Choosing the Right Rope
Importance of Buying Season and the effects of weather. Because weather changes impact ropes, weather dictates the way Classic ropes are manufactured. The amount of twist put into ropes and the kick (the amount ropes are pushed out at the bottom) are adjusted for different seasons. This ensures quality and consistency in feel, regardless of conditions. Always remember to store your rope bag at room temperature for best-keeping.
- Cold weather relaxes fibers causing ropes to soften and lose kick, therefore causing backswing. Try a firmer lay for cooler weather.
- Hot weather tightens fibers causing ropes to harden. Try a softer lay for warmer weather.
Headers (Heading Ropes)
The head rope is usually 25 or 30 feet in long.
Types of Cattle and Weather
Most of our professional ropers carry ropes with both softer and stiffer lays to be ready for any situation. With two factors - weather and cattle - determining which rope they choose, most use a softer lay for small horned cattle and a stiffer lay for bigger horned cattle.
Heelers (Heeling Ropes)
The heeler's rope is usually 35 or 36 feet in length and is a lot stiffer (meaning it contains less flexibility and is more rigid to catch the feet).
From 3-strand to 4-strand
If you normally use a 3-strand rope and are trying a 4-strand for the first time, you should try one lay softer than you normally use. 4-strand ropes have more body in the tip than 3-strand ropes, so a softer lay in your hand will yield the same body of harder lay.
Storing Your Ropes
Coil your ropes as big as you can and place your hondas on top in the correct position. Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help if you are unsure of how to properly position the honda. Be sure not to over-stuff you rope bag, as this can cause unnecessary pressure on the eyes (causing them to turn), as well as causing coils to bend or kink. Powder and store in a cool, dry place at room temperature.
Breaking in your Classic Rope correctly can extend the life and use of it
You're at the practice pen or the jackpot with your new rope, and it feels great after a few steers. After several more steers, the rope feels a little softer, deader, and a little warn out. What happened? When a rope is first used, the fibers are stretched and pulled apart, causing your rope to soften a little. After roping five to eight steers, your new rope should be coiled up and left to rest for 24-hours. This time allows the rope's fibers to return to position and set the molecules within fibers, giving the rope strength. Roping too many steers with a new rope over-stresses the fibers, prohibiting them to take a set. This break down of fibers is what causes the rope to lose its body and feel. By simply allowing your rope to rest, you increase the longevity of your purchase.
Your Rope Has Memory: Just Like You. We just discussed how weather changes can impact your rope. Because of this, seasonal changes dictate how we manufacture ropes in order to achieve the best performance possible. It is important, then, for the consumer to understand that the honda, or "eye" of the rope is positioned for the season in which it is tied; A rope tied for cold conditions may want to roll to the left when introduced to warmer climates. Another reason for the movement of the eye is that the ropes are constructed from nylon, which has memory. The natural loop can force the eye to turn left; If left alone, the eye will remember the incorrect position, and remain there. Neglecting to fix the eye will result in a negative 180-degree roll, making the rope useless. To remedy the problem, simply remember to take the eye and roll it back past your preferred position, hold it there for about ten seconds, then position the eye where it best suits you. Performing this simple procedure will give you a longer and better performance from your rope.