My New Favoite Cordage, 275 Paracord

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  1. CSM-101

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    While the standard 550 paracord is a favorite among bushcrafters and outdoorsmen, I'm really liking the 275 weight cord. I first bought a couple of spools of the 'tether cord' from CountyComm for use as lanyards but the more I used it the more I like it.

    What's the big selling point for me? Size. I've only made a half hearted attempt to make cordage and I can't imagine trying to improvise cordage if I needed it, I'd much prefer to carry it.

    Here's one hundred feet of 550 cord compared to one hundred feet of 275:

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    So you can carry the same amount of cordage in half the space.

    Is it strong enough? I tried out a bow drill using the 275, two embers out of three tries, no problem.

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    I'm not sure that I'd trust it for a shelter ridge line, but keeping a length of 550 cord for that and exchanging the guy ropes for 275 cord again cuts the size of the line kit in half:

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    I make no claims this is the perfect cordage, but I can't think of a general bushcraft task this stuff wouldn't handle. If you're looking for ways to cut the size and weight of a kit, I think this is a good place to start.
     
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    I like cutting down the size of all my kit and this gives me some ideas. Thank you!
     
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    Dangit, now I have to get some. Don't tell my wife.

    I am a closet cordage junkie. When I was a child, I was really into it, proper knots for all occasions.

    How many inner strands does it have?
     
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    Thanks for posting this @CSM-101 . It looks like good stuff and I think it would actually work great for a ridge line. Winds strong enough to break it are going to shred your tarp long before the cordage fails.
     
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    The tether cord from CC has one inner strand, but the 275 cord from Paracord Planet has five inner strands.
     
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    Paging @NJHeart2Heart fellow cordage junkie!

    I'm going to have to add this to my Paracord, bank line, microcord, and other stuff. Thanks for sharing this info. :)
     
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    I use it all of the time, it's great cord for sure. I usually use Atwood Rope brand because it's a little "stiffer" but it's all good.
     
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    As a companion cordage to my 550 pc I use Catahoula #36 bankline which has a tensile strength of 320 lbs. I've used it as cordage for a bowdrill with no problem.

    Dom
     
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    I've been using the 275 paracord for a few months and it's great. I don't use it for a ridge line but for everything else, it works.
     
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    I didn't know this size of paracord existed... Thanks for the heads up!

    P.S. - great profile pic! LOL.

    Best,
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    I'll get some of this and try it out. Thanks.
     
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    I think I need a big spool of that 275 stuff.

    I've been using 550 for years, but you're right, 550 is bulky and overkill for most tasks.
     
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    I like the 275, you may also like the tether cord county comm sells. Good stuff and comes in 300 foot spools.
     
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    Haven't heard of this stuff before so thanks. Another thing to drain the wallet.

    I have used type 1A paracord though. It works good but doesn't have inner strands. Very compact stuff.

    As for ridgelines I have used #12 bank line and 1A paracord. Each is good for 100 pounds. I figure if that isn't strong enough for tarp lines I have bigger problems. :15:

    ETA: @andy.t sells type IA, II, III and IV paracord
     
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    Isn't 275 the rated weight limit ?
     
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    Personally I've moved pretty much completely away from Paracord. As a replacement I've found three cords I'm very happy with.

    200-300 lbs dyneema fishing line. I can't recall what the stuff I got was but it makes amazing line for my bear bag as it's very slick. It sucks at holding knots however and I found that an adjustable hitch with an extra loop is the only adjustable knot that really holds.

    Blind cord - this stuff is like micro P-cord with inner strands and an outer sheath. Holds knots well can stretches like a rubber band. This stuff is dirt cheap and makes a great disposable cordage.

    1.8mm reflective guyline - generic stuff that doesn't stretch, is easy to untangle as it's stiff, and holds knots like crazy.

    All of these options are a lot cheaper, lighter, and more compact than 550 and still plenty strong.
     
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    thanks for the info I well have to look in to it. Prov 27:17
     
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    Sorry all! I've been very preoccupied with family history projects lately not to mention the humid hot weather we have gotten.
    Paracord 275.. great stuff. love it. have it in many rainbow colors :) Need to actually USE it for something ;)
     
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