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Sterling Parachute 550 Cord - 3mm

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    18 Reviews


    Stock up on some military-spec Sterling 3mm Parachute 550 Cord before your next camping trip or backcountry excursion. Tie down your tent, tarp, and other gear when it gets blustery in camp, or put together a make-shift clothesline on a multi-day backpacking trip.

    • Available in assorted colors for easy recognition and visibility
    • White core strands allow you to see when the cord has nearly worn through
    • Not to be used for climbing or load-bearing activities
    • Item #STE0064

    Tech Specs

    2.4 kN
    Recommended Use
    camping, mulit-use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    No bear is gonna get my food!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this to be able to have some extra cordage handy when camping (there is ALWAYS something you can use it for). But I use it most frequently to hang my food in a tree when backpacking. It's hella strong and depending on what length you get, there is plenty to be able to create an impossible situation for bears!

    Cord For (Almost) Everything

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Paracord has a million uses. This version from Sterling has held up well for me. Sterling makes accessory cords that are force rated if youre looking for something to climb with, but for keeping your food away from bears, securing tarps, attaching things to your pack, etc etc etc, this stuff is great.

    Great Rope

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Purchased this before a camping trip and instantly liked my purchase. Who knew the many ways that you could use rope out in the wilderness. Also great for having around the house. Packs down nice, it's strong and durable.

    Great Cord

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The list of what you couldn't use this cord for would be shorter than me telling you what I have used it for. I never have to replace it, only get more for more projects. It holds up great and is recommended for anything you can think of, really.

    To spice up this review, I will go ahead and tell you what I have used it for: ridge lines for hammock tarp, tie downs for tents and awnings, clothes line, practicing knots, strapping gear to my backpack, and the list goes on. My wife uses it for: curtain tie backs and rope shelves in the house.

    Get the 100ft length... you'll use it.

    Good 'Ol 550 Cord

      So many uses for this stuff, its strong for its size and weight. You can separate little strands for even more uses and length. I bought this primarily for backpacking in Grizzly country, its perfect for securing your food and scented items way up on a tree branch and out of reach.

      Name one thing you'd need a rope for...

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Well little did connor know, rope will inevitably save your keister.

      I do not go into the backcountry without paracord anymore. I have needed it too many times, and have used it even more.

      Just go ahead and buy 5 times more than you think you need. You will use it. I would consider this to be the second most important survival item I carry, behind only my knife.

      This is some of the most bulletproof cord I have used as well. Be aware that the sheath melts much quicker while the core hardly burns, so burning the ends can be tricky. I typically just tie an overhand knot at the end unless I need it to be sleek, then I will take the time to burn it evenly (it can be done it is just tricky)

      Bought this for the versatility

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I picked up some of this stuff for my recent road trip just in case I needed to macgyver something. Didn't have to use it yet, but it was packed nicely in a little bag and seemed strong when I played with it.

      Great for everything

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought two of these. One, I cut in half and knotted in order to set up a hammock. This turned out to be a great idea as the cor is super strong and easily packed. The other is for extended backpacking and emergency purposes. Truly a multi-use and highly versatile material that is worth having in a backpack.

      A versatile piece you kit

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I always carry a length of cord when I backpack and recently purchased this to replace my last length. I use it to hang food, clothes, make repairs, guy out tents and tarps and improvise as needed. This product is light, strong and high quality.

      So versatile

        Use it to guy out tents, make lanyards for tools, hang food or anything you need light, strong cord for. It cheap and easy to find and comes in lots of colors. It is a bit elastic, may need to consider that for some applications.

        Can this be used, 200 feet worth, as a pull down method when performing a single rope rappel? My main dynamic will have a Figure 8 on a bite with the carabiner up top for a single rope rap. Then tie the paracord to the short end as a tag/pull line. I see that normal tag lines are 7-8mm. This way they can be multi task capable. Used for anchoring, or even as an emergency rap line. But, if I'm climbing a two or three pitch multi. I plan on going all the way up. But I can bring 200 feet of 550 or 650 cord in case I need to single rope rappel, using the paracord as a pull down line. Has anyone done this? Is it a crazy idea? I'd never be putting any more weight than it takes to pull a rope through a set of rap rings. So I see it as being effective and a super light option. I'd be stuck with only one weight bearing rope. Is that a no-no for ANY multi-pitch?
        Thanks for your input.

        The biggest downside I can think of is that it's pretty uncomfortable to pull/handle a 3mm cord. If your main rope has rope drag or gets wedged in a crack or around some sort of outcrop, it'll be tough to pull down hard on such a thin cord. From a safety point of view, it seems like a feasible idea, but from a convenience point of view, I'd upgrade to 5-6mm cordelette.