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    Question Paracord...?

    Up until 2 years ago, I had never heard of Paracord. Now if you don't have any, you are a giant looser. Exactly what is it and what makes it better than anything else I have like rope and stuff? Do I really need it that bad and what is a good price? Are there different qualities - some suck and some don't?
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    Paracord is the thin very strong cords sewn into a parachute envelope and run down to the parachute's harness. Very strong, but I feel over rated in some respects. Great for tying things but very thin (3/16" dia.) so trying use to climb is nearly impossible unless you want to braid a lot of strands together. It is very handy and I think every BOB should have a hundred feet.

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    Paracord is smaller and lighter for the strength. It's made up of several strands (usually 7 I believe). You can usually get a thousand feet for right around $50 (though I've seen it for as cheap as $30). People prefer it because you know exactly what you're getting for it. It is a mass produced, standardized piece of equipment like screws or bolts, so you get the same product with the same tolerances and the same capabilities ever time. Also it's versatile because it's made up of a number of strands, you can peel off the outter sheath and use the inner strands for different things. Further, unlike say twisted polyester rope, it's smoother, so makes great handle wraps for knives and equipment. Lastly, I don't think you're a loser if you don't have paracord. Different ropes have different uses, paracord for example can't be spliced together like twisted poly, you have to rely on knots which as you know cause weak points. (Insert 50 Shades of Grey reference here.)

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    Paracord has, as has been mentioned, seven strands inside a sheath. Each of the seven strands is made of smaller strands that can be separated out as well. What makes this so good is that in a small package you have sewing thread, fishing line, string and the cord itself which will hold 600 pounds. It is a very versitile piece of equipment. I keep just 100 feet of it and 50 feet of 3/8 poly rope in my pack.




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    It's got ton's of uses, the only thing that I have read about that's not really good for climbing, other than that it's got a million and one uses. I imagen if you had to use it to climb or desend in a last resort you could use it but it's not suggested.

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    It's cool because it comes in bright colors and you can make faggy little bracelets and call them "Survival Bracelets!"

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    I'm x military and we called it 5/50 cord because there are 5 cords wrapped in a sheath made of 50 braided strands, each can be separated for several purposes and the inner cords can easily be pulled out of the sheath individuality. Others are saying there are 7 cords inside the sheath. Are we talking about the same thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vandelescrow View Post
    I'm x military and we called it 5/50 cord because there are 5 cords wrapped in a sheath made of 50 braided strands, each can be separated for several purposes and the inner cords can easily be pulled out of the sheath individuality. Others are saying there are 7 cords inside the sheath. Are we talking about the same thing?
    I just got a couple hundred ft of paracord the other day and it said on the spool that it was 7 strand with braided sheath.But I would say yeah,it's the same stuff,just different sizes/number of cords depending on what the parachute's job is.Heavier loads (vehicles dropped from planes,etc.) vs lighter loads such as a single person parachute.What I found,listed as paracord,seems to be extremely strong,but i'm also a pretty big guy,so I don't think I would advise it either for climbing or desending. I did not see a pound rating on the spool I bought it off of,but then again,I didn't really look for a load rating.

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    I have paracord in my pile of bug out gear because of the advantages already mentioned! However I also use dyneema Kite line for snaring big game and where extra strength is needed! It is 2500 lb test and only 1/8" wide. It does not tangle easy either. I discovered this stuff when kite surfing! It is also more commonly avail in smaller diameters and lesser strengths!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vandelescrow View Post
    I'm x military and we called it 5/50 cord because there are 5 cords wrapped in a sheath made of 50 braided strands, each can be separated for several purposes and the inner cords can easily be pulled out of the sheath individuality. Others are saying there are 7 cords inside the sheath. Are we talking about the same thing?
    Hello it's not 5/50 it is 550 which refers to the 550 lb tensile strength with 7 strands and is the standard civilian cord. The military in its infinite wisdom actually makes about 6 different types of paracord so you may have seen some 5 strand stuff around.

    I have a couple spools of it and carry some in my bug out, hunting and EDC, it is the duct tape of rope.

    Army specs, sorry lost the table in the paste.

    Type Minimum strength Minimum elongation Minimum length per pound Core yarns Sheath structure
    I 95 lb (43 kg) 30% 950 ft (290 m; max. 1.57 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 16/2
    IA 100 lb (45 kg) 30% 1050 ft (320 m; max. 1.42 g/m) <no core> 16/1
    II 400 lb (181 kg) 30% 265 ft (81 m; max. 5.62 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 36/1
    IIA 225 lb (102 kg) 30% 495 ft (151 m; max. 3.00 g/m) <no core> 32/1 or 36/1
    III 550 lb (249 kg) 30% 225 ft (69 m; max. 6.61 g/m) 7 to 9 32/1 or 36/1
    IV 750 lb (340 kg) 30% 165 ft (50 m; max. 9.02 g/m) 11 32/1, 36/1, or 44/1
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