Day dreaming of summer? We do it too. New wakeboards and new waterskis are always fun additions to your water sports quiver. But what about the simple things? Getting the proper rope can help maximize your performance on your water sports equipment. We are here to help you choose your next wakeboard rope. Wakeboard and waterski ropes are not the same. Ski ropes have some stretch which allow skiers to more comfortably carve through their turns. Wakeboard ropes have virtually no stretch, maximizing riders’ pop during tricks. If you are in the market for a wakeboard rope, here are a few things to think about.
Wakeboard ropes are typically made with a few different materials. Poly E ropes are great for beginner riders. They have a small amount of stretch, making them more forgiving when cutting through the wake. They are also less expensive than some other ropes. The downside to Poly E ropes is that their stretch will not be desirable as a rider’s abilities progress. A rider looking for a more taut rope should consider a Dyneema rope. Dyneema ropes are exceptionally strong and lightweight, and have no stretch.
Length – Wake ropes range in length, typically falling between 55 and 80 feet long. They are often adjustable, so you can easily change the length for different riders or abilities. Shorter ropes put riders in the narrower part of the wake and are good for newer riders. Longer ropes allow riders to get more speed and to spend more time in the air, in the wider part of the wake.
Handles – There are several choices for wake handles as well. EVA foam, aluminum and carbon fiber are the typical materials used for handles. Grips can be rubber or chamois and may be textured. Lighter, stronger handles are going to be the most expensive. Wake handles are wider than ski handles, making it easier to pass the rope during tricks. Note that wake handles come in different diameters. Make sure you can comfortably grip the handle and that it isn’t too big or small for your hand.
What We Recommend
The Connelly Launch Package is a great starting point. It performs well, it’s comfortable to use, has bright visible colors, and a price point that won’t break the bank. At 75 feet with three 5 foot sections, you have flexibility to set the length the way you want it. That way you can get the best pop off of the wave. The Launch package also has a 15″ soft molded EVA foam handle for a comfortable grip. This is a great choice for your next wakeboard rope. Bottom line, it’s an awesome choice for your next wakeboard rope.
Looking for something more performance based? Check out the Connelly LGS Suede Package with Dyneema grip. At 75 feet, you have maximum amount of flexibility with how you customize your rope length. With a 15″ stitched leather handle and molded EVA core, this wakeboard rope has a tacky grip. Because of that, you’ll be able to stick your next landing easier.
We get it. There’s a lot that goes into making your next water sports purchase. We can help make it easier when you want to choose your next wakeboard rope. We are knowledgeable about the equipment we sell because it’s the same equipment that we use. Let us help inform you. Feel free to call us with questions. (207) 693 – 3867. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay updated with our blog!