Paracord Survival Bracelets: Different Uses for a Paracord Bracelet

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Paracord survival bracelets are excellent tools for survival purposes.  They come in hundreds of different colors and sizes and are very popular.  This excellent article discusses the different uses of a paracord bracelet for survival.

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Paracord can withstand 550 pounds of pressure but is a lightweight cord. You can use paracord for a variety of uses such as tying things down to the roof of your car, attaching things together or use it for pulling other items.

Military and law enforcement have used paracord for these and other reasons. It is considered a useful survival tool that can be helpful when you need it. A paracord survival bracelet enables you to carry several feet of parachute cord easily, which can be used in an emergency. It is ideal for camping, boating, hunting, hiking, and much more. The cord can be used for anything requiring great strength & durability. However, you can’t use it if you don’t have it. That is where the paracord bracelet comes in.

By taking three equal lengths of paracord rope and braiding them in such a way, you can take several feet of paracord along with you without taking up a lot of space. If you find yourself in a situation that you need to use it, you can unravel your paracord bracelet and use it. It’s that easy to use. However, you will not be able to re-braid your bracelet without knowing how so make sure you use your paracord bracelet when you need it most (see www.amberjcabrera for more detailed information on paracord bracelets). Some uses for your paracord bracelet can include:

  • Tying down a tent
  • Clothesline
  • Bootlaces
  • Boating cord
  • Making a fire
  • Bow string
  • Dog leash
  • Securing shelter
  • Starting a fire
  • Tourniquet
  • Marking a trail
  • Bottle holder
  • Zipper pulls
  • Dental floss
  • Sewing fabric
  • Securing a makeshift arrow to a spear
  • Hanging food in a bear safe tree
  • Repairing a strap on a kayak
  • Setting up fish nets snares/traps
  • Fishing line
  • Repairing a backpack
  • Fastening a first aid bandage

With so many things you can use a paracord bracelet for, it’s a good idea to get a few for yourself

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Get yourself a paracord survival bracelet and be ready for anything!  What uses can you think of for a paracord bracelet?

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Paracord Laces – Another Reason to Carry Cordage

Paracord Laces

Paracord laces are another reason to carry paracord bracelets with you. If you’ve ever been out on the field, or in the wilderness, away from society and convenience stores — and you break a shoe lace — you know how disconcerting that can be. If you had a paracord bracelet with you though, you could quickly make a new pair of shoe laces and be on your way.

Paracord Laces

Of the many survival situations that one thinks of, broken shoelaces probably isn’t very high on the list. It should be, though. Good laces go hand in hand with good shoes. Don’t believe me? Try hiking all day in your favourite shoes or boots, but with  broken laces!
The risk of breaking a lace on the trail should be just one more reason to bring along some kind of cordage on your next hike.
About a month and a half ago, while I was tightening up my Treksta Assault hiking boots, the lace broke. No problem. I managed to repair it with two knots and I was up and running.
Fast-forward to last Friday. My wife called me to let me know the 4×4 had lodged itself wheel-deep in a roadside problem, so I quickly sprang into my boots. Unfortunately, I sprung too hard and broke the lace a second time. Sadly, it couldn’t be fixed and I had to retire my boots until a replacement lace could be found–except, I couldn’t find one.
As I puzzled over solutions, I asked myself the question: what would I have done if this had happened on a hiking trip? The answer was clear: paracord (Yet another use! It really is the hiker’s cure-all, like duct tape).
I always bring paracord along with me on a hike. Proper military grade paracord can support 550 lbs of weight and is very versatile. I use it for a lot of projects. In this case, my Olive drab paracord would have to serve as new laces for my hiking boots. It was a straight-forward project and easy do do.
All I needed was: paracord, a knife and lighter.
I started by pulling out my good lace and measuring out a length of paracord against it. Then, with my knife I cut off the length of paracord.
Next, I took the lighter and melted each of the ends of paracord down by running the flame up and down the last half of inch of it. Using the lighter, I shaped it the tip into a point that would fit through the laces.
Then, I simply laced the Paracord through the eyes of the shoe. The end result was very satisfying. They look decent enough to wear around town, they are much stronger than my previous laces, and in an emergency I can sacrifice them or at least part of them to gain a lot of good cordage.
If you are interested in buying a paracord bracelet, check out our article on what to look for when buying a paracord bracelet.

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There you have it, paracord laces — another reason to carry cordage.  What do you use paracord for?  Let us know.

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Paracord Bracelets Look Good — Unravel for Function

Paracord Bracelet for Survival

Paracord bracelets look great, and they are great to have for practical reasons. Also called “survival bracelets,” a paracord bracelet can be unravelled for function.  This article explains what I mean and underlines the fact that you should have at least one paracord bracelet with you at all times.

When you want to buy a paracord bracelet, be sure to read our article on what to look for when buying a paracord bracelet.

Paracord Bracelet for Survival

The paracord bracelet is 10 to 14 feet of tightly woven, military-quality, nylon parachute cord that can be unraveled to assist the wearer out of a jam. It’s popular now as a craft, especially among men and boys.

Kurt Walchle, who says he invented the bracelets, can click off a dozen stories about how they have helped their wearers, from repairing a broken shoe to providing a life-saving tourniquet.

It began more than seven years ago with a broken watchband, which Walchle fixed using paracord. The woven band got him some attention in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., so he started making watchbands, then bracelets, and selling them on eBay.

What began as a two-person operation using the only two available paracord colors — black and olive drab — has grown into Survival Straps, a company selling the bracelets in hundreds of color combinations online and in stores such as Bass Pro Shops. “We were able to get a company to start dying it in different colors for us,” Walchle explains.

There also are a lot of knock-off bracelets, and instructions for making them– and necklaces and key chains — on sites such as Some come in sports-team and college colors. Pink bracelets promote breast cancer awareness.

“I originally envisioned this whole thing as a great outdoor product that’s stylish and can help you out in an emergency,” says Walchle, adding that most customers now seem to be buying the bracelets because they’re fashionable.

Yet the stories that customers post to the Survival Straps website provide testimony to their utility. Walchle’s favorite story is that of a U.S. soldier in Iraq named “James” who says he staunched a bleeding leg wound with his bracelet.

“He credited us — our product — for bringing him home from war,” says Walchle. “That blew me away. Now (this business is) serious. It helped save a soldier’s life.”

You can also use paracord bracelets for shoe laces.

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How to Buy a Paracord Bracelet

Paracord Bracelet Designs

Paracord bracelet designs are many and varied.  Those with a good eye for patterns and colors are the best paracord bracelet designers.  There are a few basic things to consider when looking for a design you’ll love and be pround to wear.  This article explains these basic components that make up a good paracord bracelet design.

1) Purpose

What’s the primary purpose of wearing your paracord bracelet?  Is it to make a fashion statement, or is it strictly for survival?  Every paracord bracelet can be purposed as a survival bracelet, but not all can be presented as fashionable.   Decide which of these two purposes you want to emphasize as you decide which paracord bracelet to buy.

2) Color

Next consider your favorite colors.  Your task is to choose one color you absolutely love or two or more colors that contrast each other.  Consider the clothing you’ll be wearing with your paracord bracelet.  You want colors that compliment and contrast one another, not colors that conflict.  Color says everything about you and also influences your mood and the mood of others around you.  Pick your colors carefully.

3) Weave Pattern

The weavee pattern of the bracelet affects the overall design dramatically.  There are many different weave patterns available, so be sure to have a look at them to decide those you like best.

One of the most popular weave patterns is the cobra weave. Other weave types include the standard over/under weave, the basket weave, the twill weave, and the satin weave. A future article will cover weave patterns in greater detail.  For now, as you look at bracelets you’d potentially wear, consider which of the weave patterns you see are most appealing to you.

You may want to make sure the pattern you select doesn’t switch it’s weave order it as it will make the pattern look disjointed.

4) Buckle Type and Design

Next, you’ll want to consider the type of buckle you want.  There are simple plastic clasp-type buttons and there are more attractive metal and stainless steel buckles. Some have fantastic designs, others have precious stones, and many have emblems of one kind or another.

For many people, the buckle design weighs more heavily than the other aspects of the paracord bracelet design.  have a look at these and see what I mean.

Paracord Bracelet with Design Buckle

The owner of this bracelet is obviously a Pittsburg Steeler’s fan!  You could have any type of logo or image you want in a buckle like this one.

Here’s another example.

Paracord Bracelet with a different buckle design

If you want to make a fashion statement with your paracord bracelet, be sure to buy one with a fancy buckle like this one.

3) Size

Finally, size to many is everything.  Most paracord bracelets are the width shown above, but you can get extra-wide bracelets like the one shown below.

Wide Paracord Bracelet


Now that you’ve considered everything about your new paracord bracelet, go buy one!  There are many good designs available, and you are sure to find several that fit your wardrobe and lifestyle.  They are inexpensive so you could buy several to match your different clothes and moods.  Now go buy some!

Did you know that you can use paracord for other things besides bracelets?  You can use them for strong shoe laces.

You can also unravel paracord bracelets for survival purposes.

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