Did you know, paracord was originally designed for use by paratroopers in WW2? That’s how it got its name. It was employed as a suspension line in military parachutes and intended for prolonged outdoor use, in the harshest of conditions. Even now, over 70 years later, this type of cord is a popular option for outdoor adventures – and here we look at some of the main reasons why.
Why do I need paracord for outdoor adventures?
Paracord is typically constructed from the synthetic material, nylon. This is why it’s often referred to as braided nylon cord.
Nylon is one of the strongest rope fibres available and, when woven into a tight lock-stitch braid, it creates a level of strength and sturdiness that is difficult to match. Despite this strength, it’s still very elasticated – and these two properties combined make it ideal for ‘great outdoors’ use.
Here at Ropes Direct, we currently stock braided nylon cord up to 5mm in diameter with an approximate strength of 500 kilos. It has a 16-plait braided construction and is a great piece of kit for family camping trips – perhaps helping to tow or tie down your camping equipment.
Excellent resistance to outdoor conditions
If you’re an avid camper, you’ll understand the UK weather conditions are changeable. Even if you plan to go camping in the summer, you may be faced with warm dazzling sunshine or cold, torrential rain.
This is why braided nylon cord is a good option. Built to withstand the elements, it is resistant to UV rays and chemicals. It isn’t affected by water and it’s all-round durability makes it a reliable option for continuous outdoor use. Even in the worst possible weather conditions, paracord will maintain its strength and elasticity.
A wide range of ‘makeshift’ uses
Versatility is one of the main benefits of paracord. It can be used for a wide range of unconventional uses and – when hiking up the side of the mountain or camping in the middle of nowhere – it’s surprising just how much this braided cord can come in handy.
It can be used to carry additional equipment or to repair your backpack if the straps were to snap. It can be used as a ‘quick fix’ shoelace or belt, or even as a makeshift clothesline to dry off your gear. It’s also good to have in emergency situations – perhaps helping you to climb from a steep rockface or to secure down your tent in strong winds.
The possibilities are endless. Paracord is an incredibly useful piece of rope and, if you use a little imagination, it can be used for so much more than towing and pulling – particularly during an outdoor adventure.
Contact Ropes Direct for high-quality paracord
Ropes Direct is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of braided nylon rope. As part of our cords and braids department, we currently stock paracord and braided nylon cord in a variety of sizes and lengths – all of which are made in the UK or Europe by ISO certified manufacturers and are perfect for extreme outdoor use.
Our team of experts demonstrate excellent knowledge in this area and they can offer tailored advice on the best paracord for you – whether you’re embarking on the ‘3 peak challenge’ or planning a family camping trip for the summer. So why not get in touch today? Either call us on 01692 671721 or send an email to [email protected].