My first impression was, "wow, this thing is light and very supple." I have had many different light weight ropes over the years, all hovering around the same dimension (9.1 - 9.2 mm) but they always wear out very quickly and often are very stiff. The VOLTA is the softest, most flexible rope I have ever used. The suppleness makes it wonderful to climb with; clipping is very easy, falling is soft, and overall handling is superb.
All Petzl ropes come with the climb-ready butterfly coil, which frankly is a huge deal! We have all either witnessed or had the misfortune of trying to climb on a rope that was coiled in the packaging. Failure to un-coiling the rope properly leaves the rope in a giant tangled mess, which is not fun for the climber or the belayer. Having a rope that is ready to climb right out the package is a must, in my option!
Like any skinny rope, they will not hold up as well as a thicker work horse rope, but after 2 months, the rope shows very little signs of usage. With other ropes I would have already cut a few metres off because of excessive wear (I tend to fall a lot). There are a few reasons this rope is so durable. First off, the UltraSonic Finish, which ultrasonically welds the core and sheath together at the rope ends. This helps reduce the sheath slippage over time and frayed ends. Secondly, the DuraTec Dry Treatment, which makes the rope resistant to water, dirt, and abrasion.
Here is Petzl's description from their website: "The VOLTA 9.2 mm single rope has the light weight necessary for elite users, offering maximum longevity and performance in any conditions, thanks to its Duratec Dry treatment. Certified for all uses: single, half and twin, for multiple uses and maximum versatility according to the terrain."
The price of the VOLTA is competitive with other companies such as: Sterling Fusion Nano, and Mammut Revelation for the high end super light ropes (Sterling and Mammut do not come with the climb-ready butterfly coil).
My belay device of choice is the Grigri, more specifically the Grigri 2. It has been designed to work with the thinner diameter ropes and there were no issue to report with the Volta. The thinner ropes tend to move through the Grigri 2 very easily, which is excellent when feeding out rope to the leader but sometimes the stiffer ropes get caught with a loop or kink. The VOLTA was the first rope I have ever used that did not kink and jam the Grigri when feeding out rope quickly.
I would personally like to use a slightly thicker rope for working my projects and save the VOLTA for redpoint burns. I would also not use this rope to top rope, unless I had no other choice. It is not because it could not handle it, it is because I want to save the rope for the times when saving every gram makes a difference. I have not used the VOLTA on a multi pitch climb as of yet, but it will be great, especially when I want to go light and fast.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a light, skinny, durable rope to help you push your limits and help you send your projects then you should seriously consider the VOLTA. You will not be disappointed with the handling and performance. It is well rounded and can be taken into the mountain, used on ice or mixed routes, and taken to the crag. Good job Petzl, I am impressed!
Made in GermanyFeatures a climb-ready butterfly coil that lets you use the rope right out of the package with no kinks or tangles.
- Finishing process bonds the core and sheath at the ends to improve durability and avoid frayed ends.
- EverFlex thermal treatment stabilizes the core strands and provides consist handling over time.
- Certified for all uses: single, half and twin, for versatility depending on terrain and circumstances.
- Specs described refer to testing as use as a single rope.