Paracord Belt

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The Paracord Belt - A Highly Versatile (And Fashionable) Accessory Item

By Matt Hawkins

Paracord was first used in the parachute cords of US paratroopers during World War II. However, it is still commonly used as a an all-purpose utility cord by the military, and has become increasingly popular as an accessory item for people to wear.

A primary reason for this is that paracord’s rugged construction and incredible strength allow it to double as a cord for performing a wide variety of tasks that require it to withstand significant tension without failing. One popular use is as a paracord belt, which apart from having a rugged and stylish appeal, can also be unraveled quickly to act as an extremely strong rope in situations in which that is required.

Anatomy of a Paracord Belt

A paracord belt generally incorporates a metal buckle, and may or may not include an actual belt strap underneath the paracord braiding. If you plan on actually using the paracord on your belt for various tasks (and don’t want to lose your pants while you’re at it), then you will want the type of belt with the paracord overlay. On the other hand, if you are planning to wear the paracord belt more as a fashion item, you may not need the belt strap underneath.

Depending on your waist size, a paracord belt can provide between 50 and 70 feet of paracord to accomplish the task at hand. All you need to do is unravel the strands, which can be done in a matter of seconds after the buckle is removed. When the task is complete, you can even weave the paracord back into a belt again using a straightforward weaving method!

Who/What Are Paracord Belts Designed For?

Paracord belts are great for hikers and backpackers who appreciate its versatility, yet do not want to carry unnecessary weight. Since a belt is generally a necessary accessory item anyway, a paracord belt does not burden the hiker with any additional weight. What’s more, paracord belts are fairly light, usually weighing just several ounces. The size and weight of the buckle generally determines the weight of the belt.

There are literally hundreds of uses for a paracord belt. Some of the more common applications include securing cargo, lashing things together, making repairs to straps, belts, or outdoor gear, as fishing line, as a tourniquet, and as a rescue line. Basically, paracord excels in a wide range of tasks demanding strength and reliability.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast interested in a paracord belt for its numerous practical uses, you may also want to look specifically at survival belts. These belts are made from the strongest paracord (paracord 550) and are designed to be unraveled for utility purposes.

If you like the rugged good looks of paracord and prefer to wear a paracord belt as more of a fashion item, you will be pleased to know that paracord is offered in a number of different colors and weaves to suit your taste. These range from black, to camouflage, to vibrant blues, greens, pinks, and yellows. These belts, as well as the more rugged variety, are available at Amazon and elsewhere online.