Nylon & Polyester Rope

Nylon & Polyester Rope

England, Mike
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Cam straps—those flat blue straps you see over every car-mounted kayak and canoe in Montana—may be one of the coolest inventions in recent years, but for most outdoor chores, nothing but good old-fashioned rope will do. And if you thought rope was rope, think again—spend enough time with the stuff and you’ll never buy that cheap Wal-Mart cord again. For small-diameter rope, we like Secureline (lehighgroup.com). They make everything from twisted nylon, which absorbs shock and is thus ideal for tying down tarps, rigging hammocks, and dragging heavy objects; to braided polyester, which is best used for securing loads, running clotheslines, and other applications where rope-stretch should be kept to a minimum. Both these materials are durable, rot- and mildew-resistant, and easy to handle. Nylon should be kept out of the sun, but other than that, use these ropes interchangeably and you’ll soon learn which rope is best for the task at hand. The best part is that you’ll learn knotcraft, a once-pervasive skill that’s still an incredibly useful tool for outdoors folk to have at their disposal.

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