The XXL Trilobite Extra Beefy Paracord Survival Bracelet with Stainless Steel Black Bow Shackle is designed to be Extra long to fit the larger wrist.
The bracelet arrives packaged very well in a resealable point of sale bag with Euro hanger so would not be out of place in a retail environment.
A neat little bonus for the bracelet is an additional shackle pin. Also included in the pack are a couple of company logo transfers, welcome leaflet and a basic unravelling instruction.
According to the manufacturer, the ideal wrist size from this model is 8.5″-9.5″ (21.6-24.1 cm). I have a measured wrist size of 7.5″(19mm) so the bracelet is too big for me. The bow shackle and bar have an adjustment potential of 14mm over three locations.
At its first location the internal diameter is 8.9″ (22.5mm)
At its last location the band measures 9.5″ (24.2mm).
The paracord is stated to be independently tested to a 531 lb (241 kg), so what does this mean? An large car engine and transmission weighs 272kg, An average man weighs 85kg. Paracord can hold a static weight of 227kg (tested to 241kg) before breaking.
The build quality of the bracelet is very good, the company personalised black shackle provides a nice finish.
Paracord weaves are terminated by melting the ends and flattening, this is normally done on the underside of the bracelet for aesthetics, this can sometimes result in an hard burr that can irritate the skin, The finish on this bracelet is good with no signs of burr.
Unravelling your paracord should only be done in emergencies, however for the purposes of evaluation we will be taking ours apart.
The instructions provided suggest twisting the bracelet around the melted ends to break a loosen, we tried this and were unsuccessful in breaking the weld, resorting to eventually cutting with a knife – something that every good survivalist / boy scout should never be without.
Unravelling the bracelet is straight forward from this point.
Disassembled the paracord length is approximately 13.1 ft (4 m)
The Friendly Swede recommend not trying to re-weave the paracord unless you are experienced.
The ‘university’ of YouTube can teach you how to weave this back together should you need to do so.
I resized the bracelet and reassembled to suit my wrist size.
So Why Paracord
Paracord has many uses in everyday life and in emergency situations, this will be covered in more detail in a later post, however for now here are a few potential uses (remember your paracord is made up of multiple smaller strands of very strong fibre).
- Stitches, sewing thread, sutures
- Splint / Sling
- Stretcher / hammock
- Rescue line
- fishing line
- fishing net
Given the quality of this product Extra Long XXL Trilobite Extra Beefy / Wide for the cost of £8.99 & FREE Delivery I would consider this good value for money.
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