Sterling Rope of Biddeford, Maine

Part 13 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. The small town of Biddeford, Maine, is quite the hot spot for local gear makers. Two of the 12 companies I've profiled to date hail from there (STABILicers and Hyperlite Mountain Gear). Now there's a third: Sterling Rope.

Sterling Rope produces a full product line of high-quality ropes and climbing hardware for both outdoor/recreation and safety and rescue uses. All of its ropes and cords are produced—and tested by hand for quality control—at its Biddeford manufacturing center.

The company touts its DryCore technology, a proprietary treatment of the yarns inside a rope's core that reduces moisture absorption. (Wet ropes lose strength—and stretch more—when compared to a dry rope.) This distinguishes Sterling's ropes from other "dry ropes," which have only the outer sheath treated to repel moisture. (Sterling also treats its sheaths with its Arid System technology.) So if you're a climber or safety/rescue worker out in wet conditions, Sterling Ropes are definitely worth a look.

The company manufacturers literally dozens, if not hundreds, of different ropes in all lengths and diameters. These include everything from its popular all-purpose Evolution Series of climbing ropes to specialized twin and half ropes to fire rescue ropes. They also have a great 16-page technical publication (Guide to Rope Engineering, Design, and Use) that explains everything you ever wanted to know about ropes and rope manufacturing in a concise, easy-to-understand style.

Support your Northeast gear companies! Here are the 12 others I've profiled to date:

Delorme (Yarmouth, Maine)
Ibex Outdoor Clothing (White River Junction, Vt.)
Jetboil (Manchester, N.H.)
New England Ropes (Fall River, Mass.)
Nemo Equipment (Manchester, N.H.)
Orion Signal and Survival Products (Easton, Md.)
Dermatone Sunscreen (Windsor, Ct.)
Darn Tough Socks (Northfield, Vt.)
STABILicers (Biddeford, Maine)
Noble Biomaterials (Scranton, Pa.)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear (Biddeford, Maine)
New Balance (Boston, Mass.)

Have a suggestion for a Northeast-based gear company to profile? Please let me know!

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.