The Strength in Braided Rope

Double Braid versus 3 Strand Rope

Tensile Strength Comparison

The following figures and graphs directly compare the minimum tensile strengths (as per Canadian Government Specifications) between 3-strand/twisted and double-braided rope. Both ropes are the same diameter and are using roughly the same amount of material.

The clear winner for strength is the braided rope.

1/4″ Nylon Rope

3 Strand - 1700 lbs.
Double Braided - 2100 lbs.

1/2″ Nylon Rope

3 Strand - 5950 lbs.
Double Braided - 8300 lbs.

1″ Nylon Rope

3 Strand - 22000 lbs.
Double Braided - 31000 lbs.

2″ Nylon Rope

3 Strand - 81400 lbs.
Double Braided - 118000 lbs.

1/4″ Polyester Rope

3 Strand - 1120 lbs.
Double Braided - 2400 lbs.

1/2″ Polyester Rope

3 Strand - 3650 lbs.
Double Braided - 9000 lbs.

1″ Polyester Rope

3 Strand - 12600 lbs.
Double Braided - 34000 lbs.

2″ Polyester Rope

3 Strand - 48600 lbs.
Double Braided - 106000 lbs.