Ok... So I got some at Home Depot. It was like $2.50 for a little bundle of 50 feet - camo. I thought I'd try this stuff out.
I've learned that one or more of the following is true...
A. Paracord sucks.
B. Home Depot has sucky paracord.
C. Paracord is WAY over rated (may also be in conjunction with A)
D. My rope and knotting skills suck (highly possible but I was white water certified at one point and knots were kind of a big deal)
E. I need more experience to use it right.
I used it to tie off a load in the back of my truck and I couldn't have been less happy. I couldn't get it tight (2 half hitches) and it didn't seem that strong. The package said it was rated to 100 lbs. Anything heavy in the back of a truck can hit 100 lbs of dynamic weight with wind load, cornering and emergency braking. I thought it was supposed to hold like 300 to 500 lbs?
Crown Bolt 1/8 in. x 50 ft. Assorted Colors Paracord Hank-65675 at The Home Depot