Kernmantle is a type of rope
, characterized by a braid
, from the German
) and a woven outer sheath
(the mantle). The core provides strength
while the sheath maintains flexibility
and gives the rope a smooth aspect
, reducing snags and kinks.
Most rock climbing ropes are kernmantle ropes, and come in 10mm or 11mm widths, or as narrow as 8mm for use in double rope techniques.