Lacaida Lincoln Rope Review: Will I Make It Down? This Rope Tells You

The Lacaida Lincoln climbing rope by the meter increases safety while maintaining all the properties necessary for climbers.

Lacaida, named for the Spanish word for “the fall” (la caída), is an Arkansas-based climbing company that specializes in climbing ropes and artistic rope tarps. This veteran and Latino-owned company is the first company to manufacture meter-marked climbing ropes, a major innovation in our modern climbing industry.

A measured rope has distance markings from the center point of the rope. This helps ensure safety while climbing by helping the climber and belayer be aware of how much rope they have out there. This way they know if they can safely return to the belayer’s position via abseiling or lowering.

Once a climber climbs so high that the rope passes the midpoint on the belayer, it is no longer possible to return to the belayer’s position on that single rope using standard descent or descent techniques.

Lacaida Metered Rope options

Lacaida sells ten foot ropes: the Lincoln, the Fern, and the Fitzerald. Lincoln and Fern are his two UIAA dry treated ropes (sheath and core) and come in two different diameters.

The Lincoln is “designed for smooth use with low drag” with its 9.9mm cable and comes in bright pink. The Fern is thinner at 9.6mm, a light green color and Lacaida designed it for all climbing disciplines.

The Fitzgerald, similar to the Lincoln, also has a thickness of 9.9mm. However, it only features a dry-treated core, comes in a soft blue finish, and is built to withstand heavy use.

That Lacaida Lincoln is 9.9mm, has a dry treated cover and core that meets UIAA standards and is available in five different lengths, ranging from 80m down to 40m. Bright pink in color, this rope will definitely not go unnoticed .

I had the privilege of testing the 40m at my gym and on the local rock for this review. I’ve lost count of how many other climbers have commented on how bright and pretty the color was.

Of course, the meter marking distinguishes this rope from all others on the market. The Lincoln is marked twice, once on each side of the rope, every meter near the midpoint and ends, and every 5 meters in between.

Lacaida's Lincoln Climbing Rope
(Photo/Gabriela Daugherty)

How necessary are the counter markings?

The answer to this question depends on the type of climbing. There are some solid pros at meter marking, whether you’re a seasoned multi-pitch climber or a single-pitch enthusiast.

The best use of meter markers is when climbing large walls or multi-pitch routes. When you’re climbing all day, going from belay to belay hoping you have enough rope to make it to the next one, knowing exactly how much rope you have left is a huge benefit.

with lacaidas lincoln metered rope for climbing
(Photo/Gabriela Daugherty)

The Lincoln is still an excellent choice for the average sport climber who needs a rope long enough to get up and down the wall. While meter markers aren’t as necessary for single-pitch sport climbing, they can still be helpful.

The midpoint is easy to find when you’re ready to wind up the rope at the end of your session, and when it’s time to cut a rope you’ll always see how much is left. But in order for the center mark to be accurate, you have to cut off equal amounts at each end.

Aside from the counter markings, the Lacaida Lincoln checks all the boxes

I have to say I loved the feel of this rope. It fed like butter through an ATC and a GriGri, which makes belaying smooth and has little chance of roping my lead climb too short. On the climbers’ side, clipping was a breeze, and rope pull through gear felt minimal.

No matter which side of that rope I was on, I finished every session with no discomfort. This was also a popular sentiment in the group I was with. The 9.9mm diameter is a great middle ground for both indoor and crag sport climbing. And the bright pink color was easy to see against the rock.

The 40m is super light (tested weight 5.6 pounds), which I really appreciated since I towed about 80m to our tiny rocks here in Austin (you can laugh, it’s okay).

Lincoln Durability

I tested the Lincoln for almost 3 weeks, took it outside a few times and consistently climbed it in the gym. My friends and I climbed, belayed and fell repeatedly on this rope. Overall I have to say that it has settled in well.

I have noticed slight visible signs of wear after 3 weeks. Despite being 9.9mm thick, it didn’t feel like a larger diameter rope and was easy to handle.

The dry-treated casing retained its out-of-the-box feel, while the cord became more malleable with each use. Even the first tie up felt smooth, not too stiff, and I was confident my figure eight wouldn’t give way.

I was initially concerned that the bright pink color would make it look dirty quickly. However, apart from the meter markings, chalk is the only visible marking on this rope. It’s mainly at the end of the rope at the tie-in point or at random places from clipping.

To my surprise, it managed not to pick up the dirt from my rope tarp, GriGri, or the ground. The color is one of the things that drew me to this rope and I was pleased to see that it retained its vibrancy.

Price Point and other Lacaida metered options

That Lincoln 40m rope goes for $189, and the most expensive option is $339 for the 80 million.

Lincoln and Fern are great options for climbers looking for a UIAA dry rope. The Fern is thinner at 9.6mm and prices range from $189 to $349.

The Lacaida Fitzgerald is the cheapest option, costing $149 for the 40m and out, but it only has a dry treated core.

Whichever rope best suits your needs, there is a limited stock available for all three. Currently the Fitzgerald is only available in 50-40m and the Fern in 60-40m as they are still in stock. The Lincoln has all lengths available, but they go fast.

Testing Lacaida's Lincoln Climbing Rope
(Photo/Gabriela Daugherty)

Final Thoughts

Those looking for a rope to accompany them on big multi-pitch climbs should consider the Lacaida Lincoln. The meter markings make this rope a no-brainer for this style of climbing.

It inspires confidence in both climbers and belayers, allows for more accurate calculations and more efficient communication, and reduces the risk of potentially running out of rope.

Compared to other dry ropes on the market, the Lincoln meets the same UIAA standards for water repellency and feels just as premium. And even with the additional meter markings, the price is still comparable to ropes from other well-known brands.

Overall, the Lincoln met my expectations for a great rope. Lacaida is a newer company but I can see why these ropes have already been a hit with their local climbing community. And after talking to some climbers in the Austin community, it was clear that this was a smart innovation from Lacaida, one that most were surprised climbing brands hadn’t done before.

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