I don't know why one would avoid New England Ropes. I have a pair of the 60m 9.8 gliders and they've been great. My first ropes, 7 and 4 years of use. REI, (where I work), usually has a NE Ropes 9.9 70m Glider Bi-Pattern in stock. $240.00 but just wait till the next coupon.
That being said I also love my Edelrid Eagle 9.8 70m. Solid light green color, middle mark, no pattern, super plain Jane looking rope but that thing handles the nuts!