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Paracord Explained

What is Paracord & Why Is It So Awesome?

Paracord originated in World War II as (you guessed it) … the suspension cord that paratroopers used in their parachutes. Parachute cord (aka paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon rope with multiple layers of cord and nylon string that can hold up to 550 lbs. of weight. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. Despite the historic association of paracord with airborne military units, virtually all US military branches and units have access to the cord because of its many uses. After the military authorized its use by the general public, outdoor enthusiasts around the world quickly realized the versatility and of the paracord. In more recent times, 550 paracord was even used by astronauts during the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1997!



The uses for paracord are endless (seriously, this stuff is used in space!) and include but are not limited to:

  • attaching your water bottles, climbing shoes, fly reels, etc. to your  backpack, harnesses or vest.
  • keeping important and/or small objects close and secure
  • replace a broken shoelace on your hiking boots
  • attach your cooler full of frosty beverages to your intertubes as you casually float down the river
  • tie around the arms of your sunglasses & hang them around your neck
  • tying down skis and such to vehicle racks
  • securing the bag from your box of wine to a tree branch for easy sippin’
  • makeshift lasso for practicing your ropin’ skills on the dog
  • use the inner thread for fishing line
  • make a clothesline to dry wet outdoor clothes
  • use the inner thread to make a snare trap (just don’t use it on squirrels if at all possible, we dig squirrels)
  • more


And now for a note for the legal department: The above are just some of the uses for Rugged Apparel premium paracord gear. While we do like to have fun with our gear and are fully confident our products are of impeccable quality, some of the above suggestions require advanced survival skill and more than 20 feet of paracord. If you get injured while attempting one of the said ways to use paracord we are in no way responsible as these are merely tips and suggestions for life in the wild!