I hate steel cable with a passion. However the thing that it has going for it, is it's dead nuts reliable. Leave it in the sun, drag it through mud...whatever it's as good as it was when you spooled it up. As with anything, synthetic rope seems to get as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. Obviously there are going to be some differences.
The rope at hand is going to need to be 7/16" for my winch and at a minimum of 80'. My budget, out the door, spooled on my winch is $275. That's my magic number, but I also don't want to get shit that will deteriorate in a year with sitting in the sun and taking some mud and dealing with it.
A) It will sit in the sun, every. single. day. I do not plan on "covering" the winch, but maybe even some marine UV protection spray on it?
B) It will get muddy, I have no issues with hosing it out after...but I can only do so much as far as trying to protect the rope. It's a daily driver, the less actual maintenance..the better
Anyway, what's out there?
- Master Pull "Superline" 7/16" x 100' = $737 - Yea...negative on that one. That is plus tax/shipping/etc, not even close to what I want to spend.
- Viking 7/16" x 90' = $370 plus whatever applicable tax/shipping
- Amsteel Blue 7/16" x 80'=$255 to my door A bit on the short side, but certainly enough to work with
- Smittybilt 7/16" x 88' $300 to my door
- "Tuff Stuff" / ebay 1/2" x 94' - $144 to my door (not a typo). Super cheap, I believe Venom(?) uses this
That is really about all I could find as far as a variety goes. Obviously a major concern is the cost, but right behind it is it's reliability. I have zero actual experience with owning a synthetic rope, I've pulled a couple for some people..but that is about it. I need it to put up with road grime, UV rays, mud, dirt, hot, cold, whatever and be ready to go