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April 15, 2010 • Reviews

SurvivalStrap, Always There When You Need It Review

As a firefighter, I’m always looking for “gear” that keeps me safe.  It’s especially nice to find a piece of equipment that I can carry both at work and at home.  My rescue tool, for example, never leaves my pocket.  It’s a versatile piece of hardware that I use almost every day, sometime to free an injured patient from their seat belt, other times to cut the blister pack off of one of my daughter’s newest toys.

When I saw the SurvivalStraps web site I immediate thought, “now there’s something that might come in handy no matter where I am.”  The product not only looked functional, but when I delved into the information about the company and what they do to support our country, I was sold.

So what is a SurvivalStrap?

A SurvivalStrap is a bracelet that’s built from paracord.  Paracord is lightweight, nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the parachutes from WW II.  Today the rope has many useful tasks such as tying things down, securing items and even saving people from drowning just to name a few.  For every inch of your bracelet you’ll actually be getting 1.75 feet of paracord (up to 16 feet.)

The best part of the SurvivalStrap?  If you have to deploy it in an emergency situation, the company will replace it for free!  All they ask is you pay the shipping to get your new strap to you, and that you write them and tell the story of how you used it.

The SurvivalStrap comes in an uncanny amount of color choices (30 to be exact.)  Once at the ordering page you can choose both the inner and outer colors for your strap.  It’s possible to come up with over 1,000 color combinations for your bracelet.  If you choose a single color, your strap will be made from a single piece of paracord.  If you opt for two colors it’ll be built from two separate pieces.

You’ll then need to measure your wrist.  SurvivalStraps recommends using a piece of string to wrap around your wrist.  Then measuring the amount of string it took to do so.  You then can order your strap in 1/2″ increments from 6″ up to 9″.  If your wrist falls between sizes they also recommend rounding up as the bracelet will shrink.  They also do not want you to add any length to your wrist, measure it exactly.  They’ll add some room when they hand make your bracelet.

You also choose the closure method for your strap.  The SurvivalStrap comes standard with a plastic slide release buckle but you can choose to upgrade to a stainless steel shackle for $3 more.

My SurvivalStrap arrived in about a week and contained an owner’s manual.

The manual details not only how to wear the SurvivalStrap on your wrist, but how you should deploy it should you find you need to do so.  They also include a couple of “brag tags” or business cards that you can hand out to friends and family who ask where your cool new bracelet came from.

I chose black for my outside edge color and Coyote brown for the inside.  Honestly the hardest part about placing your order is deciding what color combination to select.  There are so many options.

I also opted to upgrade to the stainless shackle.  The shackle resembles a threaded pin which you stick through the two loops at the end of the bracelet.  Then once through, you connect the pin to the other side and screw it together.

If you find yourself in an emergency situation which requires you to deploy the paracord, doing so is easy.  You simply grasp the two ends of the rope and pull them through the loop that’s holding them down.  Then you pull them apart and begin to unravel the SurvivalStrap.  Once fully deployed you’ll find yourself with several feet of 550# paracord at your disposal.

Of course, since I ordered the SurvivalStrap myself I didn’t want to deploy it for this review, but I trust that’s it’s all there and if I ever do have to use it in the field I’ll be sure to update this review.

SurvivalStraps are 100% made in the USA and they are extremely passionate about supporting the men and women of our nation’s military.  The company is involved in the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps raise awareness of the struggles the men and women of our military face when returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  You can also choose to purchase a soldier care package along with your own strap.  If you do, SurvivalStraps will send a bracelet along with some other goodies and a personalized card from you to a solider serving overseas.  They also take $5 from every package purchased and donate it to the Wounded Warrior Project.

I’ve only had my strap a few days, and I haven’t had to use it yet.  Of course I hope never to have to do so, but it’s nice knowing it’s there if I need it.

SurvivalStraps makes a host of other products using paracord as well.  From dog collars, to key chains and watch bands, belts, rifle slings and many more.

Check them all out for yourself here.

In a world filled with cut-throat big business, it’s refreshing to see a family business out to do the right thing.  SurvivalStraps care about their customers and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  They’ll do whatever it takes to make things right, and that’s a good trait for a company to have, perhaps the best.

M.S.R.P. – $19.95 – You can get 10% off when you use the code geardiary10 at checkout!

What I like – wearable safety paracord with a purpose, made in the USA, replaced for free if used.

What I don’t like – nothing!

19 Responses to " SurvivalStrap, Always There When You Need It Review "

  1. Locksmith says:

    I always thought firemen weren’t supposed to wear synthetic material next to their skin in case it melts?

  2. Larry Greenberg says:

    @Locksmith – it can be worn over the wristlets of ones turnout gear.

  3. This looks intriguing! I am going to check out the dog collars, belts and rifle slings for gifts. 🙂

  4. navid says:

    Review: SurvivalStrap, Always There When You Need It

  5. martindz9 says:

    Umm!?! This is just getting a review now? These have been out for well over a year!

    I’ve seen other articles on them, but what I really wonder is how quick can you really unravel
    these, especially in a stressful emergency, where seconds count. The stainless steel shackle looks like it would be a pain to unlatch when it’s really needed. Someone really needs to put a video on Youtube to show how long it takes to unravel it for use! They really don’t talk elaborate about it on their website.

  6. Larry Greenberg says:

    @martindz9 – I plan to order some more next week, I’ll order up an extra one and perform an deployment test with it over video.

    As for comment about the timeliness of the review, there are thousands, if not millions of products out there. Sometimes we choose to review things we stumble upon, even though they may have been out for some time. I don’t think that takes away from the usefulness of the information in any way. As long as WE haven’t covered it here on Gear Diary the information is still relevant.

  7. RT @GearDiarySite: Review: SurvivalStrap, Always There When You Need It

  8. anguish says:

    First I’ve heard of it.. Very intriguing! Definitely going to be looking at one for myself!

  9. AndySocial says:

    I’m astounded that someone is actually selling this. Just about every soldier has made one of these things while bored on a deployment or sitting on CQ duty sometime. They are very compact methods of keeping a mass of 550 cord on hand, though, and if you don’t have the patience to make your own…

  10. Larry Greenberg says:

    @AndySocial – my nine year old daughter has been making those colored friendship bracelets for years. Do you know how many retails stores I’ve seen selling them? Just because something is easy to make doesn’t mean there’s not a market for it.

    As for soldiers making them themselves, absolutely true. But based on the feedback on the SurvivalStraps web site and Facebook page (where they have 20,000+ fans, many military) many soldiers are ordering them too.

  11. AndySocial says:

    @Larry – True enough, there’s a market for more than most of us probably imagine. Of course, I also knew a lot of soldiers who asked the “old hands” to make them ranger cord bracelets, and now they can just tell them to go online and order one, ya punk newbie. 😉

  12. Joel McLaughlin says:

    Very cool Larry.May have to get one for camping!

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  16. Russ says: – para cords – like it! Essential bit of NHS kit!

  17. Cracing says:

    how do i go about buyin one of these?

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