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Cool Gear: Survival Straps

Clever products that are both stylish and functional
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We all know that a survival situation can occur when we least expect it, but the problem with a lot of survival equipment is that—outside of a pocket knife—not much of it is something you carry around with you from day to day. When's the last time you had 25 to 200 feet of paracord at the ready?

Now it's possible to have a considerable amount of the invaluable lashing cord with you at all times, thanks to a two-year-old  mom-and-pop outfit out of Jacksonville Beach, FL. Kurt and Melissa Walchle's SurvivalStraps produces everything from bracelets, belts and watch straps to rifle slings, dog collars and lanyards out of tough paracord. The stylish yet functional products come in dozens of color combinations and are suitable for men, women and children. The idea is to make the cord something that you want to wear or keep with you, and should the occasion arise, you can simply cut a length of the cord to suit your needs.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of all SurvivalStraps products goes to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that aids U.S. servicemen and women who have been wounded in combat. The Walchles hope that people use their products to spread the word about the WWP. Check out the SurvivalStraps web site for more information and to order.

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from dieancee 6/18/2010 at 11:08pm

Got two bracelets and a key fob after seeing an ad on Facebook for Firefighter Support. I love them, unique look in place of traditional bangle bracelets. The photo's don't do them any justice. The website was very user friendly and shipping was quick.

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from Tom Palmer 12/4/2009 at 07:09am

After a few days' use the watch straps fit like a glove. Customer service is outstanding. Kurt will customize your order upon request - very accomodating. My watch straps and a dog collar were received within 3 week days after ordering.

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from tipsord 5/8/2009 at 12:23pm

This looks great. Will have to get one. Why didn't someone think of this sooner???

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from teresahaller 5/4/2009 at 01:15pm

They look cool. I will have to get one.

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from cbosenbe 4/20/2009 at 08:01pm

Very original, totally practical, and a great cause to boot.

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from azlifer 4/16/2009 at 06:48pm

makes total sense.

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from ripcurrent 4/14/2009 at 01:29pm

This is such a cool idea. I love my Survival Strap bracelet. They come in many colors, look great, and are very durable and functional. That plus the donation to The Wounded Warrior Project makes this product a great buy.

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from Marie Walchle 4/14/2009 at 12:32pm

Awesome products! I've purchased several and will be purchasing more. Great gifts! Thanks Survival Straps!

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from literader 4/9/2009 at 08:05pm

I have several and they are great... I need a new watchband and will be getting it from SurvivalStraps... So rugged and good looking... You're missing out if you pass this up...

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from ten-poinext 4/8/2009 at 06:17pm

What a cool idea. I am going to have to get one. Great that some of the proceeds go to a such an awsome foundation. Keep up the good work in bringing our attention to such products OL!

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from krysdailey 4/8/2009 at 09:07am

What a great product and an even greater thing they are doing for our service men and women!

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from nkeylargo 4/8/2009 at 08:37am

Nice looking gear! A great gift for your spouse.

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from canary1952 4/8/2009 at 07:15am

Great idea -- I love mine! Functional, practical, attractive, comfortable, and carefully tailored to your individual specifications: what a treat in this "one-size-fits-all" world!

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from lbosenbe 4/7/2009 at 04:04pm

Very Slick - I especially love the dog collars! I'm definitely getting one for my Chessie!

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from sbosenbe 4/7/2009 at 03:45pm

I think this is one of the coolest products I've seen from your magazine! Love it!

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from davisjohnson 4/7/2009 at 02:48pm

I've ordered several and love em. Very clever and very cool. I can't wait til you can put a logo on them!!!

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from Yoda 4/6/2009 at 05:03pm

Huh that's pretty cool, i might have to get something like that

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from TravisAA 4/6/2009 at 02:05pm

This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas! Pretty clever...and if I had any doubts on getting one or not, the donation they make is enough to make up my mind for me.

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from k1ll3r 4/1/2009 at 10:57am

man those things are cool and i will look into gettin one. plus the donation is very good!!

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from ttfaulkner@msn.com 3/29/2009 at 10:13pm

This should be a part of every outdoorsman's gear. I have to get me one soon!

Travis Faulkner
Outdoor Life

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from firedon 3/29/2009 at 08:15pm

One of the coolest things i've seen lately! I'll be getting one and the donation is a plus!

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from Huntforit 3/27/2009 at 01:01pm

Very cool!

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from rrmont 3/27/2009 at 01:17am

Not only do they look good but it also go toward a good cause. I will be getting one.

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from Hunter4Life 3/26/2009 at 07:06pm

Very cool. Great Idea

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from jburgman 3/26/2009 at 12:49pm

Cool. I gotta get one!

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from firedon 3/29/2009 at 08:15pm

One of the coolest things i've seen lately! I'll be getting one and the donation is a plus!

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from rrmont 3/27/2009 at 01:17am

Not only do they look good but it also go toward a good cause. I will be getting one.

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from k1ll3r 4/1/2009 at 10:57am

man those things are cool and i will look into gettin one. plus the donation is very good!!

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from Hunter4Life 3/26/2009 at 07:06pm

Very cool. Great Idea

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from Huntforit 3/27/2009 at 01:01pm

Very cool!

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from ttfaulkner@msn.com 3/29/2009 at 10:13pm

This should be a part of every outdoorsman's gear. I have to get me one soon!

Travis Faulkner
Outdoor Life

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from TravisAA 4/6/2009 at 02:05pm

This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas! Pretty clever...and if I had any doubts on getting one or not, the donation they make is enough to make up my mind for me.

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from nkeylargo 4/8/2009 at 08:37am

Nice looking gear! A great gift for your spouse.

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from krysdailey 4/8/2009 at 09:07am

What a great product and an even greater thing they are doing for our service men and women!

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from jburgman 3/26/2009 at 12:49pm

Cool. I gotta get one!

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from Yoda 4/6/2009 at 05:03pm

Huh that's pretty cool, i might have to get something like that

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from davisjohnson 4/7/2009 at 02:48pm

I've ordered several and love em. Very clever and very cool. I can't wait til you can put a logo on them!!!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from sbosenbe 4/7/2009 at 03:45pm

I think this is one of the coolest products I've seen from your magazine! Love it!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from lbosenbe 4/7/2009 at 04:04pm

Very Slick - I especially love the dog collars! I'm definitely getting one for my Chessie!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from canary1952 4/8/2009 at 07:15am

Great idea -- I love mine! Functional, practical, attractive, comfortable, and carefully tailored to your individual specifications: what a treat in this "one-size-fits-all" world!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from ten-poinext 4/8/2009 at 06:17pm

What a cool idea. I am going to have to get one. Great that some of the proceeds go to a such an awsome foundation. Keep up the good work in bringing our attention to such products OL!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from literader 4/9/2009 at 08:05pm

I have several and they are great... I need a new watchband and will be getting it from SurvivalStraps... So rugged and good looking... You're missing out if you pass this up...

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from Marie Walchle 4/14/2009 at 12:32pm

Awesome products! I've purchased several and will be purchasing more. Great gifts! Thanks Survival Straps!

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from ripcurrent 4/14/2009 at 01:29pm

This is such a cool idea. I love my Survival Strap bracelet. They come in many colors, look great, and are very durable and functional. That plus the donation to The Wounded Warrior Project makes this product a great buy.

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from azlifer 4/16/2009 at 06:48pm

makes total sense.

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from cbosenbe 4/20/2009 at 08:01pm

Very original, totally practical, and a great cause to boot.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from teresahaller 5/4/2009 at 01:15pm

They look cool. I will have to get one.

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from tipsord 5/8/2009 at 12:23pm

This looks great. Will have to get one. Why didn't someone think of this sooner???

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Tom Palmer 12/4/2009 at 07:09am

After a few days' use the watch straps fit like a glove. Customer service is outstanding. Kurt will customize your order upon request - very accomodating. My watch straps and a dog collar were received within 3 week days after ordering.

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from dieancee 6/18/2010 at 11:08pm

Got two bracelets and a key fob after seeing an ad on Facebook for Firefighter Support. I love them, unique look in place of traditional bangle bracelets. The photo's don't do them any justice. The website was very user friendly and shipping was quick.

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