A tricep rope is an attachment for cable systems and can be used for a variety of exercises to target triceps, biceps, shoulders, abs, and back. Material can vary, but tricep ropes are a rope, often with half-sphere grips at its ends, threaded through a receiver or attachment that can link to a carabiner of a cable pulley system. With proper positioning, tricep ropes can target the three tricep heads and be used for both arms simultaneously or for single arm reps. Let’s get a grip and take a look at the best tricep ropes for you.

Best Tricep Ropes

Editor’s Pick

Commercial quality for personal gains.

Pros:

  • Universal design makes it compatible with most cable systems.
  • Utilizes plastic ends as opposed to rubber to better avoid wear.
  • On the more affordable end of the market.

Cons:

  • Plastic ends might be more prone to slipping.
  • May retain sweat odors if not routinely cleaned.
Yes4All Deluxe Tricep Rope
Yes4All Deluxe Tricep Rope
Yes4All Deluxe Tricep Rope

This triceps rope comes in either 27 or 36 inches with three different color options. The braided rope is one in thick and the included attachment has a diameter of .59 inches to fit most gym cable systems.

For Seasoned Athletes

The universal pick.

Pros:

  • Universal attachment designed to fit most gym systems.
  • No assembly required.

Cons:

  • Rubber ends may show wear after long term use.
  • Rope may fray over time.
Valeo Universal Triceps Rope Pulldown
Valeo Universal Triceps Rope Pulldown
Valeo Universal Triceps Rope Pulldown

This triceps braided rope is a 27 inch long and made from heavy duty coated nylon. It is equipped with thick rubber end pieces on each side to help prevent slipping during lifts. It includes a chrome plated attachment which can rotate 360 degrees around the rope.

Contender

Heavy duty and reliable.

Pros:

  • The double-braided rope may help achieve a firmer grip.
  • Multiple colors used in the rope differentiate it from more standard ropes used at commercial gyms.
  • Often praised for durability of the rope.

Cons:

  • The hole in the receiver is smaller and will fit most carabiners but may be too small for some cable system attachments.
Harbinger Tricep Rope
Harbinger Tricep Rope
Harbinger Tricep Rope

This black and red heavy duty nylon rope has a 26 inch and 36 inch option. It has ribbed rubber grips and and an aluminum receiver.

Also Consider

The sturdy go-to.

Pros:

  • The accompanying carabiner ensures it will be compatible with most cable system attachments.
  • More affordable than comparable options.

Cons:

  • May have to routinely tighten the screw to keep the rubber stoppers from falling off.
Luss Custom Heavy Duty Tricep Rope
Luss Custom Heavy Duty Tricep Rope
Luss Custom Heavy Duty Tricep Rope

Black nylon braided rope with removable rubber stoppers and chrome plated attachment with carabiner. Comes in 27 or 36 inches.

Also Consider

The flexible pick.

Pros:

  • More color options available than most competitors.
  • The ropes braiding may be better for athletes who prefer the rope be gentler on their palms.

Cons:

  • More expensive than other available options.
LPG Muscle TRICEP Rope Extreme
LPG Muscle TRICEP Rope Extreme
LPG Muscle TRICEP Rope Extreme

A 3lb 36 inch rope with three color options; black, blue, and orange. LPG uses a softer braid in their rope to increase its flexibility and offer a more cushioned grip.

Methodology

Material and Braiding

The flexibility of a rope is usually associated to the type of material it’s made of. Sturdier ropes are most often made of nylon but the flexibility will be influenced by the braiding. Larger braids won’t allow for the same flexibility that smaller or tighter braids can which can have an impact on your grip as you hit full extension.

Attachments

Tricep rope attachments are made of steel, plastic, and in rare cases, rubber. They will all have a hole for cable system to attach to; carabiners and the like. Not all gym cable systems are made equal, so check that the attachments of your gyms cables would match the tricep rope you’re leaning towards. When in doubt, there are tricep ropes sold with a carabiner.

Wrapping Up

Most gyms will have tricep ropes available, but can be worn or tattered from the constant use by their members and may not be the most comfortable to use for you. Investing in your own may solve those issues and is a quality addition to your fitness equipment arsenal.