I am trying to find a roughly 7/64" to 1/8" (~3mm) DIA rope I can easily every day carry.
The rope must be:
- Strong, working limit 200-300+lbf
- Light weight
- Knot compatible
- Resilient to exposure outside optional
- Low stretch
- Low / no creep
What I have looked into:
This material is has the highest tensile strength but is too slippery and cuts into itself when knotted. It is should be only spliced.
Not resilient or strong. Mostly comes in a hallow braid that makes it not ideal for knots.
This material ticks most boxes except strength is somewhat lacking. The 550 paracord I have is rated for 110lbf working load. As I understand. Paracord has a stranded nylon cord core.
Appears to fit almost all the boxes. It is very susceptible to UV degradation so it must be sheathed. I have also read it very stiff and difficult to knot as a result. I wonder what the minimum bend radius of this material is at smaller diameters that I desire. Vectran's primary benefit appears to be low creep and good heat resistance.
Final use is camping: stringing up shelters, hammocks, occasionally lifting things with a sheave, etc. I want a versatile rope that I can carry outdoors and use when needed.