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Manila Rope

Manila rope is supplied on reels, coils or cut to size by the metre – between 6mm and 60mm in diameter and up to 220m in one continuous length.

Made from the abacá (Musa textilis) plant, it’s a natural fibre rope with several beneficial qualities. For example, it’s strong, durable, flexible and resistant to damage by UV rays – so can be left in direct sunlight. However, as a natural fibre rope, it also shrinks when wet and can break down over time when outdoors.

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    Manila Rope

    Our grade 1 manila ropes are available to buy:

    Plus, you can choose from a variety of thicknesses – with diameters ranging from 6mm to 60mm. So whatever use you have in mind, you’re bound to find a rope that suits your needs.

    All of the manila ropes for sale in our store are low-cost yet high-quality.

    Thanks to the meticulous manufacturing process of our trusted partner, they adhere to strict EN ISO 1181:2004 standards. And as they’re made from 100% natural manila fibres, they’re a fantastic all-round performer – demonstrating strength and flexibility, excellent durability, resistance to UV rays and saltwater, and good knot retention.

    They’re also continuously stocked in our warehouse. Which means, if you place your order by midday, it’ll be dispatched immediately and usually arrive the next working day.


    What can manila rope be used for?

    Strong and long-lasting, with good resistance to the elements, manila is suitable for a wide range of outdoor applications. Our customers regularly use manila rope for projects including:

    • lawn edging
    • fencing
    • decking
    • barriers and outdoor handrails
    • children’s play areas (swings, rope ladders etc.)
    • boat fenders
    • agriculture

    The natural fibres of manila rope shrink when wet, which is why it’s worth adding 10-15% to the total length that you require. But it also means that manila demonstrates excellent knot retention. The knots become much tighter and more difficult to untie, meaning they’re less likely to slip. Coupled with good natural resistance to saltwater, this makes it an ideal choice for rigging, fishing nets and boat fenders.

    In recent years, manila ropes have also become a popular choice for rope-based exercise – as they’re inherently strong and tough enough to withstand even the most intensive of training programmes. They’re an affordable, worthwhile addition to any gym setting. And as part of our battle ropes collection, we now offer manila ropes with black PVC end caps.


    Does manila rope shrink when wet?

    Yes – the natural fibres quickly absorb water, causing them to expand in width and shrink in length. This means, if they’re kept in continuous damp conditions, their actual diameter and length will be different to that stated.

    When buying manila ropes for outdoor use – or any application in which they’re likely to get wet on a regular basis – we therefore recommend adding 10-15% to the total length that you require.

    It’s also important to note, manila rope is biodegradable and will break down over time if left outdoors.


    Want to learn more?

    Before you click ‘add to basket’ and buy manila rope, it’s worth taking a look through our website.

    You’ll find lots of additional information to help you make an informed decision – both on manila and the other natural fibre ropes available in our store. We also have a handy online tool, RopeFinder, which outlines the main properties of each rope and should help point you in the right direction. As well as a YouTube page with a number of helpful video tutorials.

    If you’re still unsure whether natural manila rope is the right choice for you or would like further advice on which product to buy, you’re also welcome to send an email to


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