Different Ways to Use a Survival Bracelet

Paracord bracelets are quickly becoming a fashion trend. What was once used as a supplementary survival item by firefighters and servicemen, these bracelets are now a must have for outdoor adventurers. If you don’t own one, you might be wondering how a bracelet made of parachute cord could have gotten so popular. Here are ways you can make full use of a paracord bracelet in the wild:

Outdoor Weapon

If you are lost and food is not something you can access by swiping your credit card, unravel your bracelet to create a bow and arrow which you can use to hunt furry little creatures. By using a sharp knife and a flexible yet hardy twig, you can build your own bow. For arrows, gather many pieces of tree shoots and scavenge for bird feathers.

Set up Traps

If your aim is not that great, maybe your patience is. Another way to catch your breakfast in the wilderness is to set up a trap. Use a section of your bracelet for triggers and snare nooses. Furthermore, the inner strands of the strap can be used as the string of a Paiute Deadfall.

After the trap is set up, you can focus on other productive activities that will keep you alive while you wait.

Not Your Ideal Fishing Expedition

It may take a while before your trap catches something so in the meantime, use another part of the 550 cord for fishing. By attaching a sharp hook and bait into a strand of the bracelet, you just might have a chance of grilling seafood for dinner.

Bow-and-drill Friction Fire

As soon as the sun sets, getting a fire going is very important whether you have something for dinner or not. Aside from keeping you warm, fire can be the only thing standing between you and a starving predator.

Twist two strands of cord around each other to create your bowstring, and gather dry softwoods as your drill and board to get a fire roaring in no time.

Tourniquet

In the great outdoors, the elements increase your chance of obtaining an injury. In case of an open wound, use a section of your bracelet as a tourniquet and strap it on the wrist or leg of the injured person to control severe bleeding.

Shelter

If you do not want to spend the night sleeping on a tree branch, you can make use of your 550 cord to quickly set up a shelter. Gather branches and long leaves and lash them together using a part of your bracelet. Having 15-20 feet of cord will insure that you do not have to worry about the size of your humble abode. You can reclaim the cord when morning comes and you are ready to move on.

Summary

What was once used as a practical method to carry supplementary cord by soldiers and firefighters, paracord bracelets are now being used by countless outdoor adventurers. By using different parts of the strap to create improvised equipment for food, shelter, and emergency situations, a 550 cord can be the difference between life and death.

Survival Straps Flag Collection

We’re excited to introduce our new Flag Collection featuring six different countries and their flags. You can now buy your Survival Straps® gear emblazoned with the Australian, British, Canadian, German, Irish or Italian flag.

flagsWe are not only extremely proud to be United States of America citizens but also deeply appreciative of our own individual and unique backgrounds. This melting pot of cultures is what makes America so great. Celebrate your heritage with a Britain Survival Bracelet™, Ireland key fob or Italian gear tag to mark your luggage while traveling, or ring in jolly Oktoberfest in style with our German Flag collection. Celebrate what makes you and your family uniquely, well, you!

Buy your Survival Straps Flag Collection, here.

Celebrate Wounded Warrior Project’s Decade of Service

At Survival Straps, we respect and acknowledge the enormous sacrifices made by our military men and women. Many of these service members return home from war with both physical and mental injuries including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or combat stress. We’re proud to support an organization that is committed to honoring and empowering this generation of wounded service members and help them successfully adjust back to life at home.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) began 10 years ago when several veterans and friends, moved by the stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. Today, WWP serves tens of thousands of wounded servicemen and women and families with programs and services providing engagement opportunities, physical and mental health support, and economic empowerment.

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In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of WWP, Survival Straps® is honored to further the mission with custom WWP Survival Straps products and a commemorative 10-year bracelet and key fob.

To get involved and learn more about WWP and their decade of service and lifetime commitment to injured service members and their families, please visit WWP10.org.

Purchase your Wounded Warrior Project Survival Straps gear, here.

Survival Straps Mossy Oak Collection

Survival Straps® is fired up to launch the Mossy Oak® collection which is designed to fit the lifestyle of hunters and avid outdoorsmen. Each Survival Bracelet™ and Mossy Oak accessory including key fobs and necklaces are made with super strong 550 military issue paracord. In a pinch or an emergency situation, Survival Straps products can be unraveled and used as cordage for tying down a trophy buck to a 4-wheeler, storing gear from a tree branch, fixing a broken binocular strap or even as a tourniquet.

Mossy OakIf you do use it, send us your story, and we send you a new one for free. All Survival Straps® products are made in America and help to support our men and women in uniform. You can get them by visiting our website, here.

Survival Straps: What Sets Us Apart

Recently, a Survival Straps® customer shared this photo he took at a hardware store of a bracelet that closely resembles our Survival Bracelets™.

Imitation ProductsTommy wrote: “It’s a Survival Strap LOOKING item…but with a very important difference…the disclaimer. If you can’t read it, it says, ‘This product is not intended for load bearing or any other emergency or survival purposes. This product is intended and designed only to be a novelty or decorative accessory. Made in China.’ Not cool!!”

As you can see, he was irritated at the disclaimer the company is forced to include on their products. The post brings to light three main ways in which Survival Straps differs: 1) the quality and integrity of materials used 2) our unique company guarantee and 3) our resolve to remain an American-based manufacturing company. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to explain what Survival Straps is all about and expand upon what makes us the leading paracord accessory company in the world.

First, we strive to produce the highest quality paracord products in today’s market. Survival Straps is the home of the original Survival Bracelet, using authentic, military grade, type III 550# parachute cord. The cord is woven together from an elastic nylon rope, and “type III” denotes that the rope has a breaking point of up to 550 pounds and can withstand an incredible amount of weight and pressure. You can see why the rope evolved exponentially from its first application as parachute rigging and why it is so highly regarded by military, outdoor enthusiasts and civilians today.

This particular bracelet in the photograph and many other imitation bracelets are made with commercial grade cord most commonly manufactured and sold overseas that has little to no load-bearing capabilities. They might be woven together to resemble a survival bracelet but will not go far in actually assisting in any true survival situation. As per the disclaimer, they are little more than an item meant to be worn as a fashion accessory. With over 50,000 color combinations, countless customization features and a plethora of officially licensed collections, Survival Straps is proud to boast both fashion and practicality.

Survival Straps also differs in another critical point of view: not only do we encourage you to unravel your gear and use it, but we’ll actually replace it for you! All we ask is for you to share with us your story, pictures, and $5 for shipping. We’ll take care of the rest and get you set up with brand new gear ready for your next adventure. That’s our guarantee.

Lastly, unlike these novelty accessories, Survival Straps gear is handmade in the USA. Our headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Survival Straps is family-owned business operated by local residents passionate about upholding the commitment to our brand and country. We unequivocally support our nation and the men and women who fight for our freedom by giving back to various charitable organizations who provide invaluable services to our military and veterans. To date, Survival Straps has donated $856,000 to these worthy causes. We hope to top this number even further in the future.

We hope that his post has cleared up some of your questions and further solidified your trust in our company. Visit our website at http://www.survivalstraps.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest Survival Straps updates and news. As always, thank you for your support!

Soldier Ride

This past Friday, we had the pleasure of being a part of Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, a bike ride that brings together soldiers for a four-day event full of camaraderie and companionship. The Survival Straps headquarters was one of their “watering stops.”

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It was a beautiful day, and we were ready!

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We made sure to keep everyone hydrated!

DSC_0884It was quite a group!

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Here at Survival Straps, we’re passionate about supporting the men and women who serve, past and present, our country and have sacrificed so much. We truly appreciate everything they have done and continue to do for our freedom. To check out more ways we support our troops and country, check out our “Support Our Troops” collection here.