Paracord Sizes report

red paracordParacord is a lightweight artificial rope and an important outdoor survival tool, usually woven from 32 strands of nylon rope; each nylon rope contains a certain number of thin threads that can be used individually. The paracord was originally the control wire on the parachute and was later used as a standard practical rope in the military forces of various countries. In outdoor sports, paracords are essential multifunctional equipment.

In most outdoor activities such as rock climbing and long hikes, a paracord is a great tool because it is practical, sturdy, small, and easy to carry. Before you get ready for outdoor sports, you need to confirm how many paracords you need and be sure to put them in your backpack or carry it with you.

Military colors like green, khaki, brown, etc., are ideal military paracord colors as it provides great camouflage. But in outdoor sports, red is the best because it is eye-catching, easy to find, and can be used to assist with positioning if you put it on the ground. This article explains available paracord sizes.

Paracord Size Guide

Paracord is the survival cord of choice because it has high tensile strength compared to its small diameter. It is perfect for storing in an emergency kit or a quick-deploy bracelet. When people talk about paracord, they usually mean the 550 lb. tensile strength cord used in military parachute suspension. But there are various paracord sizes for different uses. The chart below lists a few other paracord varieties, including shock or elastic cord, and types specifically for wilderness survival.

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Paracord Size Comparison Chart

In addition to inches and millimeters, paracord can also be categorized by type. Read the information below for the paracord comparison.

TypeDiameterInner Strands
1/4 Shock Cord1/4"48
Para-Max Cord1/4"
3
850 Cord
4.5mm8
750 Cord5mm11
550 Cord4mm
7
Mile Spec Cord4mm
7
Dyna-X Cord
4mm
3
Battle Cord
5.6mm3
Tinder Cord5/32"7
Mono5/32"
7
Survival5/32"
7
1/8 Shock Cord
1/8"
12
1/16 Shock Cord
1/16"
6
1/32 Shock Cord
1/32"
3
3/16 Shock Cord
3/16"
48
5/16 Shock Cord
5/16"
80
3/8 Shock Cord
3/8"
3
1/4 Shock Cord
1/4"
80
1/2 Shock Cord
1/2"
90
5/8 Shock Cord
5/8"
195
425 Cord3mm
3
325 Cord2mm
3
275 Cord2mm
5
95 Cord1.75mm
1
Micro Cord1.18mm
0
Nano Cord0.75mm
0
1/16 Elastic Cord1/16"6
1/32 Elastic Cord
1/32"
1
1/4" Cotton Rope
1/4"
3
3/8" Cotton Rope
3/8"
3
1/2" Cotton Rope
1/2"
3
5/8" Cotton Rope
5/8"
3
3/4" Cotton Rope
3/4"
3

Conclusion

550 Paracord is the most popular type because it offers a great balance of strength and flexibility. It has countless uses and is perfect for crafting bracelets, repairing clothing, constructing handle wraps, hunting, fishing, and camping. The paracord must be checked before use, and you should replace it immediately if a scratch is found. In addition, a paracord that has been overused for more than two years must be replaced, even if it is not visibly damaged.


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