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A: I always wear one 0  [0.00%]
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Generic paracord  bracelet usage survey.

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At least I never wear one is leading "what's paracord?"

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I see little use for paracord, since Amsteel is stronger and doesn't stretch when wet.  It is also lighter.

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I've long considered it a silly "tacticool" trend.

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I usually have 50' or so in my pack, so I think I'm good.
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The amount used in a bracelet is worthless IMHO to use for anything in a survifval situation. I carry 50 feet in my pack.
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Forget the cord. If you really want to wear a "survival" bracelet, make it out of 50' or so of snare wire.

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Hi...


When I see someone wearing one, I usually ask them what it is for. Most wearers I see have absolutely no idea.

More of a 'fashion' statement, I guess.
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No.  Multiple coils of your favorite cord formed into a belt make more sense.  A belt buckle or a lanyard with a whistle is as close as I ever get to wearing jewelry anyway.
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Can I chop my arm off with it?
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I usually have 50' or so in my pack, so I think I'm good.

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Just the idea of wearing a bracelet annoys me unless of course it was for eyebp.


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Interesting responses. I see people wearing them all the time at work and we sell them now and they are selling well. Plus the archery guys use it for their wrist slings for their bows. I've never worn one in the backcountry simply because I always have some in my pack. I'm wearing a pink camo one now because I think it's cute :)  However I do know that if I pulled the strands out I could use it for fishing line, set snares or keep it together and use it for a bow fire starter, string for the tent and just in general use rope. The length keeps it from being used for little else. More practical than a livestrong rubber bracelet.

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I usually have 50' or so in my pack, so I think I'm good.

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Just the idea of wearing a bracelet annoys me unless of course it was for eyebp.

What they say, except the part about EyeBP :D

I can't stand even to wear a wristwatch--it always ends up in my pocket.  I'll stick with the cord in my pack.

NOTHING goes around my neck, either.  Just can't stand it.  I seldom even wear a necklace, though I try to remember to when it's part of the uniform, so to speak :)

I kind of like the idea of cord as a belt, though it would have to be very carefully done to not be too thick and annoying under a pack--I don't think the macrame approach would work well.  Too bad, because that would actually give you enough cord to be useful.


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I've long considered it a silly "tacticool" trend.

This. And add camoflage on knife handles as another example of tacticool silliness.

Besides, I wear a watch on one wrist and a road id on the other when I'm in the woods. The useful 50 feet of paracord is in my backpack.


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When I see someone wearing one, I usually ask them what it is for. Most wearers I see have absolutely no idea.

I've been gifted two of them by non-outdoors type people.  Both were ideas their daughters got from Girl Scouts / Church camp and they made a bunch.  

They are both somewhere in a kitchen drawer.  If I was smart, I might at least keep it in my car for something, but I tend to carry rope for food hangs or clotheslines already.


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I don't  wear one but occasional I have it clipped to my pack.  Made my own and ones with different weaves just to see how much cord can be stuffed into one.  It is a beeotch getting close to 20' of cord in one without it becoming too bulky.  The one I currently have that is still intact holds about 18' of cord.
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Nope, don't wear one. Seems silly to me. Besides, I am like RebeccaD - I don't wear anything on my wrists. Makes me crazy! I don't wear watches or braclets, none of that for me!

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Another person with 50 feet or so in my pack.  All the work going into making one of those stupid bracelets would negate wanting to untie it.

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"tacticool" is a good word for it.  I was given one by my sister-in-law a couple Christmases ago.  I don't wear it.  If I carry it, I clip it to my pack somewhere.

I wouldn't say she's non-outdoorsy, but she doesn't have much for practical outdoors skills.  she's a gun nut, but only goes to the target range...she doesn't hunt, and she plays paintball.  that's about the extent of it.


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I have even seen ones with a handcuff key as part of the plastic clasp. Now everyone knows that a handcuff key is crucial in a survival situation. Isn't it also mandatory to carry a 9" survival knife along with your survival bracelet???

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I think the idea of a bracelet is that you will always have it in case of an emergency.  I don't think it was intended to replace gear in your pack.

But this brings up an interesting side question, which may need its own thread, what good is gear if you get separated from it?  What if your pack or part of your gear gets dropped down a ravine, swept away in a river, or for whatever reason gets separated from you?  I think Cody Lundin advocates wearing a pouch or something with your survival gear which should never be separated from your person, even when sleeping, bathing, crapping, etc.  It is basic stuff but what he considers the absolute minumum.  I am going on memory of an article in Backpacker mag I read, so it might be another person.  Anyway, the idea is to not pack emergency gear in your pack but to keep it on you all the time.

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PS:  Found the Cody Lundin article.  I guess I still have a few brain cells firing, because this article was from September 1999.  hahaha


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Made them for the boys...don't have one for me yet.  But I have no delusions about "saving my life" with 10' of cord.

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I think the idea of a bracelet is that you will always have it in case of an emergency.  I don't think it was intended to replace gear in your pack.

But this brings up an interesting side question, which may need its own thread, what good is gear if you get separated from it?  What if your pack or part of your gear gets dropped down a ravine, swept away in a river, or for whatever reason gets separated from you?  I think Cody Lundin advocates wearing a pouch or something with your survival gear which should never be separated from your person, even when sleeping, bathing, crapping, etc.  It is basic stuff but what he considers the absolute minumum.  I am going on memory of an article in Backpacker mag I read, so it might be another person.  Anyway, the idea is to not pack emergency gear in your pack but to keep it on you all the time.

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PS:  Found the Cody Lundin article.  I guess I still have a few brain cells firing, because this article was from September 1999.  hahaha

That's a good article.  Thanks.

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I have even seen ones with a handcuff key as part of the plastic clasp. Now everyone knows that a handcuff key is crucial in a survival situation. Isn't it also mandatory to carry a 9" survival knife along with your survival bracelet???

Every so often we will get a rookie right out of the academy wearing one of those.  Being a Sergeant, I don't mock them for it, but their co-workers tend to be less kind than I am.

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Good point, Rumi.  I keep some essentials in my camera bag, which goes with me most places (not always to the loo, though!).  Probably not enough, though a whistle is a good place to start--and that I'm working on getting everyone to transfer to a secure pocket.

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... a whistle is a good place to start--and that I'm working on getting everyone to transfer to a secure pocket.

I cannot emphasize enough, how important it is that children have a whistle at all times when in the backcountry.  I "forced" my boys to wear a whisle on a lanyard at all times, even in their sleeping bag.  I made them practice blowing a signal as well.  I could not live with myself if they had become lost going to the cathole or just exploring around.  With kids there is just too much  opportunity for them to get lost.  I carry a whistle all the time now as well.

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Very cool article with Cody. I've never really thought about carrying a survival bag outside of my pack. My survival bag is inside my pack, which I now think it's time to change that. Which makes me wonder what type of bag to use that works with the waist belt on my pack.

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But this brings up an interesting side question, which may need its own thread, what good is gear if you get separated from it?  What if your pack or part of your gear gets dropped down a ravine, swept away in a river, or for whatever reason gets separated from you?

Excellent questions. I always carry a knife and a lighter in my pockets. Not the ideal survival kit, but it ought to bring me through most nights.

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I've got a small whistle attached to my stuff sack with my ti trowel and TP in it. along with a small led light.
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