They’re not just for fashion, ya know.
We saw a story of a firefighter who used his paracord bracelet to fashion shoelaces, replacing the burnt laces on his boots. We have a friend who repaired a broken pack strap – not pretty, but it got him to his destination. There are many stories, many uses.
Read on and you’ll find some ways to use your bracelet. On page 2, we included a video of how to make your own paracord bracelet.
Survival is not for the fittest, it is for those who are prepared! See you on the trails!
What started a few years ago as a practical way for soldiers, firefighters, and outdoor adventurers to carry some extra 550 cord has mushroomed into a multi-million dollar business serving fashion-conscious urbanites and true wilderness aficionados alike.
Decorative wear doesn’t usually do anything. But a few years ago, Survival Straps came into the market. Standing apart from most bracelets in human history, these bracelets actually do stuff.
Paracord bracelets serve many purposes, whether unravelled or kept intact, and the hardware can come in handy, too. Here are my favorite uses for a paracord bracelet.
Setting traps can be a useful backup strategy for nourishment in a survival situation, and it frees up your time to accomplish other tasks. The cord of a Survival Strap can be deployed for snare nooses and triggers. The inner strands of cord can be used for smaller trap parts, such as the string on a Paiute Deadfall.
An intact paracord bracelet used on a wrist or lower leg, or a section of strap cord used on the larger part of a limb, can and has been used in a tourniquet to stop severe bleeding.
From sticks and branches, to rigid bark strips, there’s rarely a shortage of stiff splinting material in the wild. But strong lashing material can be hard to come by. To do a proper splinting job, you’ll need to create padding around the area to be splinted, add the stiffening supports, and tie the cord securely.
Boot Laces, Belts And Suspenders
An unravelled bracelet can serve as a quick field replacement for a broken boot lace—or a burned boot lace for that matter, as one San Diego fire fighter discovered while fighting a brush fire. And in a pinch, the cord can also make a belt or a set of suspenders to keep your britches up.
While a thick, white fishing line will rarely hook a crafty fish in clear water, you may have a chance in murky water using one of the strands in the core of a strap cord. Stink bait, a sharp hook and a strand of 550 core line might just land you a catfish or some other “non-picky” eater.
Keep critters out of your backpack, cooler, or wherever you store your food by using the shackle of your strap as a lock. I’ve been backpacking in areas where the raccoons can unzip backpacks without leaving a scratch on the bag. Using the shackle to pin two zippers together on a pack, or locking the lid on a cooler, might just give you the upper hand in thwarting these pesky bandits.
If you pull the core out of the 550 cord, then you’ll have many strands with which to perform shelter tying jobs. In the event that you don’t want to dismantle your bracelet, you could bend down a sapling tree and use the intact bracelet to clip it to the base of another tree or bush. This hoop would serve as the backbone of a quick tarp shelter. Then you can reclaim the strap when you are ready to move on.
Mend Your Gear
Buckles, shackles, 550 cord sheath, and core material can provide you with the raw materials for a multitude of repairs in the field.