The popularity of paracord has to do with the fact that you can use it for so many different purposes
Fulton, NY (PRWEB) August 2, 2010
Camping Survival.com has announced that paracord has become one of its top five best selling items, joining colloidal silver, MRE, water purification tablets, and survival food tabs as the most requested items from the wilderness supply retailer.
"The popularity of paracord has to do with the fact that you can use it for so many different purposes," said Tom Sciacca, president of CampingSurvival.com. "Plus, it's incredibly strong. In fact, our military uses and trusts paracord for a variety of purposes."
Paracord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic, which Sciacca noted can make it better for some uses, but less effective for others. When circumstances require it, however, the product has proven to be an indispensable asset.
"People are keeping paracord among their essential items to take on a wilderness adventure or any other excursion in the field," he said. "It's good for camping, tent lines, boating, halyard lines and a hundred other uses."
And because the Mil Spec 550 paracord is made to Mil-C-5040 specifications (7-strand core), the removable inner strands that can be used for fishing line, sewing thread, tripwire, nets, traps and other emergency and survival situations. Other benefits are that the nylon cord dries quickly and is mildew resistant. And despite being just 1/8 inch in diameter, the Mil Spec 550 paracord is rated for 550 lbs.
Sciacca recommended that people should always keep a generous length of paracord in their emergency kits and "go bags," in the event of an emergency. Should a natural disaster strike, a family that must either hunker down or evacuate quickly will be thankful to have a strong, versatile item like paracord close at hand, he said.
"Preferably, your household has both an emergency kit and a 'go bag,' because they serve different purposes," he explained. "A go bag is made to help an individual or a family escape quickly and contains essential items pre-packed so you can evacuate from an oncoming storm or man made threat to your area. An emergency kit or urban survival kit, on the other hand, can sustain an individual or family for long periods in one place, without electricity or water. Emergency kits contain MRE (meals ready to eat), first aid kits and water purification, for when municipal filtration systems are knocked out by power outages. It's during those times that stores get overrun with customers seeking bottled water."
Sciacca, a former Marine and veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, launched CampingSurvival.com in 2002, and quickly earned a reputation as an online authority on camping and wilderness survival gear, creating a loyal following of customers.
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