Paracord Bracelet Unravels to ‘Mini Rope’ for Outdoors


“Wear it, unravel it, survive!” That’s the somewhat melodramatic but highly illustrative tagline for Survival Straps’ namesake product, a bracelet made of paracord that can be untied and unfurled in the outdoors in a time of need.

Survival Straps is an operation based in Florida, and its workers weave a high-strength cord — “550 test military spec paracord,” as the company touts — into a variety of bracelet types.

Small bracelet unravels to high-strength, 16-foot mini rope

This month, I have been wearing the Regular Survival Bracelet model, which costs about $25. It is an inch wide and it looks like a bulky watch band on the arm.

It clasps closed with a stainless steel shackle. The company includes two types of pins, one steel and one plastic, to lock the shackle in place. The plastic pin will break away and release the bracelet if your hand gets caught up on an object descending a mountain or moving through the woods.

Stainless steel shackle offers a solid lock on the wrist

The Regular Survival Bracelet model comes in multiple sizes and color choices. You can pick the paracord colors online to make a custom design.

The functional side of the design comes when you remove the shackle and unravel the cord. Whether you need to tie down a tent, sling an injured arm, or replace a boot lace, the bracelet cord can do the trick. You get about 16 feet of it from a Survival Straps bracelet.

Custom color options for paracord bracelet designs

Men’s, women’s and kid’s models are included in the Survival Straps line. Necklaces, watch bands, sunglasses straps, belts, and rifle slings — all made of paracord! — are other items the company sells.

Bonus: Survival Straps has an “if you use it, we replace it” policy. That means if ever you come into an emergency situation and have to unravel the bracelet, the company will send you a new one. A photo and a descriptive “survival story” is required for the replacement of the paracord band.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of Connect with Regenold at or on Twitter via @TheGearJunkie.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.