That part is obvious, right?
The best gym climbing ropes have an eyelet at one end so you can thread the rope through, which makes it a breeze to hand it from any smooth round surface, like a sturdy solid pull up bar.
Conditioning ropes, sometimes called battle ropes, are actually one long rope that you anchor in or near the ground.
The ends of this rope are wrapped to prevent fraying. The wrap at the end of the rope might be called end whipping.
These ropes are longer and have a smaller diameter than climbing ropes.
Although they do have an eyelet at one end to use for attaching to a weight sled or similar obstacle, they are not meant for climbing.
They are built for pulling, dragging and tug of war type activities.
Poly Dracon vs Manila vs Sisal vs Cotton, Which is Better?
Benefits of Manila Fiber Climbing Ropes
The best CrossFit climbing ropes in my opinion are made from Manila, but Sisal ropes come in a pretty close second.
Just keep in mind, climbing ropes do not last forever. You must check them for wear and replace every few years or so.
#1 best feature of Manila: Easier to grip – they’re not slick like synthetics.
Made from a natural sustainable material.
Stronger than Sisal.
Soaks up sweat from your palms, enhancing grip.
Can not use outside.
May rot from the inside out if exposed to humidity.
Low quality Manila may cause splinters or shed a lot of fibers.
Benefits of Sisal Fiber Climbing Ropes
Cheaper than Manila.
Softer than Manila.
Soaks up sweat from your palms, enhancing grip.
Readily absorbs water.
Not as durable as Manila (80% less strong).
Benefits of Synthetic Material Climbing Ropes
#1 best feature of synthetics: Withstands Moisture and won’t rot.
Can be used outside.
Better tolerates sunny conditions, is UV resistant.
Slippery to use for climbing.
Will not soak up sweat from palms like Manila and Sisal will.
Benefits of Cotton Cloth Climbing Ropes
Soaks up sweat from your palms, enhancing grip.
Soft on hands and attractive.
Can not be left outdoors or exposed to rain nor humidity.
Not very strong.
How do I Use a Climbing Rope to Workout?
There are as many ways to use a rope to exercise as there are Oompa Loompas in Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.
Obviously, I can not list them all, but I do know two Rope Climbing workouts you can expect to see come up in a WOD:
1. The Basic Rope Climb
Rope Climbing Technique- How To
Notice how Ben demonstrates the clamp down on the rope with your feet.
He points out that you need a pair of shoes designed for cross training to get up that rope easier and without destroying your shoes.
Click here for a list of shoes designed to withstand the rigors of CrossFit and Functional Fitness. These shoes have a special tread that allows you to more easily climb the rope without destroying your footwear.
2. The Legless Rope Climb
The legless rope climb is brutal and takes A LOT of upper body strength, and as the name implies, you don’t use your legs to help you climb.
Movement Demo – The Legless Rope Climb
There are two important things to note when hanging and using your rope for rope climbing.
The rope must be hung from a smooth round surface that can handle a heavy load.
The climbing rope should be used with accompanying landing crash pads or mats to prevent or minimize injury in case you slip from the rope and fall.
Now that we have those details out of the way, let’s get into those rope reviews.
TOP 11 Best Gym Climbing Rope Reviews 2023
Rogue Braided Eyelet Manila Climbing Ropes
Review: The best feature of this rope is the braided eyelet that allows you to quickly hang the rope without using hardware.
I also like the variety of lengths available so there are ropes that fit every home gym available.
Keep in mind, the end of the rope is finished with a loose cap to allow the Manila to breathe and prevent moisture which can deteriorate the rope.
Braided eyelet means no need for a mounting bracket.
Made in the USA.
Available in 5 different lengths.
High quality Manila.
Sheds fibers during climb.
Classic climbing rope, one of the best CrossFit climbing ropes, simple and durable from a name you can trust.
No Mounting Bracket Needed - Spliced knotted loop for easy knotting to any sturdy anchor point.
Heat Shrink End Caps - The end of our climbing ropes are all heat shrinked to prevent fraying.
Multiple Length Options - POWER GUIDANCE climbing rope are available in 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 feet
Keep The Ropes Dry - Generally, these ropes are used indoors, if the weather is good, you can also use it outdoors. But once your rope gets wet during outdoor use, it must be dried in the air bofore you use it next time.
WHY CHOOSE US - At POWER GUIDANCE, we fully stand behind our products. If you don't 100% love our products, please don't hesitate to contact us, and we do our best to make sure you are satisfied again.
Review: The Power Guidance 1.5” diameter climbing rope is a good choice for indoor gyms with ample height to hang them.
They are available in lengths from 15 feet al the way to 50 feet and have a hanging/mounting/anchoring loop at one end. They can also be used for pulling or as a battle rope if you have the longer length rope.
Knotted loop eyelets, no mounting hardware needed.
450 lb max weight.
Indoor only, not weather, water or moisture proof.
HEAVY DUTY CLIMBING ROPE- This high quality 25' long, 1. 5" thick rope is made for strength and durability, with the ability to support up to 300 lb! Our Climbing Rope has been tested tough and proven in over 40 cross training events throughout Florida.
QUALITY MATERIAL- The CLR-25 fitness rope has deep pivots for a comfortable grip during your rope climbing workout. The climbing rope knots well (important for climbing gear) for safety by providing more grip if beginners can’t perform rope climbs.
SPLICED ROPE FOR EASY MOUNT- This durable workout rope is spliced to create a loop at the end of the climbing rope and held together with heated shrunk vinyl to for a safe anchor point which also prevents the climbing rope from fraying after repeated use.
THE ULTIMATE CONDITIONING TOOL- Climbing rope builds upper body strength and muscle, burns fat, improves grip, and increases endurance for all athletes. Often used in cross training, strength and conditioning, and other fitness programs!
ADDITIONAL- Store climbing rope in a dry, indoor setting. Warning: rope climbing can be dangerous - Valor Fitness does not recommend climbing ropes without using several landing pads and a spotter.
AGE OLD TRAINING TECHNIQUE – For as long as people have been training, they’ve been climbing ropes. CFF FIT introduces the Premium Manila Climbing Rope that allows you to train the way all great athletes have been for centuries. Climb with your feet, right side up, upside down. Climb two parallel ropes at one. Push your limits. Achieve greatness.
EXTREME STRENGTH AND DURABILITY – Other than your gym, you can find manila rope in shipping, construction, and agricultural industries. In these places economy, strength, and durability are not an option, just like it shouldn’t be an option for you. This rope is designed for safety and durability. It might almost be as tough as you are.
DESIGNED FOR EXTENSIVE USE – The CFF FIT Premium Manila Climbing Rope is designed and agricultural deterioration. That means in all kinds of gym environments and users, you don’t have to worry about your rope wearing down. It will stay clean and strong, just like you keep yourself clean and strong.
SIMPLE AND QUICK INSTALLATION – You’ll get enough of a workout while climbing this rope. Designed with a soft eye loop and boot sealed end making it easy to hang so you can get started on your work out. You can either loop it inside the eyelet around a sturdy bar or you can use a strong chain to hold the eyelet to the bar.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS – Package contains (1) CFF FIT Premium Manila Climbing Rope with Eyelet End, 1.5 inch. Features soft eye loop and boot sealed end. Constructed out of Manila fibers with a three-strand twist. Tensile strength: 16,500lbs. Made in Miami Florida, USA.
BUILD YOUR FORM: Battle ropes are a great conditioning tool for a fullbody workout with a focus on increasing muscular endurance and cardiovascular conditioning. The battle ropes are built for athletes to train for increased power, to build core strength, and improve explosiveness.
PAIR WITH ANCHOR STRAP KIT FOR BATTLE ROPE: Secure your battle ropes to any stationary anchor as the battle ropes move freely when they are attached to the straps, allowing you to have a more natural range of motion. Use these straps to reduce the intensity of your work out by shortening the ropes; increase the intensity by extending them back out or adding multiple ropes for maximum resistance.
FULL SELECTION OF ROPE SIZES: Titan Fitness has a full selection of ropes ranging for intermediate users to advanced. If you are just starting out, we highly recommend the 30foot ropes with either 1.5 or 2in diameters.
DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: The threestrandthick exercise rope features a durable poly Dacron blend with the strength to prevent breakage and fraying. The heavyduty exercise rope can be used indoors or out, and it offers reliable, longlasting performance, so you can keep the focus on your workout.
DIMENSIONS: Titan Battle rope measures at 30 feet with a 1.5in diameter. The handles have an extra coating to prevent the rope from fraying. Which will greatly increase the life of the battle rope and allow it to be used outdoors.
Climbing Ropes have always been one of the most popular and standard equipment requests for overall improvement of physical fitness and muscle tone, particularly for upper arms and shoulders. Extremely popular training apparatus for strength, grip and arm coordination skills for use in physical education, wrestling, gymnastics, military, and cross-fit applications. Landing mats, spotting and supervision suggested when using.
Please note you want to make sure to have about two feet on the ground, so when climbing the rope dose not sway around.