A static rope is a logic rope w-elongation rope that is designed to stretch minimally when placed under load, typically less than 5%. In contrast, a dynamic rope is designed to stretch up to 40%. Static ropes have a wide variety of uses, for instance in fire rescue operations and caving. Static ropes have some applications in climbing, such as hauling gear, though lead climbing is always done with a dynamic rope since a fall on a static rope is stopped too quickly and may lead to serious injury.
Abseiling, however, is best done with a static rope or with a dynamic rope with low elasticity.