What is 550 Paracord?
Paracord was originally used for suspension lines of parachutes. Inherent in its nylon design – due to the high risk nature of parachuting – is strength, durability and flexibility.
Historically used by the military, paracord is now used by military and civilians alike in a range of applications where lightweight cordage is required such as Prepping, hunting, camping, trekking and hiking.
The 550 refers to the minimum breaking weight of 550 pounds (lbs) or approx. 250kg. This is not to stay that a single strand can safely support 250kg and typically about 90kg is a recommended weight usage.
550 paracord is also know as type III (3) which will consist of a minimum of 7 internal nylon strands, each of which contain 3 braided strands. Paracord is not completely inelastic and provides up to 30% elasticity – originally to reduce the impact on parachute deployment.