Kordas Iris 10 rope review


We are a pretty active adventure company bases in sunny Scotland and are out most day’s canyoningcoasteeringmountain biking, and hill walking. At Intrepidus Outdoors we purchase the best quality gear, take care of our equipment but it gets used

Our “We Kill Gear” reviews are our own experience of the equipment that we use to work and play, and our own opinions on how it performed. Today we are reviewing the Kordas Iris 10mm Canyoning Rope


The Kordas Iris 10 (actually 9,9mm) canyoning rope… it is a semi-static type A rope (EN-1891 for the geeks). This rope comes in two colours, green/blue and pink/orange and weighs in at 67 grams per meter! But, what does that all mean?

It means that it is a very colorful canyon rope that is best suited for environments where durability is highly desirable. Oh, and did I mention it is the bomb diggity… we will get into that later. 


Our guides use the Kordas Iris 10 canyoning rope every day for our commercial canyon trips. We also mainly use this make/model for our personal international trips and Scottish canyon fun having. An argument can be made that the 9mm equivalent is more suitable for recreation due to the weight saving, not to mention how ninja it looks in 9mm. However, we use the Iris 10 because we buy it by the reel. This is our own experience of the Kordas Iris 10 canyoning rope. 

NB: We also use both the Beal Antipodes in skinny and the Edelrid Rap Line in a super skinny 6m for rescue lines ect.

Sliding into the Dollar Canyon Edinburgh | Scotland
Awesome zip-line in the Dollar Canyon


I think it is pretty clear from this review that we love the Kordas rope! But, it would be a lie to suggest this is the most durable piece of equipment we ever used, cause err… it’s a rope.  We have damaged these ropes from poor rope management, unprotected edges, getting pinched behind flakes as well as general use. Equally, on occasion a 30 or 40-meter length doesn’t last a season because of the rugged nature of the bad ass environments in which we plan. HOWEVER, in comparison to both Beal and Petzl equivalents that I have used, the durability of the Kordas Iris can only be described as some next level shit. 

The down side of the durability of this rope is that (and don’t laugh), your hands can get a wee bit sore. If you are in canyons that involve long repels day after day, or guiding daily with a lot of lowing clients i.e. handling the rope a lot. Those sensitive souls amounts us have expressed “owchy hands”. With all that in mind… if the topo your looking at is scissor heavy, I would trade sore hands for confidence every day of the week. 


So we are buying a 200 meter reel of Kordas Iris 10mm for about 450 euro so 380 in British. This is significantly more expensive than the Petzl and Beal equivalents but time and again we make the call to buy more of the expensive stuff. 


1)   I have found the Iris 10 to be significantly more durable and hard wearing than every other canyon rope I have tried. 

2)   I have confidence in this rope, which you can’t put a price on where your and other people’s lives depend on it. 


To conclude, we really love the Kordas Iris ropes here at Intrepidus Outdoors. Yes, it is pricey. But it does exectly what we need it too. And when lives are on the line, that is what matters.

We buy our Kordas ropes from the Canyon Zone NL: Link is here

We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoningcoasteering,  hill walking and the 3 Peaks Challenge and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland

If you are looking for additional information about adventures from Edinburgh, we have published a number of blogs:

  • Adidas Terrex Canyon Boot Review: here
  • Seland Verdon Wetsuit Review: here
  • Top 10 canyons in Edinburgh: here
  • The best hotels and hostels in Edinburgh: here
  • Hen Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Outdoor Adventures Edinburgh Essentials: here
  • SUP, A Buying Guide: here

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the our  Trip AdvisorYoutube channelVisit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventures with us! Equally, if there is any gear that you would like us to review, drop us a DM.

Intrepidus Outdoors

Intrepidus Outdoors specialises in Outdoor Activites Edinburgh. We are a adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.

Outdoor Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.

Adventure Activities Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Outdoor Adventures Scotland

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all.

Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holdiay.

To read more check out our adventures guide to Scotland [here]

Check out our Trip Advisor, Youtube channel, Visit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventure with Intrepidus outdoors and to see what we do!


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