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550 Paracord Type 3

550 paracord type 3 was selected by the military for parachute usage. It is rated to hold 550 pounds and is highly favored for outdoor situations. We consider it one of the highest priority outdoor essentials and it should be a part of day packs and other trail supplies

Consider using it for shelters, lashing tools and furniture, first aid, stowing gear and more. 

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Trail Purpose

Milspec paracord is used a lot in outdoor situations. This cord is 550 type 3 military-grade paracord and we recommend adding it to all day packs, backpacks and vehicle kits.

This military grade paracord is versatile with these possible Uses:

  • Rigging Parachutes
  • Lashing
  • Shelter Construction
  • Traps
  • Snares
  • Rigging
  • Trot Lines
  • Gill Nets
  • Braids
  • Wraps
  • Slings
  • etc.

At minimum you should carry 50 feet. Many outdoorsmen will store hundreds of feet just in case.

What We Like

  • Reliability - Milspec 550 paracord must be certified to be classified as type 3. You can count on its strength for any trail job.
  • Versatility - Paracord can be used in so many ways to stay alive or stay comfortable.
  • Strength - Each strand of cord can handle 550 lbs of weight. For the weight and cost it's a great value.
  • Cost - At around $10 per 50 feet (or better for longer lengths) you can invest in a lot of it.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Training - Learn a few knots and lashings - better to learn before you need it.
  • Sunlight - Direct sunlight is the kryptonite of paracord
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