Rope Material Guide
We’ve gathered the most important material information for you here
Purchasing rope should not be stressful. Rope can be used for a number of applications over various industries - materials can have a huge impact on your specific needs.
Natural Cotton Rope
Natural cotton rope is a type of rope made from natural cotton fibers. Cotton is a soft, natural plant fiber that is harvested from the cotton plant's seedpods. When processed and spun into yarns, these cotton fibers can be used to create ropes. Cotton rope is very soft to the touch with very minimal stretch. Cotton rope is typically used for clotheslines, blinds, dog chew toys. Cotton can be dyed but is not resistant to water, oil, chemicals. The same materials used for clothing, so treat your cotton rope like a freshly washed t-shirt. Macramé, rope bowls, plant hangers are very common applications for natural cotton rope.
The strongest natural fiber rope, ever. The industries OG - the first of its kind and paved the way for future ropes. Produced from the Abaca tree, Manila Rope is a classic favorite. Manila rope is known for its excellent strength and durability. It has a high tensile strength, making it capable of withstanding heavy loads. Manila rope will shrink when wet but retains its natural lay once dry. This rope sheds due to its organic material. Store in a cool, dry place for maximum longevity. Manila ropes are commonly used for decorative fencing/barrier, rope swings, exercise, landscaping.
Polyester rope is a type of rope made from synthetic polyester fibers. Polyester is a durable and versatile material that offers several advantages in rope construction. Polyester rope is very popular among the marine industry and rigging applications. Its strong abrasion resistance and durability makes polyester rope desirable. Polyester is soft on the hands much like nylon but does not stretch in comparison. Polyester is resistant to mildew, rot, UV resistant. Polyester rope makes for Battle Ropes, excellent sailing lines, winches, pulley's, bull ropes and much more.
Polypropylene is a synthetic material creating a lightweight rope which can float. Polypropylene is exceptional with its resistance to water, mildew, gasoline, oil and does not shrink. Polypropylene rope is generally more affordable compared to ropes made from other materials like polyester or nylon. This makes it a cost-effective option for many applications. Polypropylene can be tough on the hands and considered a stiff/slippery rope. This material is popular among the marine, and landscaping industries. Window cording, equine bridles and halters, arts & crafts, jewelry are common applications.
As strong as steel! Dyneema is the highest strength man-made rope from High Modulus Polyethylene (HMPE). Dyneema is one of the most trustworthy lightweight ropes, with its incredible strength - it makes for a safer option to cable steel. Dyneema can float, UV, chemical and abrasion resistance and works well in salty humid conditions. Dyneema is so strong and durable - it very common among industrial, heavy-duty pulling, lowering, marine applications. Tow ropes, shackles - is your truck stuck? Get it unstuck with our Bubba Rope collection.
Nylon rope is a type of synthetic rope made from nylon fibers. Nylon is a durable and versatile material known for its strength and elasticity. Nylon is a popular material in the production of many ropes. Climbing ropes, either static or dynamic are both made with a nylon component. With it's superb elongation and shock absorption, nylon is the best choice for dock lines, anchor lines and any application with various shock loads. Nylon is soft and supple on the hands, resistant to most chemicals, rot, oil and mildew. Nylon rope does not float.