Common Words We Use:
Lay: how soft or stiff a rope is. Our standard choices include XS (extra soft), S (soft), MS (medium-soft), M (medium), HM (hard medium), and MH (medium hard). When comparing our ropes to other brands, we tend to be softer – so if you have an extra soft from another brand, you probably want to choose a soft or medium soft with our brands.
Length: the length of the rope once it is finished. This may vary slightly as the wax and stretch process can alter a ropes length. We aim to be within 6 inches of our listed length. Most of our head ropes are 30′ with the exception of our Gator Ropes at 32′. Most of our heel ropes are 35′ in length.
Blend: the amount of nylon and poly in a rope. We have ropes that are 100% nylon and many other blends from there such as 85/15, 75/25, 65/35, and 50/50 — with the first number being the nylon and the second number being the poly.
Nylon: the basic thread that we create our ropes from. Ropes can be 100% nylon or they may be blended with poly. Nylon is available in many colors.
Poly: a type of thread combined with nylon to create a different feel. This “poly” is polyester thread. The more poly that is added to a rope, the more reactive it is in the weather, being stiffer in the heat and softer in the winter. Poly gives rope more weight and body.
Diameter: Diameter is the thickness of the rope. Our standard size is a 3/8 scant – which is literally just a little bit smaller than 3/8 of an inch. A 3/8 true (also known as a 3/8 full) is 3/8 of an inch. The 3/8 true is the largest size we currently offer, then the 3/8 scant is the next size down. Below this, is the 3/8 super scant which is one thread smaller than the 3/8 scant. Below this is the 11/32 (of an inch) and then the 5/16 (of an inch). For team ropes, we make down to 11/32 in the adult size, but we do make the 5/16 in our junior size ropes.