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Rope Material Guide

This guide explains the different rope materials and our top recommendations for everyday uses.

Rope Material Guide

Selecting the material your rope is made from is the most important step in finding the right rope.


Each material has different characteristics and performance, such as weight, strength, elongation, and durability. Rope is a textile, so the materials used to manufacture rope fibers are also commonly found in commercial and industrial applications such as clothing, flooring, and medical equipment, to name a few. In general, rope material is classified as either synthetic or natural.

Synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, and polypropylene are created from human-made chemicals and fibers. Synthetic ropes are now more popular than natural ones because of their increased strength and durability at lighter weights. Natural materials like manila, sisal, and cotton are farmed or grown from the earth. These ropes are best used for indoor or decorative purposes with minimal exposure to the elements, especially water.

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