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Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
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- Made in USA by a certified US Government contractor
- 5/32" diameter
- 550 lb. test
- 100% Nylon
- 50 feet
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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.
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.
Size: 50 Feet | Color: Black
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At this point I'm confident it will last a good long time, probably longer than the boots will (already a year old and I usually get 1-3 years out of them)
Its easy to cut if you have sharp scissors, then burn the end and put it out with a couple layers napkins. Make sure they are dry napkins, if you wet them it will feel much hotter than if dry.
For the price, I don;t know why anyone would buy specific boot length cut paracord when you could just buy this and have enough to probably last the rest of your life - never buy laces again!
On the other hand it is REMARKABLY useful for innumerable other things, just toss some in your car and see how long it takes to find a use for it. Put it in an emergency kit, make a bracelet that uses about 10ft of it and never be unprepared again.
And yeah, it makes some pretty damn sturdy shoelaces.
That said, there isn't anything actually wrong with this cord. As far as I can tell, it's 100% nylon. When a flame is applied, it melts, but does not catch fire or support a flame as polyester or cotton would.
I don't have the ability to accurately test it's breaking strength, but a single length with a loop at each end held my entire weight suspended from a tree branch. With clothes, shoes and the stuff in my pockets, I happen to weigh about 225 pounds. The cord stretched noticeably, but took no visible damage (besides surface abrasion from contact with the tree branch).
Based on my findings, I am willing to conclude that this paracord is worthy of household and outdoor utility use. It is ideal for bracelets, lanyards, zipper pulls, tent construction, critter snares, trip wires, boot laces...I'm gonna use some to replace the starter rope on my lawnmower. I would NOT trust this cord to the weight of a human life.
Bottom line: This is good civilian utility cord. It is NOT a military or aviation grade product. One star is deducted for being dishonestly advertised as a military/aviation grade product while it is not.
[...] and Paracord [...] both claim to sell Milspec cord and I intend to buy some from them to test all three against each other. That said 550 cord is a must have. I have 100 foot rolls in all my vehicles and all my bug out bags. I keep a roll in my tractors. I have a roll in my shop. It is the most versatile non-climbing rope I have.
I have to add an edit. My research indicates that true military cord is MIL-SPEC 504H III. Some dealers are selling MIL-SPEC 5040H and calling it milspec. Read any advertisement closely to be sure which you are getting.