Paracord Beyond the Fad

ParacordFor a while there, paracord was one of the hottest outdoor items around. People were buying 550 cord by the spool, and making paracord everything. But things have changed. No more tactical survival backpacks made out of 550 cord. No more paracord beer coozies. No more paracord oven mitts for dogs. Children have stopped wearing enough paracord around their arms, legs, and necks to fashion a fishing net to accommodate a small village in the event of a survival situation. But while the fad is finally dying down, paracord is still incredibly useful.

Survival bracelets were insanely popular for a couple of years. The idea behind a survival bracelet is that you have a good amount of paracord that can be used in a survival situation at any given time. There’s about a foot of cord per inch of bracelet, so a survival bracelet can yield between 7 and 12 feet of cordage, depending on the size of the bracelet. Most people did not wear survival bracelets for their functionality, however. People were buying paracord as a fashion statement.

The bracelets became so popular that people started fashioning all kinds of stuff out of paracord. Lanyards, necklaces, and key chains were all pretty popular, and people experimented with all kinds of different weaves. Here at Uncle Sam’s we’ve carried paracord for years, but it was hard to keep up with the demand for cord during the craze.

The fad cooled off, as they fads are wont to do, and people have tapered their paracord consumption. Even though it’s not nearly as popular as it used to be, paracord is still extremely useful.

When intact, paracord has a tensile strength of 550 pounds. But the cord itself can be broken down. The cord is made out of 7 nylon threads that are housed in a nylon sheath. Those 7 threads can be divided even further into individual strands. This makes 550 cords quite versatile.

Paracord can be used for everything from stitching up clothing to fishing to setting up snare traps, to building shelters, and securing cargo. It’s easily one of the most versatile and handy things you can carry along in your pack.

The sheer packability of paracord is another thing that makes it so useful. Yes, you can carry a few feet around your wrist, but you can also carry a few hundred feet in your pack quite easily. Thread packs small, but it is limited. Rope is strong and useful, but it is too heavy and bulky to carry on the trail. Paracord finds the perfect balance between the two. It’s lightweight and it’s packable, but what’s more, it is strong enough to be used for a number of different purposes.

The fad may be over, but you should still carry some paracord in your pack or with your camping gear. Stop by our store to check out our selection!

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