Best Water Ski Rope Comparison Chart
Water Ski Ropes are the most popular type of skiing equipment used for water sports. They provide a smooth ride while allowing you to glide through the water with ease. There are many types of water skis available today, but there’s only one standard: the single piece nylon monofilament (Nylon) ski line.
These lines have been manufactured from various materials such as polyester, fluorocarbon and other synthetic fibers.
The main purpose of these lines is to allow the user to float or glide through the water. The best quality of these lines are made from Nylon, which provides excellent resistance against abrasion and friction. Some of them even come in different colors!
You may think that nylon is not very durable, but it does have some advantages over other materials. For example, nylon is light weight and therefore easy to carry around. Another advantage is that nylon is non-porous and thus will not stain your clothing.
There are two basic types of water ski lines: mono-filament and double filaments. Mono-filament lines are usually made out of nylon, fluorocarbon or polyester. Double filament lines are made out of several layers of different materials including cotton, rayon, spandex, etc.
The main difference between these two types lies in their strength and durability. Nylon lines are stronger and more durable than double-filament lines. On the other hand, double-filament lines are easier to handle than Nylon lines and they float on water. In addition, they are less expensive than Nylon lines.
Water ski lines can also be classified as woven or braided. Woven ski lines are made by twisting together several strands of different types of fiber. Braided ski lines are made by braiding several strands of fiber to together in a specific pattern.
Woven lines are usually stronger and more durable than braided lines. However, braided lines are more flexible and less abrasive than woven lines.
Most of the time, single-piece line is used for recreational purposes. However, two-piece and three-piece lines are also available. Two-piece ski lines are easier to handle than single-piece lines.
Three-piece ski lines are more popular for water sports such as wakeboarding, water-skiing and barefooting. Some lines can be used for multiple types of sport activities.
The old fashioned water ski lines are made with woven fabric, which consists of several cords or strands twisted together to make the core of the line. Each line is made from either three, four or five such strands and these strands can be made from different types of fibers such as Nylon, Polyester, Aramid or a combination of these materials. Fiber materials are chosen for their balance between abrasion resistance, flexibility (or durability) and price.
The “rule of 3’s” is a guideline that you can always remember. It states that for an average person, your combined weight plus the skis plus the rope should be no more than 3 times your weight. In other words, if you weigh 180 pounds you can ski with up to 540 pounds of equipment (including you).
TIP: Divide this number by 3 and this will be the maximum combined weight of the two-piece water ski line you should use. For example, if the combined weight of the two-piece line you want to use is 1,000 pounds, then 500 pounds will be the maximum combined weight of your equipment.
Water ski lines come in a variety of materials, designs and lengths. In general, water ski lines are classified as single, two piece or three piece. These lines are also classified according to their use.
For example, slalom and trick ski lines are made with a very flexible core to enable the skier to perform these types of activities. (Most trick and slalom ski lines are made with three-piece 2-color designs). Another type of line is the parade ski line, which is used to pull a person on a tube, barge or skier holding an orange flag. The length of this line is typically 75 feet long or more.
Water ski lines are the rope or cable that you hold onto and pull yourself across the water on skis. Water ski lines come in many different types, lengths, colors and designs. You can learn about the different types of lines, their characteristics, and how to pick out the right one for your needs in this article.
Water ski lines are designed to stretch so that you can get pulled across the water by a boat or vehicle going at a high speed. The amount a ski line stretches is called the “elastic coefficient” (EC) of that line. The EC expresses the amount of stretch as a ratio relative to the weight it is supporting (ski and rider).
Higher EC line (14 to 16) is more efficient, but is more expensive and has less elasticity, which means it offers less pull. This type of line is easier to handle and is faster because you get pulled at a higher speed. An 8 to 12 elastic coefficient is the least expensive and also the least efficient because it offers the least amount of pull.
(Most barefooting and beginner ski lines are of this type).
TIP: The higher the elastic coefficient of the water ski line, the shorter the rope or cable will need to be. The shorter the rope or cable, the less it affects the performance of your skis. You will get pulled across the water faster.
Water ski lines come in different lengths depending on their use.
Sources & references used in this article:
Water ski tow assembly by AL Courtney – US Patent 4,213,413, 1980 – Google Patents
Water ski tow rope reel apparatus by DW Jessamine – US Patent 4,429,839, 1984 – Google Patents
Ski rope and reel assembly by RM Wilson – US Patent 3,208,586, 1965 – Google Patents
Water ski tow rope reel apparatus by DW Jessamine – US Patent 4,416,429, 1983 – Google Patents