- Item Weight: 4.4 pounds
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- ASIN: B002HJ1CK4
- Item model number: 304
- Average Customer Review: 270 customer reviews
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1000 Foot Black Parachute Cord Paracord Type III Military Specification 550
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- Color: Black
- 7 Strand Cordura Nylon | 550 Type III Parachute Cord (Paracord)
- Strength: 550-650 lbs
- Length: 1000 Feet
- MADE IN THE USA! US MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS!
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The product featured here is the 1000 foot spool of black parachute cord, direct from the manufacturer. This is the exact type of cord that is sold to the US Military for non-critical missions, where reliability is a must. The paracord advertised here is not a cheap imitation, it is the real thing! Because individual strands of 550 paracord can be easily removed and combined into your own configurations, this small rope can be put to a wide variety of survival uses. As a general purpose utility cord 550 can be used for: Ridge lines for Tarps Securing Equipment Shoelaces Hanging Food from Bears Vehicle Tie Downs Sewing Fabric Repairing Equipment Making a Fire Bow Fishing Line Paracord String for a Bow Making a Shelter Fish Gill Nets Fishing Line Animal Snares Clothes Lines Paracord Lanyards Anchor Line Binding Twine Animal Restraints Tooth Floss Splints Tourniquet Paracord Braiding Other Paracord Crafts From setting up a tarp to paracord braiding, no survival kit is complete without a long hank of paracord. This strong cordage is the survival experts friend.
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This order came from "Love It Enterprises, LLC" and was fulfilled by Amazon, so I'm not entirely sure who is responsible for what, but in reading previous reviews I had high hopes that Love it Enterprises would be a good supplier. This was not the case in my particular order.
Upon inspecting the item I received, I immediately noticed the cord felt thiner then what I am accustomed to handling as a former US Paratrooper. I also noticed the inner gut cores seemed unevenly twisted resulting in the outer nylon jacket having an uneven feel, reeking of poor quality control.
The irrefutable evidence that this is not Type III, 550 parachute cord are the gut inner cores. While there are 7 inner strands, the strands have only two twisted fiber pair and not three as they should be for Type III cord. Two twisted strands would indicate commercial cord and would also account why the diameter was smaller then what I'm accustomed to handling.
I don't know if it's deceptive marketing or if it's a lack of knowledge as to why so many sellers seem to offer products for sale other then what they actually are selling, but as a consumer I find it very frustrating.
Update 28 May 2014: I placed another order this time with OutdoorBunker and the item I received this time also was NOT milspec type III 550 Paracord, it was commercial type Paracord. Don't be fooled or misled by the cord just because it that has 7 inner strands. If those inner strands are made up of two twisted strands, that is commercial type Paracord with no standardized manufacturing specifications and probably only has a working load rating of around 350 lbs., but because commercial cord has no standardization, who knows really what the working load capacity is.
Type III milspec Paracord has a standard of 7 or more inner strands that are each made up of three twisted strands having a minimum working load rating of 550 lbs., which is why parachute cord is commonly referred to as 550 cord.
Suppliers need to STOP misrepresenting the products they are selling. If your selling "commercial type" Paracord, represent it as just that, leave out any words like "550", "milspec (military specification)", "Type III", "Type 3" or "parachute". Including those words in any commercial Paracord type offering is either a sign of ignorance or a nefarious misrepresentation preying on less informed end users.
The item i ordered (sold by Love It Enterprises), is a 1000 ft spool of black 550 cord. It is made of a black woven outer sheath and 7 2-ply inner strands (white) along with 3 single strands (2 white, 1 orange). While I do not think this is the same item that is actually used on parachute rigging, it does appear to be "paracord" in the more pedestrian sense. I have not yet tested its pull strength (and probably won't because I do not have the proper equipment), but feel confident that it will hold up well in any situation where I plan to use it (camping, lashing, etc.). I do NOT plan to use it where any safety related issues might arise, such as parachute rigging, rock climbing, etc.
In short, if you are looking for decently priced utility cord, I would recommend this. That being said, going by other reviews, the seller from which you buy may have something to do with what you get.