They say skinnier is better, but when you look down and see your next bolt far below, the thought of taking a whipper on a 9.1mm rope can be a bit terrifying. After a few whips though, the strength and durability of today's modern skinny ropes becomes apparent. Maxim's Airliner is so thin and light it almost feels as if you're soloing. The nearly imperceptible weight offers easy 'drag and drop' clips even as you crest the 80 ft. mark on your project.
The line fits easily into the Grigri 2 and lowering with it offers a smooth and controlled descent both for the climber and belayer. One of the great things about the Airliner, that was key for projecting, was that it has a low amount of elongation. It's not too stretchy, allowing you to easily pull back up to the bolt without the bungee cord effect, yet still offers a soft catch. The Airliner was my go-to cord for a full season of projecting and dogging. It shows no signs of wear so it will be with me next season as I work on my next project.