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The ice floss is great for really long multi pitch routes where weight is at a premium, or complex mixed routes where there might be a lot of rope drag. Polar Circus, Murchison, Trophy Wall, that kind of stuff. But I tell you what it's very stretchy and pulling it on long rappels gets very tiring! Its so small diameter it's harder to grip and so stretchy that at the end of the line even with 2 strands its extremely bouncy. If you are just buying a cragging rope(s) I honestly would opt for thicker strands these days.

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I use the ice floss 60's in the Winter. I find that while occasionally a 70 would be nice in terms of lead length, I have enough trouble getting the two ropes unclustered while setting up rappels. Those skinny ropes sure seem to love to get knotted up, and you have to be a real flake-nazi. It would be that much worse with 70's, and you certainly don't need any extra rappel length.

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