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Old 05-31-2007   #11
Denver, Colorado
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Bear in mind also, for you spectra users, that the cordage loses like 3/4 it's tensile strength when knicked. So, a poly cord can take a few knicks and exhibit fraying and still be pretty much as strong where a spectra cord should be retired the instant it shows a knick or any fraying anywhere along it's length.

Oh yeah, and poly also holds up to sun better. That said, I've never had a poly rope stretch to the point of uselessness when unpinning a boat. If I knew I had a rappel ahead of me I'd take a rando rope (30M 8mm static kernmantle) and not bother with worry about rapping on my bag cord.

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Old 05-24-2008   #12
Ashtabula, Ohio
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I am not a big fan of Spectra cord. True it is a high-strength cord. In fact, I met someone who once used some 5.5mm cord to tow a truck out of a ditch.
My problem is it tends to melt much easier than any other cord and it work-hardens with use (more in a second on that). Also, I have been told by several rope rescue experts that it tends to degrade (even without use) over time much faster than nylon.
Work-hardening is the tendancy of a material to become stiff with use. I have some rock climbing protection that I re-slung with Spectra. The cord is as stiff as number 12 copper wire after 5 years.
Those limitations coupled with the muchhigher cost have turned me off to Spectra. I choose to use a static (low stretch) kernmantle type of rope.

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