UnManila Rope

The name of this product – as do the names of some other synthetics - promanila, polymanila, synthetic manila, etc. - invites comparison to the natural fiber original, Manila rope.

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Man-made fibers are stronger than natural ones. So - especially where safety is involved – natural Manila/hemp ropes have been replaced (beginning in the 1950’s when Nylon was invented) by industrial synthetics – products like nylon, polyester, and polypropylene.

Manila is still specified for tug-of-war ropes because synthetics store energy and can ‘snap back’ and cause injury if one side lets go while the rope is under tension. And in athletic pulling and climbing activities during which many synthetics can become slippery from sweaty hands, for hand lines in theatrical stage rigging, and of course, for Boy and Girl Scouts monkey bridges.

In most cases natural fiber ropes have been assigned ‘decorative’ vs working rope status.

But, even for decorative uses sometimes there are qualities - resistance to damage caused by water/excessive moisture or by exposure to chemicals, dimensional stability, a less ‘coarse’ surface - that a natural fiber can't provide. So what are the choices? High cost nylon or polyester? Affordable but shiny yellow polypropylene? These are options, but our UnManila rope, a tan colored film polyolefin synthetic, is worth a long look. 

My tide wall looks awesome! The best one on the canal!

"The 1 1/2" UnManila was perfect! I had a little bit left over, but am planning to use it to trim a mirror in my half bath at my beach house."  -Gail   

Here's how our 1 1/2" UnManila rope was used to make this home look even more beautiful!

"Just wanted to share a photo of our rope project. Thank you!
Love the rope." -Tricia

Here's the bridge the wedding party crossed to reach the island for our wedding ceremony. 

"It worked out great everyone loved the rope!" - Bob

But for decorative, nautical look applications, how does our premium UNMANILA rope stack up versus the competition? It depends on what you're doing and where you're located.

The short version – natural Manila holds up well to sunlight but not to water or most chemicals. Synthetic Manila holds up well to water and most chemicals, but, over time, exposure to sunlight can cause surface damage.

*Our UnManila contains UV blockers for years of added life!

Polyester holds up well to both, but it’s costly and, being white in color tends to get dirty quickly (it can be dyed, but only in large quantities and at a high cost).

There are some tropical or near-tropical locations where the choices are obvious. If you’re in southern Florida or somewhere with a similarly moist climate, or if you have a sprinkler system or you spray lawn chemicals that hit the rope as well as the grass, Manila is going to have a pretty short life. On the other hand, if you’re in Arizona and you have heavy sunlight and little moisture, natural fiber Manila may well outlast the synthetic.

**Decorative uses do not include those where a piece of rope is all that’s protecting you from falling into a moat filled with alligators, or from falling off a cliff. There are times you just have to invest in cable, heavy netting, or other physical, versus visual barriers.


We offer $10.00 shipping on any size order within the contiguous United States.

All of our products are shipped within 1-2 business days.

To order by phone, call 1-800-875-8719, or order online below. Should a product be out of stock, we'll notify you of the delay immediately. If that happens (not likely), we will ask if you prefer to cancel your order.

UnManila Rope


Item #


Unit Price

1/4” x 1200’ Box


14.4 Lbs


3/8” x 600’   Box


16.8 Lbs


1/2” x 600


28.2 Lbs


3/4” x 100’ Coil


10.7 Lbs


3/4” x 300’ Coil


32.1 Lbs


3/4” x 600’ Spool


64.2 Lbs


1” x 25' Coil


4.5 Lbs


1” x 50’ Coil


9 Lbs


1” x 75’ Coil


13.5 Lbs


1” x 100’ Coil


18 Lbs


1” x 300’ Coil


54 Lbs


1” x 600’ Coil


108 Lbs


1 1/4” x 25’ Coil


6.8 Lbs


1 1/4” x 50’ Coil


13.5 Lbs


1 1/4” x 75’ Coil


20.3 Lbs


1 1/4” x 100’ Coil


27 Lbs


1 1/4” x 300’ Coil


81 Lbs


1 1/4” x 600’ Coil


162 Lbs


1 1/2” x 25’ Coil


9.5 Lbs


1 1/2” x 50’ Coil


19 Lbs


1 1/2” x 75’ Coil


28.5 Lbs


1 1/2” x 100’ Coil


38 Lbs


1 1/2” x 300’ Coil


114 Lbs


1 1/2” x 600’ Coil


228 Lbs


2” x 25’ Coil


17.3 Lbs


2” x 50’ Coil


34.5 Lbs


2” x 75’ Coil


51.8 Lbs


2” x 100’ Coil


69 Lbs


2” x 300’ Coil


207 Lbs


2” x 600’ Coil


414 Lbs


Return from UnManila rope to Manila rope 

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Our UnManila rope is used in lots of interesting ways - here are some of our customers' projects and comments 

*click a photo for more views

2" UnManila Rope

The project turned out amazing! Here are some pictures. Now you can see why I needed so much rope ;)


1 1/4" UnManila Rope

This decorative rope looks awesome!  Looking forward to doing more business with you in the future.

Thanks, Todd

UnManila Rope

Tom, Here are some photos using your rope. Had to confirm this is UnManila- it looks too good to be synthetic!


2" UnManila Rope

Tom, We've used your synthetic Manila rope in lots of places, inside and outside, and it still looks great!


1 1/2" UnManila Rope

Fran, Great finish for the bridges.

Many Thanks, Jim

1 1/2 and 3/4" UnManila Rope

Really impressed with the rope. I get as many compliments on the rope as on the patio!


2" UnManila Rope

Here's a picture of the ADA kayak launch with your rope. The connectors I found for sale were too expensive so I made some from PVC pipe.


1 1/4 UnManila Rope

Tom, I got the rope and it worked perfect. I'm glad we used the 1" 1/4" UnManila instead of the 1" manila we originally ordered.

Thanks, Hassan

3/4" UnManila Rope

Tom, Your rope worked fine.
The structure is still there and looking good even with temperatures of -40 degrees!


2" UnManila Rope

Thomas, Just figured I would share a photo of the finished project on my dock! Awesome product!

Thanks, Brad

1 1/2" UnManila Rope

Thank you so much for the rope you sent - we love it..it adds the finishing touch to our deck! 

Debby and Bud

2" UnManila Rope

Hi Tom, Here's how we put your rope to use at our cottage in Oak Bay, NB. We couldn't be happier with the results and all our friends that visit tell us how fantastic it looks! Thanks again so much for your wonderful service and product.


1 1/4" UnManila

I am glad that someone in your office called to see what the rope was going to be used on. The rope is so nice and beautiful to enjoy.

Great job Tom,

Virgil and Mary

1 1/4" UnManila

Hi Tom,

Fran and you were so great to work with, thank you for the rope samples and helping us decide which rope to use, we love the rope! Here's a couple of pictures to see what we've been doing!

Again, thanks!

Luanne and Greg