Parachute cord bracelets have gained popularity among outdoor enthusiasts and folks who want to be prepared for any emergency situation. Paracord bracelets are made out of lightweight nylon rope, also known as kernmantel (meaning “core” and “sheath” in German).
The sheath is the outer layer/mantle of the rope, and the core refers to the inner portion of the rope. Parachute cord was originally designed for the suspension lines of parachutes, but now it’s made into a practical bracelet for everyday use.
This article will give an overview of how to use paracord, factors to consider when trying to find the best paracord bracelet and product reviews of some of the most popular bracelets on the market.
How to Use Paracord
Paracord is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment to carry around with you. It can be used in any emergency situation to fix gear, make shelters and help you move heavy objects. Out in the wilderness paracord bracelets can become trail markers or a clothesline to dry your wet gear.
They’re also useful in first aid situations to secure splints or keep wounds tightly compressed. The inner strands of paracord bracelets can also be pulled apart for most intricate applications such as sewing or flossing. But despite their durability and capacity to carry heavy loads, paracord should not replace climbing rope.
Factors to Consider
When it comes to buying a paracord bracelet, it’s important that you invest in one made with high-quality paracord. There are 4 types of paracord that you’ll typically find on the market:
- Type 1 has a rated strength of 95 lbs and contains only one core strand. This type of paracord is low-quality and is best used for decoration, lacing or light-duty tasks.
- Type 2 has a rated strength of 400 lbs and contains 4-7 core strands. This type is not as common since 550 paracord has become more popular for paracord bracelets.
- Type 3 paracord, also known as 550, has a rated strength of 550 lbs and contains 7-9 core strands. This is the most popular type of paracord for survival applications because of its high-quality and strength.
- Type 4 has a rated strength of 750 lbs and contains 11 core strands. This is the strongest type of paracord, but it is more expensive than the 550 type.
Make sure that all of the strands are 100% nylon. Fake paracord bracelets will have cores made out of cotton-like materials instead of nylon strands. Real paracord strands will stay straight when removed from the sheath; fake ones will wrinkle easily. True paracord bracelets will not unfold easily once it has been unclasped; it will stay still for a while and slowly become pliable. Another way to do a nylon check is by burning a bit of the bracelet. Authentic paracord will melt slowly, while fake ones will light like a candle wick. Also, look to see if the paracord is military grade to ensure it is of the highest quality.
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the most popular paracord bracelets you’ll find on the market.
A2s Survival K2-peak Paracord Bracelets
A2S Survival has created a paracord bracelet that’s also a 5-in-1 survival tool. It includes a high-quality compass, flint fire starter, fire scraper, emergency knife and emergency whistle that can reach up to 100 decibels. The pack comes with two bracelets made out of military-grade 550 paracord that’s strong and durable. When unraveled, the bracelets provide you with 12 feet of paracord.
The K2-Peak line of bracelets fit wrist sizes between 8 and 9 inches. Also, included is a manual to give you step by step directions on how to use the bracelet to its maximum potential.
Sharpsurvival Wraps Emergency Paracord Bracelet
This Sharp Survival Wraps emergency bracelet is made with 12 feet of 550 paracord. The bracelet is adjustable and can fit all wrist sizes.
To ensure that you’re prepared for any emergency situation, the paracord bracelet also comes with a sharp eye knife, a high-quality compass and a compact magnesium fire starter rod.
The magnesium fire rod is weather resistant, cold resistant and windproof. With all of these added features, you’re sure to be prepared in any survival situation.
TI-EDC Handwoven Outdoor Paracord Survival Bracelet
TI-EDC’s survival bracelet is made with 10 feet of high-quality paracord that has a rated strength of 350 lbs. Their paracord bracelets have been specially designed to be completely disassembled in one minute. The quick disassembly ensures that you’ll be prepared for any emergency situation. To clasp the bracelet together, they’ve added a stainless steel D Shackle for your convenience.Their paracord bracelets are ideal for people with 7-8 inch wrists. They also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns which allow you to choose the style that will suit you best.
X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets
X-Plore’s emergency paracord bracelets are made with military grade 550 paracord that can be used in any emergency situation. The bracelets are available in regular, medium or kid size.
Also, included is a flint fire starter, whistle, scraper/knife and a compass. These additional survival features made this paracord bracelet versatile and ideal for hunting, fishing, hiking or any other outdoor excursion.
Titan Paracord Survival Bracelet
The Titan Paracord Survival Bracelet is made with over 11 feet of military grade 550 paracord. Their patent-pending SurvivorCord is 100% nylon and contains 21 individual strands that are braided into 3-strand yarns. Their high-quality paracord bracelet is practical for camping, hiking, fishing and for any emergency situation you might find yourself in. The bracelet is 9 inches long and can comfortably fit wrists that measure 7-8 inches.
To find yourself the best paracord bracelet, make sure that it’s made with paracord that’s 100% nylon, fits military standards, and has a rated strength of 550 lbs or more. High-quality paracord bracelets are worth the investment to ensure that you’re prepared for any survival and emergency situation.