Gear Guide: Breakaway Ropes

From tried-and-true to cutting-edge, this is the lowdown on the breakaway rope market.

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Girl ropers are nothing new, but the growth in breakaway roping has led to a market emergence of a whole new class of ropes. Whether they’re tried-and-true calf ropes or ropes featuring breakaway-specific technologies, breakaway ropers now have a host of options when it comes to determining which rope will be their go-to tool in their quest for the fastest time in rodeo. 

Tsunami by Cactus Ropes, 800.SPIN.WIN

  • Basic Info: 4 Strand Poly, powered by CoreTX
  • Used By: 
  • MSRP: $44
  • Length: 24’
  • Sizes: 8.0, 9.0, 9.5, 10, 10.25
  • Tech Specs: New production technology is used to create even weight distribution and a highly identifiable tip.
  • What They’re Saying: “The only rope I have ever used that has complete balance, stays open, but still closes tight around the calves’ neck!” —Lari Dee Guy

4-Strand Gold Calf Rope by Dub Grant Rope Co., 800.223.8478

  • Basic Info: 4-Strand Poly
  • MSRP: $50
  • Length: 28’
  • Sizes: 9.5, 10.0, 10.2, 10.5
  • What They’re Saying: “The hondas and the eyes and ropes stay good. They feel ready to use all the time. And when they jerk loose from the saddle horn and they drag ’em to the other end of the arena, they don’t get messed up. They’re easier to clean up and they’re still good. There’s no maintenance.” —Dub Grant

Athena by Fast Back Ropes, Inc., 800.479.1851

  • Basic Info: 4-Strand Poly, poly core
  • Used By: JJ Hampton, 2020 NBR qualifier
  • MSRP: $42
  • Length: 29’
  • Sizes: 9.5, 10.25
  • Lays: XS, S
  • What They’re Saying: “The Athena is a four-strand breakaway rope with a purple-dyed poly core. Poly core provides enhanced tip weight and durability. This tough and durable rope stands up in all conditions and gives a snappy finish and close.” —Fast Back Ropes

45 Thread by King Ropes: 800.443.8919

  • Basic Info: 4-Strand Poly, cored rope
  • Used By: Josey “Hooter” Murphy, 2020 NHSFR Breakaway Champion
  • MSRP: $44
  • Length: 28’
  • Size: 9.5 (10.0 availably as 48 Thread)
  • Lays: S, MS
  • What They’re Saying: “4 strands are twisted very close together—what they call the crown of the rope is very close together, so they’re very smooth. The poly has a weighted core in it, and it gives it lots of weight, so it will carry out there. There’s not very much stretch to it, so once it hits that string, it’ll break away quick.” —Dan Morales, King Ropes

The Win by Lone Star Ropes

  • Basic Info: 4-Strand, cored calf rope, complete with tied-on flag
  • Used By: Jordan Jo Fabrizio, 2020 NFBR qualifier
  • MSRP: $41
  • Length: 28’
  • Sizes: 9.0, 9.5, 10.0, 10.25, 10.5
  • Lays: XS
  • What They’re Saying: “The Win features our new evolutionary core, which counterbalances the rope, as a whole. This rope has a traditional poly feel, with very little stretch, providing breakaway ropers with a consistent feel, balanced weight, and ideal size. This rope is very durable in variant temperatures and seasons.” —Lone Star Ropes

Spitfire by Rattler Ropes: 888.308.2386

  • Basic Info: Sized slightly different from its competitors, the first breakaway-specific rope to hit the market is measured by the number of individual strands used.
  • Used By: 
  • MSRP: $44
  • Length: 28’
  • Sizes: 50, 60
  • Lays: S
  • What They’re Saying: “The Spitfire is the first professional breakaway rope of its kind, made specifically to reach and rope the neck. The customized manufacturing process using technologically advanced fibers allows the loop to stay open and, upon delivery, close sharp, fast and tight around the neck. The enhanced tip has a weighted feel, helping to know where the loop is and guiding it to the intended target. The shell is extremely smooth, allowing the rope to feed fast and easy. The body keeps the loop open to create a perfect storm for an aggressive, first-swing shot out of the box.” —Rattler Ropes

Drover by Top Hand Ropes: 888.847.6737

  • Basic Info: 4-strand, Poly Core calf rope
  • Used By: JoJo Lemond, 4-time NFR qualifier
  • MSRP: $43
  • Length: 28’
  • Sizes: 9, 9.5, 10, 10.25, 10.5, 10.75, 11
  • Lays: XS, S
  • What They’re Saying: “The Drover calf rope is expertly made in America from a texturized poly material. It has very little stretch, plenty of weight and low crowns that gives this 4-strand core rope a smooth feel that requires very little maintenance.” —Top Hand Ropes

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