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Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord

by Rothco
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Price: $2.97 - $87.86
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  • Commercial paracord ideal for utility use
  • 7-strand core made to 550-pound test
  • 100-percent nylon construction
  • Made by certified US Government contractor
  • Measures 5/32 inches in diameter

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An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, the Rothco Type III commercial paracord is tough and long lasting. The cord is made of 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Measuring 5/32 inches in diameter, the paracord is manufactured in the United States by a certified US Government contractor. The paracord is available in several lengths and colors.

Product Description

Rothco's Type III 550 lb. Paracord is 100% nylon, 5/32" in diameter and has a 7 strand core. It made by a certified US Government contractor and has a 550 lb test strength.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00664KXGA
  • Item model number: ROT112
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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This is military grade paracord - good stuff!
Jenkies
I never got to test the official breaking strength, but it can at the very least hold 150lbs, which is enough for anything I'd use it for.
Jamie
Great stuff for car emergency kits, bug out bags, camping gear, around the house, etc.
Ryan C Weber

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728 of 793 people found the following review helpful By G. Urrutia on November 27, 2010
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I'll keep this short, but if you want the real military grade stuff, the nomenclature is MIL-C-5040H. MIL-C-5040 is different! Unfortunately I learned too late that many companies stock two different versions of Type III paracord. This stuff is ok, but please know it isn't the same stuff we use in the military. Real paracord has two colored strands in addition to the standard white to designate the manufacturer. The strands are also much tighter. If you receive paracord that has all white strands, then it isn't the same stuff. It's still paracord, and fine for normal use.
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204 of 224 people found the following review helpful By K. Ferriman on March 24, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 100 Feet Verified Purchase
I don't like leaving a 5 star review, as no item is perfect. That said, I gave this item 5 stars as it is exactly what it was advertised to be. When I opened the paracord (which was shipped quickly by the way) I could see the 7 strands inside. The paracord holds my weight, 240 lbs, with not problem - which is what I was looking for. You shouldn't use this to clime mountains, there is better rope for that. But, it makes for great looking and long lasting shoelaces, camping line etc. I bought it for my knife, but I have found myself using it for everything. I highly recommend keeping some in your emergency kit, your car and anywhere else you may find yourself needing it at some future point. This stuff doesn't rot, so it will be there when you need it. It may not be military grade (I can't say if it is or isn't myself), but I'm not going to be storming Iraq any time soon, so if it's not, that's okay by me.
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One of my favorite literary works is J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. If read carefully, the three books (four if you include The Hobbit), a person can pick up a great amount of wisdom. These books are simply filled with wise advice. In the first book of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, just as Fellowship is about to depart Rivendell, Sam is taking mental inventory of what he has back for their journey and contemplating what he may have forgotten:

"Rope!" he muttered. "No rope! And only last night you said to yourself: `Sam, what about a bit of rope?' You'll want it, if you haven't got it.' Well, I'll want it. I can't get it now."

I cannot tell you how many times these words of good Sam have come back to haunt me!

Well here I found part of the solution (I am still working of the ability to remember things part) with this 550lb Type III Parachord by Rothco! This is good stuff folks and the price here is extremely attractive.

This is not the cheap sort of crap you find at a lot of the dollar store places, and establishments such as that. No, this is quality rope at a very good price.

The uses of this stuff are endless and are limited only my direct necessity and imagination. I keep a package in all of our cards, some in our barns and out-buildings, in my work shop, office and it is one of the first thing that goes into my pack when hiking for camping (actually, depending upon the length of the stay, both my wife and I pack this stuff with us.

I have no way of testing whether or not this stuff actually holds up 550 pounds, but I do know I have been unable to break the stuff.
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Mark-Jason Ramesar on January 4, 2011
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This is commercial grade type III paracord and works great with the suggested light duty tasks from lanyard making to tying down tents, securing light gear (no more than 150lbs) and making fishing line etc. The sheath of this commercial parachute cord is braided from 32 strands and the core made up of seven two-ply yarns.

Military grade paracord is marked with the code "MIL-C-5040H Type III" and is usually available only in bulk (not always) and costs more. Type III 550 cord for military use must have between 7-9 core strands and they must be 3-ply each. It MUST have one or more unique colored threads in one of the cores to identify the manufacturer.
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242 of 282 people found the following review helpful By A. Salys on January 28, 2009
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 100 Feet
Bought 300' so far.....indispensable. Keep some in wife's car, truck, work truck, make lanyards outta it....tie down ANYTHING....use as boot laces(laces that will never break)...hang antennas from trees...or to tease the cats with......love this stuff....and it's the real deal...not some Chinese ripoff stuff.
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200 of 244 people found the following review helpful By JF on November 28, 2009
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The title says it all. Though it appears to be quality paracord, it broke under a 290lb load, far less than 550lb breaking strength this stuff is supposed to have. The test I conducted was a single strand looped over a shop rafter and tied into a loop at the bottom. I hung a swing apparatus from the loop and gently started resting my weight on the swing. I almost got my full weight on it, but it snapped in the middle of the strand (not anywhere near the knots I had tied). No bouncing, swinging, etc. I just gently started resting more of my weight on the swing and snapped the paracord. Good thing I've got a padded bum.
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. Cruz on April 26, 2008
This is a great product
it DOES have 7 strands in it and is very strong
it came earlier than expected, i am very satisfied with my purchase
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful By jolson on March 26, 2011
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I purchased (2) 100' rolls of this product. (1) was labeled "Rothco", this looks and feels like the real stuff.
The other roll was labeled "G.I. Plus" the same color and price, NOT the same stuff. It feels thin and flat.
Two DIFFERENT rolls.
I will buy from a military distributer in the future.
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