Pros and Cons of Nylon Rope

September 18, 2021 3:57 pm Published by

Nylon ropes are from the family of synthetic polymers and are widely used for industrial applications like mooring, fishing and for absorbing shock loads when lifting or towing. These ropes come with their own advantages and disadvantages and are different from natural fibers.

Let us look at some pros and cons of nylon rope.


  • Nylon rope offers a high strength level and the ability to be stretched and return to its original length. It is the strongest of rope fibers including polypropylene, polyethylene, or organic fibers.
  • It has a good UV resistance and has good resistance to ultraviolet deterioration from sunlight, mildew, rot, and chemical exposure. Nylon can be used in industries exposed to chemicals and organic solvents and is resistant to rot, mildew, and moisture.
  • Nylon has a high stretch factor, providing a level of elasticity that comes in handy for certain applications. Nylon rope stretches around 15-28% at break, meaning at the high end it is almost double the stretch of a polyester fiber.
  • Nylon ropes that can withstand high temperature environments are great for shock absorption and dynamic load applications because of its elastic nature.
  • It is extremely versatile and comes in a braided or twisted format that features a tightly woven lock-stitch construction that will not unravel while providing a firm, steady rope.


Nylon rope absorbs water and can be weakened when immersed in it. While it can be used for mooring and anchor lines the cordage institute rates the break strength to be around 85-90%.

Some other disadvantages are:

  • High condensation and tendency to shrink in molded sections
  • Pollution problems and lack of stability
  • Releases harmful chemicals and eventually deteriorates when exposed to heat for long periods of time. This degrades the performance of the role and may lead to failure while pulling heavy loads and may break during storms in shipping industries.
  • Because it is quite stretchy, it is not suitable in industries like rigging to give dimensional stability.
  • Nylon loses strength when wet, as much as 20% of dry strength.

The advantages of using nylon rope are vast and makes it suitable for use as a primary gear that can be used for all sorts of lifting projects. Dutest provides a complete range of lifting gear that can be found on our website. Our extensive range of lifting supplies are available across the UAE.

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