Kordas Iris 10 rope review
We are a pretty active adventure company bases in sunny Scotland and are out most day’s canyoning, coasteering, mountain 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.
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 canyoning, coasteering, hill walking and the 3 Peaks Challenge and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland
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