What Is 550 Paracord And How Can It Help You Survive?

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What is 550 Paracord and How Can It Help You Survive
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Most survival aficionados will recommend that you must include 550 paracord in your survival kit. You might be a little curious as to why this is considered so essential when there are dozens of other types of rope that you can use. Well, Ultimate Survival Tips uploaded a great video that will talk about the many uses of this paracord and let you in on the secrets of why it’s so useful for survival.

List Of Paracord Types

There are numerous types of paracord; here is a quick rundown of the different types:

Type I (95 Paracord): Known as 95 paracord, this type is the thinnest and lightest, with a diameter of approximately 1.85mm and a minimum breaking strength of around 95 pounds. It’s commonly used for small crafts and jewelry making​​.

Type II: Type II paracord is rarely available and has a breaking strength of 400 pounds​​.

Type III (550 Paracord): This is the most popular type, with a breaking strength of 550 pounds and 7-9 core strands. It’s used for survival situations and offers a good balance between price and quality​​.

Type IV (750 Paracord): This type has a breaking strength of 750 pounds and contains 11 core strands. It’s thicker and stronger, making it suitable for tactical purposes​​​​.

Type V (1000 Cord): Often referred to as 1000 cord, this is the strongest type with a diameter of approximately 6mm and a minimum breaking strength of around 1000 pounds​​.

The one that is most commonly used is the Type 3 paracord, or more popularly known as 550 paracord. It is nominally rated with a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, hence the name. 550 Paracord is a lightweight kernmantle cord made from nylon. It gains its name, unsurprisingly from its use as parachute cordage – and has been utilized for such since before World War II.

Paratroopers found this cord so useful for many additional tasks that it is now used as an all-purpose utility cord not only by military personnel, but by civilians as well.

Many hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts use a paracord survival bracelet which is made of several feet of paracord. (The link is to our tutorial on how to make one!) The bracelet is woven in a way that it makes it more wearable and ultra-convenient / quick to deploy. These bracelets are meant to be unraveled when you need them.

Because of its popularity, there are some companies that sell fake paracord, and you have to know how to determine whether it is real or not.

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How To Tell If 550 Paracord Is Real

First, you have to inspect the inside of the cord. Real paracords are made of at least 7 inner (white) nylon yarns that are each made up of three strands. Some inner yarns found in fake ones may not have the three strands. This means that your paracord won’t be able to sustain the 550-lb minimum breaking strength. With that said, you have to buy ones from reputable sellers and don’t get easily swayed by significantly lower prices. You can check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRLP3fxXBqk to give you a more in-depth guide in determining its authenticity.

Aside from the uses that were shown in the video, you can come up with different unique ways to use this cord. Just to give you an idea of how diverse it gets – you can even take out the strands and use them to floss your teeth!! I have to say though, it was the fishing net that impressed me. It’s simply amazing how you can get so many uses out of it!

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3 thoughts on “What Is 550 Paracord And How Can It Help You Survive?

  1. I think all potential survivors should carry no less than 50-100 feet, because you may need enough para-cord to use it for a makeshift tent, hammock, fishing net, animal trap, floss, To tie up food way from small animals(at night), and still have enough left to use for repelling in case of emergency evacuation of an injured or fallen person, and/or to tie onto a water bucket,jug, bottle to throw out to get water in swift moving water and many other uses. But even 25-50 feet is better than not having any with you at all.

  2. BestGlide.com and AdventureSurvivalEquipment.com not only sell the authentic USGI Paracord, they will also GIVE you or Fax you or email you a copy of the Certificate of Compliance from the USGI manufacturer. If a seller won’t or says they “can’t” give you a copy of that cert – they aren’t selling the real genuine stuff.

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