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Looks the Part, Cheap and Great for Emergencies.
on 23 March 2014
There seems to be 'swarm' of these survival bracelets on the market at the moment.
This is one of the cheapest.
That being said the bracelet is bought for two reasons.
1. As a fashion accessory.
2. As an emergency back up of 'several feet' of parachute cord that when your in need is really useful.
This bracelet, although cheap works on both counts.
True you do not get as many colour choices as others but this bracelet looks the same.
So it looks fine as a fashion bracelet.
beware if it gets wet it stays wet!
As to how long 'several feet' is exactly I do not know for I would have to unravel the thing to find out and measure and then I'd have to buy a new one.
Also how long is a piece of string?
When this comes into the task in hand you often have to cut it to size or use a few pieces.
The cord looks chunky and the D ring makes it look the part.
To secure the thing around your wrists can be quite tricky.
The D ring comes with a secure 'key' that you have to turn and screw in to the bolt.
I found it hard to do with just one hand.
The key end does tend to stick out a little too I was afraid of catching my wrist if I twisted or caught the edge.
I played with it several times and tried to figure out which end would be better to have top or bottom.
Now I would be tempted to thread some strong ripcord thread through the hole of the bolt and secure it to the other end.
(A bit like those connections for phones and lanyards)
So you may need a friend to help you secure the thing on your wrists or do as I do attach it to your rucksack for when you need it.
Now to the business end of the unit.
The strange thing about these bracelets is that they are for an emergency.
From experience the only time you need then is when you haven't got them.
So great insurance.
I never thought I would be in a survival situation until I was trapped in the Hull and East Riding floods 0f 2010.
If you do need them in an emergency all you do is locate the 'glued end bits' of the cord.
Give it a sharp twist and unravel.
In less than a minute you have that 'several feet of of cord you need to tie things down- like, tying stuck to your bike panniers, a belt, secure binding for when your waterproofs get ripped, an emergency plastic storm shelter- extra tethering for a tent, tying and securing a broken limb to wood or even and including mild bondage-
In short it covers all bases!