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Old 02-19-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

I need advise on climbing ropes. Manilla, poly, or cotton?

I've heard Manilla is pretty hard on the hands, and I'm hoping the wife will give it a try - which is less likely with something rough.

Has anyone used poly or cotton? How are the grips on these? I don't want something to tear up the hands too much, but I don't want to sacrifice safety without having grip.

Any input is greatly appreciated.

The website below has really good prices I found on an old forum so I thought I'd point people to it:
http://www.knotandrope.com/store/pc/...p?idCategory=3
Site is family friendly/safe.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

I personally don't find Manila to be hard on my hands and really haven't heard anybody say that (although that is just my experience).

As far as poly or cotton go - they are definitely softer, but I do feel that they are too soft/slick. We have one poly climbing rope in my gym (and 2 Manila) and after one sweaty guy hops on it, it is much more difficult to get a grip.

My vote is for Manila!
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:30 AM   #3
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

Find someone who is a rock climber and get an old 60 m rope off of them.

Braid your own. We've got a commercial poly rope and a braided climbing rope, and the braided climbing rope is much nicer. And free with just some labor time to put into it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:30 AM   #4
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

Rope I know about.

Manila is going to be less slippery than any synthetic that also means it's probably "rougher" on your hands. It's also going to be more subject to wear. Three strand is going to be less slippery than double braid in any material.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:04 AM   #5
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

I have Poly for rope workout and for climbing. They are a bit slippery, but will strenghten your grip. You can use some kind of protection (gloves, athletic tape). Manila could be better in this aspect, but I torned up my hands on manila ONLY!
However manila will get messy after time, so that's why I chose Poly-hate cleaning.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:45 AM   #6
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

Yeah. Retired climbing ropes are the ticket is people give them to you.

Really though for forty bucks or so, it is not a huge investments just to purchase manilla.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:27 PM   #7
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

What size (thickness) of climbing rope is standard for typical crossfit use? I have been looking for one for my growing home gym.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:58 AM   #8
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

Usually 32-35mm, which is about 1.5inch
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:38 PM   #9
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

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Rope I know about.

Manila is going to be less slippery than any synthetic that also means it's probably "rougher" on your hands. It's also going to be more subject to wear. Three strand is going to be less slippery than double braid in any material.
Thank you for the input. Regarding Poly, I have heard it is more slippery, so I am not debating between Manila and cotton. Do you have any input on cotton? I heard it wasn't as slippery, but does it still have decent grip? It's the same price as the Manilla $2.29/ft, and I would think not scratchy. I wish I could get my hands on these ropes to test them.
I see videos of guys and gals on the manila ropes in shorts, but wouldn't these tear up your legs?
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Re: climbing rope manilla vs cotton vs poly

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Thank you for the input. Regarding Poly, I have heard it is more slippery, so I am not debating between Manila and cotton. Do you have any input on cotton? I heard it wasn't as slippery, but does it still have decent grip? It's the same price as the Manilla $2.29/ft, and I would think not scratchy. I wish I could get my hands on these ropes to test them.
I see videos of guys and gals on the manila ropes in shorts, but wouldn't these tear up your legs?

They will tear up your legs and YOUR SHOES.
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