Paracord simply refers to parachute cord, a very strong material that is mostly used in the U.S. military for numerous applications, including parachutes. It is extremely versatile and its ability to perform many tasks has drawn the attention of many outdoor enthusiasts. One can use it to secure a heavy load, lash poles together, or serve as a rescue line. One way of having such a tool around at all times is by wearing a paracord belt.
Most people wear these belts as a fashion item, since they come in different colors and braiding patterns that create a unique rugged appeal. The cord is also used to make other fashion items like bracelets, anklets or even dog collars and many more. However, there are many other practical applications of paracord as described below.
Hikers and backpackers will find paracord to be a great accessory item. Because it is very lightweight, it does not appreciably add to the weight that must be carried, plus they can take advantage of its strength and versatility to handle different tasks with it. In addition, belts can be worn and therefore do not require any extra space to be carried.
It is also worth noting that many paracord belts come with an underlying strap. In an emergency, this strap can remain around one's waist as the paracord is unraveled so one's pants don't become loose. Whether making it yourself or buying, you may want to ensure your belt incorporates this inner strap as it will prove very useful for people who do not want to leave their pants hanging.
It does not take a lot of time to unravel these a paracord belt. When you need to use it, just remove the buckle and pull on one end of the strand. If this proves difficult, just cut the strand off as time is very important in an emergency. One can easily weave the strand back into a belt once through with it.
A person looking for a paracord belt has many options. People do often buy the parachute cord itself and prepare handmade belts directly from the material. However, woven belts are also available both locally and in online stores in different designs and colors. The good news is that even after buying, it is possible to customize a belt to fit a desired look.
A paracord belt has become a popular item compared to other items made of this material. Unlike items like bracelets, almost everyone wears belts, which makes them more appropriate as a survival tool. In addition, belts are long, making them much more suitable for life-saving and other important outdoor tasks compared with shorter paracord accessory items.