Nylon Rope is the strongest of all rope fibers in common use. It is significantly stronger than polypropylene, polyethylene, organic fibers and polyester.
Elasticity & Shock Absorption
Nylon has a high stretch factor, around 15-28% at break, providing a level of elasticity that is handy for certain applications. Generally used for absorbing shock loads and dynamic load applications such as lifting, mooring or towing because it has the ability to return to it’s original length after being stretched.
It also has good resistance to abrasion, UV rays, mildew, rot and chemical exposure, lasting several times longer than natural fibres. Like manila, nylon has good resistance to ultraviolet deterioration from sunlight. The rope’s nylon material will withstand the ultraviolet rays that can deteriorate rope. Due to its high resistances, nylon will not degrade through exposure to most chemicals and organic solvents and is resistant to rot, mildew, and other effects related to moisture.
Braided Or Twisted
Nylon Rope is commonly either braided or twisted. Having both options makes nylon rope extremely versatile. Braided nylon rope is the strongest option. The tightly woven lock-stitch construction will not unravel, and provides a firm, steady rope. Twisted rope however, provides a more balanced rope that will hang straight and not kink.
Nylon is ideal for use as bow-to-stern towing hawsers, surge lines, mountain climbing ropes, safety lines, lariat ropes, boat falls, drop hammer ropes, target tow rope, fishing ropes and industrial slings.
Nylon is more flexible. Unlike polyester, nylon rope has an impressive stretch resistance, which may be desirable if you need that extra “give.”
This means that you can stretch out a nylon rope as needed, and the rope will still return to its normal size when you are done with the job. For example, nylon’s flexibility is particularly handy for projects like an anchor line where you want that bit of “give.”
Nylon is shock resistant. While nylon and polyester are both strong synthetic ropes, nylon is the winner when it comes to shock jobs.
Because of its flexibility, nylon is able to maintain its strength despite withstanding high levels of stress.
Nylon is not the best for wet environments. Although nylon is normally a very strong rope, its strength becomes compromised when wet, causing it to sag.
Nylon is also not suitable for extremely high temperatures. While most of your jobs are probably not this extreme, it is important to note that nylon rope will begin to degrade at 130°C.
Nylon 3-Strand Rope
Nylon 8-Strand Rope