About ParaCord: The term paracord comes from the cord used on the soldiers parachutes in WWII. The term 550 simply meant that it had a breaking strength of 550 pounds, giving it its full name of 550 paracord. When soldiers landed in the battle fields, they would cut the paracord off their parachutes and pack it up for later use. This particular cord was handy to strap gear to vehicles, to help build shelters, or for lowering gear down ledges, as well as a litany of other uses. Today there are a lot of different types of paracord on the market and they are broken down into two catagories, MIL-C-5040H Type III para cord and Commercial 550 Cord.
Here. There is also an extremely large section of colors to chose from. For color selection click Here. Deploying the bracelet is pretty easy. For details about how to deploy one of the bracelets for use, click Here. One of the great things is you can get a quality product for a very reasonable price. The pricing ranges from $9.99 to $20.00 depending on the number of colors you have on your bracelet. The amount of paracord you get with your bracelet will depend on the size of your wrist. There were to types of bracelets one that is 3/4 inch wide, which you will get approximately 8-11 feet of cord. The other is 1 inch wide and you will get approximately 13-16 feet. Note, once you unravel your cord you will find that it is not possible to put them back together, but that you can still store the cord in your backpack for future use. This is a product that we tested as far as holding things up, however, we were unable to test the breaking point of the 550 pounds because simply we do not have a scale that goes that high. Good quality rope is always a great thing to have with you when backpacking and hiking. You never know when it will come in handy for a makeshift shelter, to carry something, or help in an emergency situation. Both Ashley and I will be adding Paravival's paracord to our regular hiking gear! ParaVival makes good quality products made in the United States. For more product information click Here. Once you unravel the cord you can clearly tell that it is good quality cord. It was able to hold up Ashley's body weight as well as mine.