My New Favoite Cordage, 275 Paracord

Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by CSM-101, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. CSM-101

    CSM-101 Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 7, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    424
    Location:
    Virginia
    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:

    [​IMG]

    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.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    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:

    [​IMG]

    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.
     
  2. M.Hatfield

    M.Hatfield Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 29, 2015
    Messages:
    476
    Likes Received:
    1,165
    Location:
    New England
    I like cutting down the size of all my kit and this gives me some ideas. Thank you!
     
  3. marbleman

    marbleman Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2015
    Messages:
    888
    Likes Received:
    1,958
    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?
     
  4. NWPrimate

    NWPrimate Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2015
    Messages:
    5,207
    Likes Received:
    33,226
    Location:
    The Wet Side of WA
    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.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
    Brown85, plantedtao, rcwells and 5 others like this.
  5. CSM-101

    CSM-101 Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 7, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    424
    Location:
    Virginia
    The tether cord from CC has one inner strand, but the 275 cord from Paracord Planet has five inner strands.
     
  6. gohammergo

    gohammergo Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    2,107
    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. :)
     
    Winterhorse, MrFixIt and CSM-101 like this.
  7. marbleman

    marbleman Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2015
    Messages:
    888
    Likes Received:
    1,958
  8. Wasp

    Wasp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2014
    Messages:
    1,489
    Likes Received:
    4,236
    Location:
    Arkansas
    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.
     
    Winterhorse, MrFixIt and CSM-101 like this.
  9. DomC

    DomC Retired Old Scrub Stomper

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    7,066
    Likes Received:
    11,013
    Location:
    East Central Florida
    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
     
  10. backlasher

    backlasher Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 4, 2013
    Messages:
    5,177
    Likes Received:
    1,765
    Location:
    Gulf Coast, Texas
    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.
     
    DomC, gohammergo, CSM-101 and 2 others like this.
  11. sonofadoublegun

    sonofadoublegun LL&P Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,067
    Likes Received:
    3,541
    Location:
    N.W. Indiana
    I didn't know this size of paracord existed... Thanks for the heads up!

    P.S. - great profile pic! LOL.

    Best,
    Jamie
     
    DomC, gohammergo and CSM-101 like this.
  12. Winterhorse

    Winterhorse Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    7,737
    Likes Received:
    12,757
    Location:
    Kansas
    I'll get some of this and try it out. Thanks.
     
    DomC and CSM-101 like this.
  13. Dubhelix

    Dubhelix Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    203
    Likes Received:
    1,118
    Location:
    Shenandoah, Earth.
    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.
     
    DomC and CSM-101 like this.
  14. 45jack

    45jack Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2009
    Messages:
    4,697
    Likes Received:
    783
    I like the 275, you may also like the tether cord county comm sells. Good stuff and comes in 300 foot spools.
     
    DomC and CSM-101 like this.
  15. CSM-101

    CSM-101 Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 7, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    424
    Location:
    Virginia
    :D
     
    DomC and Wasp like this.
  16. aaronu

    aaronu Armchair Bushcrafter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,518
    Likes Received:
    1,343
    Location:
    Marysville, WA
    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
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
    DomC, gohammergo, CSM-101 and 2 others like this.
  17. arleigh

    arleigh Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2015
    Messages:
    1,515
    Likes Received:
    2,334
    Location:
    southern california
    Isn't 275 the rated weight limit ?
     
    DomC and CSM-101 like this.
  18. Wasp

    Wasp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2014
    Messages:
    1,489
    Likes Received:
    4,236
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Static.
     
    DomC and CSM-101 like this.
  19. MJGEGB

    MJGEGB Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Messages:
    2,770
    Likes Received:
    3,908
    Location:
    Portsmouth Virginia
    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.
     
    DomC, CSM-101, Faiaoga and 1 other person like this.
  20. mtnoutdoors

    mtnoutdoors Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    563
    Likes Received:
    1,405
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    thanks for the info I well have to look in to it. Prov 27:17
     
    DomC and CSM-101 like this.
  21. NJHeart2Heart

    NJHeart2Heart Backyard Bushcrafter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    2,416
    Likes Received:
    9,979
    Location:
    Morris County suburbs, NJ, USA
    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 ;)
     
    DomC, gohammergo and CSM-101 like this.

Share This Page