Synthetic fibers were introduced to the rope industry in the 1950s. Over the years, customers have many options to choose for their rope material. Our synthetic ropes are manufactured in a number of different designs to suit various applications. The properties of each rope fiber are unique.
Synthetic ropes are manufactured by braiding together one or more different types of synthetic fibre. Synthetic fibres are “man-made” fibres such as, nylon, polyester or polypropylene.
While nylon and polyester vary on a few specificity, they are both, at the end of the day, strong, efficient, and reliable synthetic ropes that are suitable for many different applications.
Here’s what they have in common:
Nylon and polyester are both UV resistant, abrasion resistant, wear resistant, and rot resistant.
As synthetic materials, nylon and polyester are both stronger than natural fiber ropes (Out of the two, nylon is the slightly stronger choice).
For utility and sporting applications, polyester is the clear-cut, cost-benefit winner. While you’ll pay a little more upfront for nylon or polyester, these synthetic ropes will long outlast and outperform natural fiber ropes.
While Nylon and Polyester are both strong, suitable ropes – they are not always interchangeable. While nylon might be the best rope for some jobs, others really call for polyester.