Paracord

Originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes, paracord now boasts a range of uses thanks to its lightweight, yet sturdy construction! At OnBuy, you can discover a wide selection of paracord in many different thicknesses, lengths, and colours to suit your purposes. From using on your next camping expedition, to making jewellery, paracord is a fantastic general purpose utility cord that always comes in handy.

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About Paracord

During the Second World War, this kind of utility cord was used by American paratroopers to make parachutes. After landing, the cord would be cut from the parachute and used for a wide variety of applications to make the most of the rope, hence the similar-sounding name. Due to the popularity of paracord, it can be picked up in a huge number of variations. Woven from either polyester or nylon, paracord-users can choose from a selection of different thicknesses, colours, and lengths for their activity.

What are the different types of paracord?

As paracord is so widely used today, sourcing a specific variety is a cinch no matter where you choose to shop. Found online as well as in your local craft and camping stores, the most sought-after type of paracord is Type III 550. This standard type of paracord is surrounded by alternative variations including Type V - 1250, Type IV 750, Type II - 425, Type I - 100, and Micro - 90. The 'Type' refers to the thickness of the paracord, while the following number refers to the breaking load in pounds (as an American creation). If you're not au fait with these terms, the breaking load simply means the amount of stress or tension that's required to break something - usually used when describing sports or exercise equipment. 

As a result, Type V paracord is the thickest kind of utility cord that you can purchase, providing an impressive 1250lb breaking load, while Type IV and Type III paracord falls just under this with a respective breaking load of 750lbs and 550lbs. For more elegant knotwork, thinner paracord is much better employ, such as the Type II parachute cord. Type I or Micro paracord are often used as accessory cord, so bear this in mind when you're scrolling through our vast online selection of paracord. If you come across any paracord labelled as "Milspec Paracord" means the general purpose cord is made to strict U.S. Military specifications and is perfect for using when creating knots for outdoor sports.

What can you use paracord for?

The most popular kind of paracord, Type III paracord, (also known as 550 paracord) has a breaking load of 550lbs and can be used for a range of applications while out in the wilderness. Suitable for everything from creating a paracord trap and fishing, to building a shelter and sparking up a toasty fire, paracord and a handy survival knife can be (literally!) a real life-saver when you're lost outdoors. As a result, paracord, just like a reliable water storage solution or container, is a must-have addition to the backpack of any outdoor explorer, camper, or hiker that loves exploring away from the beaten path. So, why not delve into our full collection of paracord cord creations and discover the perfect general purpose utility rope for all your outdoor activities?

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