Sunday, May 2, 2010

Gear Essentials - Paracord

We have all seen the TV survival shows with some guy who can live forever it seems with his one big knife and whatever junk he might find on his route in the wilderness.
Now that is an excellent skill to have don't get us wrong...but realistically how many of you are prepared to live with the bugs full time and begin to make gear out of discarded junk after an emergency? Not many.
There are a few essential gear "must haves" in your kit - paracord fits the bill - light and strong with plenty of applications.
Not all are created equal however. Our friends at (they continue to sponsor the free ICE Kits by the way!) realize this and have stocked up on paracord - you can actually buy a 1000 ft roll of this and split it amongst your family members/friends for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a bunch of 100 foot lengths.
There are so many uses for this cord and it comes in a variety of colors if you decide you need gray, yellow, green or black for your specific needs.....100 ft for your kit would be excellent. Take it with you always on hiking/camping trips and kayaking/canoeing.....

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This paracord is ideal for camping, boating, crabbing, indoor or outdoor clothesline, halyard line, garden line & any other uses requiring great strength & durability.Contains Seven (7) Removable Inner Strands that can be used for fishing line, sewing thread, tripwire, nets, traps and other emergency +/or survival situations.

Paracord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks.
It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.[1]The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic; depending on the application this can be either an asset or a liability.Mil Spec 550 Para Cord is made to Mil-C-5040 specifications (7-strand core).

This para cord is trusted and used by our armed forces.Military grade 550 paracord rope known as Mil-C-5040 Type 3 is made of nylon so that is dries quickly and is mildew resistant. It is 1/8 inch in diameter and is rated for 550 lbs.

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