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John Donovan 11-09-2015 10:51 AM

Manilla vs. Poly dacron rope
I found some poly dacron rope at a good price but I've never used it for climbing, how does it compare to manilla?

Christopher Morris 11-09-2015 11:59 AM

Re: Manilla vs. Poly dacron rope
Dacron or other synthetics are more comfortable texture to bare hands when compared to manila. Manila has more stray fibers that stick out and might give a pokey feel.

The disadvantage of dacron is that it can be pretty slick to sweaty hands. If you slide down the rope, it can create more friction heat which might cause burns. If you use dacron for climbing, it's a good idea to chalk your hands when they get sweaty, and use a hand-over-hand descent technique, rather than a firepole-slide technique.

John Donovan 11-09-2015 12:05 PM

Re: Manilla vs. Poly dacron rope
Thanks for the help

Peter Keller 11-09-2015 01:03 PM

Re: Manilla vs. Poly dacron rope
Dacron is also quite a bit better for outdoor use. Manila will typically rot in 1-3 years of external use.

That said, most of the gyms we sell to prefer a Manila rope to poly (Dacron) for reasons of grip and performance while sweaty.

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