abrasion, while remaining a relatively lightweight and compact rope.
Imlay ropes are constructed of 100 per cent polyester, delivering a truly static rope which reduces wear by eliminating the “bounce” experienced with many semi-static canyoning ropes. The result is an affordable rope that utilises clever design rather than fancy fibres to provide exceptional durability.
- sheath heavy design delivers longer lifespan
- truly static due to 100 per cent polyester construction
- tightly woven sheath delivers greater durability
- less than 1 per cent stretch at body-weight loading
- resists water absorption and retains strength when wet
- lightweight and compact
- Rated strength: 22.2 kN
- Weight: 63.5 grams per metre
- Materials: Polyester core / Polyester sheath
- Sheath volume: 52%
- Elongation (at 136kg): 1.25%
- Dimensions: 9.2mm diametre
- Made in: Canada
Imlay canyoning ropes have been produced specifically for the challenging conditions posed by sandstone canyons. The brainchild of an extremely experienced American canyoneer, the result is a rope that not only performs well and lasts a long time, but is also very affordable.
Canyoning ropes must handle abrasion from rough and sharp edges, along with exposure to water, grit and grime. By utilising a tightly woven sheath, the load-bearing core of the rope is protected from grit, while also resisting the damage caused by rubbing against rough and sharp edges.
Imlay ropes are constructed of 100 per cent polyester. The advantage of polyester is that it is not only naturally hydrophobic (so it won’t absorb as much water), but is also a naturally static fibre, reducing abseil bounce and abrasion where the rope crosses an edge. (By comparison, Nylon fibres are naturally dynamic and also loosely bond to water molecules, not only becoming heavier but also losing strength in the process).
When new, Imlay ropes have quite a firm hand, but retain enough softness to knot and handle well. The rope will break in with use, developing a workable, medium hand.
For more information about the advantages and disadvantages of different fibres used to manufacture canyoning ropes, check out T2’s article on what to look for when buying a canyoning rope.