Sunday, November 30, 2014

Titan Paracord (Product Review)

Recently, Ashley and I were sent a sample of Titan Paracord to test out for our readers. When we received the Titan Paracord, we noticed the packaging was nicely marketed and was easy to read. Titain Paracord's packaging proudly promoted that the Paracord was made to Military Specifications w/Colored Government Contractor Marker.

About the Product: Titan™ Paracord is made from 100% Nylon, measures 5/32" in diameter, and contains 21 individual strands, braided into seven seriously-strong 3-strand yarns. Its official military designation is MIL-C-5040H, Type III, 550 Paracord. Titan™ Paracord is the ultimate utility cord, and is also known as 550 Cord, Parachute Cord, or Survival Cord.

Our Review: When we opened the Titan Paracord package, you notice that the Titan Paracord comes with a very handy Velcro Fastener, to hold any cord that you do not use. This would obviously come in handy during any wilderness excision, and allows you to keep the Paracord from getting tangled in your backpack while hiking/traveling. We then proceeded to cut a small portion of the Titan Paracord to examine the contents of the para cord. As you can see there are a total of seven strands that comprise the Titan Paracord as promised by the manufacturer and one of the strands is specially marked as red. The different strands of cord can easily be pulled apart in order to make seven individual strands of Titan Paracord. When we pulled apart the seven strands of cord, those can even be split into smaller strands. If you are going to pull apart the main strand to use one of the seven individual strands for some purpose, you would likely need a way to keep the individual strand from unraveling further. You could likely use a match or other heat source to melt the ends of the individual strand you are using, which would fuse the ends together.

The cut ends of the Titan Paracord can be burned back together with a simple match or lighter to keep the main section of cord from unraveling. We tested this process out with the barbecue lighter that we have in our home, and it is a quick process, pictured below. As far as strength testing, the Titan Paracord could easily hold items that were approximately 50 to 60 pounds in weight, which is the weight we used for testing. We unfortunately, do not have the ability to test whether the cord can hold 550 pounds as claimed, neither Ashley or I weigh that much, or have a laboratory in which to conduct such tests. However, we could not break the cord with our own body weight nor with the weight tests that we performed on the product.

We see multiple uses for Titan Paracord. It can be used to tie things to your backpack, to hang food/supplies from a tree to keep food or trash out of reach from animals, to pull/carry an item, to securely tying down items to the top of your vehicle, or for emergency medical situations. Really the uses are endless. Overall, we see that the products performs as advertised and will come in handy in a wide range of situations. Ashley and I, usually always carry Paracord with us on backpacking trips and we would recommend Titan Paracord.

Titan Paracord is reasonably priced. At the time of this review, it can be purchased online for between $16 and $20.00 and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The company is a U.S. Veteran-Owned Business, which is always a great thing. Titan Paracord, comes in eleven different colors. You can purchase Titan Paracord, through Amazon. We think this is a good product, from our testing, and we always carry Paracord with us on our overnight backpacking trips, because you never know when you are going to need in the wilderness. The additional versatility of this product also gives you more bank for your buck as well. To cut down on weight while overnight backpacking you can always pre-cut the Paracord to the lengths you need, so you don't have to carry the entire 100 foot bundle of Paracord.

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