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post #1 of 16 Old 10-17-2010, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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good brands of ropes

My friend and I are learning to rope, and all we have right now is come cheap lariats that we got for free. Every store around here carries these cheaper ones, which coil and aren't very stiff, so we will have to shop online. I was just wondering what some good brands are and how much we should expect to pay for a decent rope. Thanks
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-17-2010, 07:28 PM
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My personal favorite is named Hypnotic and is made by Cactus ropes. I usually don't buy anything stiffer than an extra soft but I like a little bit of flexibility in mine. Pretty much anything Cactus makes is darn good, I also like some of the Classic brand ropes. For a good rope made by a good brand, you won't find much under $30 and they can run up closer to $50 for others. You also will have to consider what rigidity you like (x-tra x-tra soft to medium hard), whether you want a 3-strand or a 4-strand, and the length that you need. Head ropes tend to come in softer firmness but they are shorter (average 30-32 feet), heel ropes are firmer and longer (average 35-36 feet). Then, of course, there are calf roping ropes that only average around 28 feet long. If you are dally roping, I wouldn't suggest one of those. A 3 strand rope doesn't feel quite so smooth in your hand and they tend to run a lighter weight than a 4 strand but they grip the horn better, they also usually run cheaper. 4 strands are heavier and they are a smoother feel, but it is pretty easy to burn some rubber off your horn with one from slippage. I usually take an extra wrap on heavier cattle if I am using a 4 strand.

Really, the best thing you could do would be to find a tack store that has a good selection of good ropes. They normally don't mind if you take one down and swing it around a bit to get a feel for it. Cactus, Classic, and Fastback are the best brands to use.

This site has an excellent variation of all different brands and styles.
http://www.nrsworld.com/team-ropes-c...sp?a=3&dept=13

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I like the classics my self. Nice ropes. I have several and I actually have several extras if anyone would like to buy them.

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I like the classics my self. Nice ropes. I have several and I actually have several extras if anyone would like to buy them.
We might be interested in some used ones. I'm not quite sure what we need yet, I have to do some research. We are basically doing it for fun right now.
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My personal favorite is named Hypnotic and is made by Cactus ropes. I usually don't buy anything stiffer than an extra soft but I like a little bit of flexibility in mine. Pretty much anything Cactus makes is darn good, I also like some of the Classic brand ropes. For a good rope made by a good brand, you won't find much under $30 and they can run up closer to $50 for others. You also will have to consider what rigidity you like (x-tra x-tra soft to medium hard), whether you want a 3-strand or a 4-strand, and the length that you need. Head ropes tend to come in softer firmness but they are shorter (average 30-32 feet), heel ropes are firmer and longer (average 35-36 feet). Then, of course, there are calf roping ropes that only average around 28 feet long. If you are dally roping, I wouldn't suggest one of those. A 3 strand rope doesn't feel quite so smooth in your hand and they tend to run a lighter weight than a 4 strand but they grip the horn better, they also usually run cheaper. 4 strands are heavier and they are a smoother feel, but it is pretty easy to burn some rubber off your horn with one from slippage. I usually take an extra wrap on heavier cattle if I am using a 4 strand.

Really, the best thing you could do would be to find a tack store that has a good selection of good ropes. They normally don't mind if you take one down and swing it around a bit to get a feel for it. Cactus, Classic, and Fastback are the best brands to use.

This site has an excellent variation of all different brands and styles.
Team Ropes, Heel ropes, Head rope, Calf Roping ropes, Team Roping, Fast back, Rattler, Classic, Cactus ropes
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My personal favorite is named Hypnotic and is made by Cactus ropes.
I second this. My favorite rope is also a Cactus Hypnotic. I really like it overall.

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The Caddilac of ropes in my opinion is King ropes. They are a little more money but they are worth it. I use a 60 ft extra soft. I would recommend a 30 ft soft for someone just starting out. Don't bother with used ropes. The firmness is actually called twist so if you go to buy a rope and the salesman asks you what twist you want you don't have to stare blankly at him. The softer the twist the less bounce and the more forgiving.

A video that I watched this summer that helped me tremendously is called "There's roping to do" by Joe Wolter. I have roped for years and I learned things in that video that helped me catch more consistently in real working situations. It also shows how to prepare your horse to be roped off of.

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Welcome back Kevin.

I wish our tack stores around here carried King ropes, I would love to swing one for a minute to decide if I like them.

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Just order a 50 ft extra soft 3/8 scant you'll like it and while you're at it order a mulehide wrap and get rid of that nasty rubber.

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LOL, I wouldn't know how to rope with mulehide. I grew up in a team roping home so rubber is all I know. One of these days though I may order one just for grins and giggles to see if I like them.

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