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April 20, 2012
Gear Test: Survival Straps Paracord Bracelets - 4

Maybe you are starting to see paracord bracelets as often as I see them. This creative cordage storage option has been around for a while, but it really seems to be catching on recently. And with good reason. These bracelets are a handsome looking excuse to carry a piece of Military Spec 550 cord everywhere we go, making it a great every day carry item.

But that wasn’t good enough for the Florida based Survival Straps company, who have devised a way to sweeten the deal, and provide you with something the competition and the homemade bracelets don’t deliver -- a brand new replacement in the event that you use the Survival Strap in an emergency. That’s right, use their bracelet to get out of a jam; send in the story with 5 bucks for shipping; and they’ll send you a replacement Survival Strap.

Let’s tear one to pieces, and see what makes it tick...

The freshly woven, American made Survival Strap was very stiff right out of the package, as most of these bracelets are. But after a brief “breaking in” period, the Strap was as flexible as a normal watchband. The stainless steel shackle has three holes in it, which allows you to adjust the fit. If the bracelet is still too big, you can soak it in water for 5 minutes and then let it dry for one day. Repeat this again on the second day, and the strap should have lost ¼ inch.

I’m always very cautious about heavy duty survival necklaces and bracelets, which could hang up on something if you were falling, or get snagged underwater and hold you there. Imagine the headlines in the local paper, “Survival gear kills owner”. Dreadful irony. But the Survival Strap makers have thought that problem through, and come up with a smart solution. Each of their Straps includes a plastic, break-away pin which can replace the stainless steel pin holding the bracelet together. Screwing in the plastic pin will allow you to break free if you ever get hung up.

What about using the cord? Of course I had to tear one apart. I was hoping for a knife free teardown, but I did have to bring out the blade at the end of the 93 second unraveling process. The melted end of the cord wouldn’t fit through the hole in the shackle, so I had to clip off the swollen end of the cord. Upon cutting the end of the cord, the seven inner strands were plain to see. The most surprising part of the operation was the length of cord. I was expecting about five feet of paracord, but instead, I received just over 9 feet of cord. It’s amazing to think that so much cord was woven into such a little item. No wonder the Strap was initially stiff -- it was stuffed to the gills.

Still not convinced? Maybe this will soften your disposition. The Survival Straps company is partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project, and they raised $302,000 for WWP in 2011. Survival Straps has a goal of raising 1 million in 2012. At the time of writing this, they have raised $462,329. Great gear, great cause. No complaints out of me. Visit them at www.survivalstraps.com.

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from Tanis01 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I like the weave pattern on the pictured bracelets. No wonder they contain so much cord! I'd love to learn to weave these styles as I have not progressed past the Cobra pattern yet.

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from Yoda wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

It literally costs less than a dollar to make one of those without shackles. I have a bunch of them, attach them to some of my hunting/fishing gear bags, and nalgene bottles.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

If i come across one that will fit around my wrist, i'll buy it.
As for getting hung up- sure, the plastic break-away pin is a good idea, but if you're a true outdoorsman, you'll have a sharp knife with you to solve that problem.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Hi...

Great idea for a GREAT cause...!!

Whenever I see someone wearing one of those survival bracelets, I always ask them about it. Most replies were that "they liked it", but they had NO knowledge of any other uses for it...!!

Any outdoorsman, however, can probably think of many uses for it in a survival (or other) situation.

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from Yoda wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

It literally costs less than a dollar to make one of those without shackles. I have a bunch of them, attach them to some of my hunting/fishing gear bags, and nalgene bottles.

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from Bob Hansen wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Hi...

Great idea for a GREAT cause...!!

Whenever I see someone wearing one of those survival bracelets, I always ask them about it. Most replies were that "they liked it", but they had NO knowledge of any other uses for it...!!

Any outdoorsman, however, can probably think of many uses for it in a survival (or other) situation.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

If i come across one that will fit around my wrist, i'll buy it.
As for getting hung up- sure, the plastic break-away pin is a good idea, but if you're a true outdoorsman, you'll have a sharp knife with you to solve that problem.

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from Tanis01 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

I like the weave pattern on the pictured bracelets. No wonder they contain so much cord! I'd love to learn to weave these styles as I have not progressed past the Cobra pattern yet.

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