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So here it is, I see arguements over what's better this gun or that gun, this knife that knife, so on and so on.

So it seems standard that there are many different arguments people have about what they percieve as the best.

Now I have noticed that everyone swears by 550 paracord in survival situations, is it perhaps the only single survival item that everyone agrees on? Or is their actually people out there who will argue different? If so what rope material is better and why? Or have I actually discovered that there can be something we all agree on?
 

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550 cord is the end all be all.................. there are very few things that you can't do with it.

It's a necessity even for those that don't realize it yet ;)
 

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So here it is, I see arguements over what's better this gun or that gun, this knife that knife, so on and so on.

So it seems standard that there are many different arguments people have about what they percieve as the best.

Now I have noticed that everyone swears by 550 paracord in survival situations, is it perhaps the only single survival item that everyone agrees on? Or is their actually people out there who will argue different? If so what rope material is better and why? Or have I actually discovered that there can be something we all agree on?
550 is useful and versatile but tbh I don't use it much, infact apart from guy ropes I can't think of the last time I had to break out any. Generally I use jute its cheap, its relatively strong (definately strong enough for everything I've needed) can be used as tinder and it's natural so it doesn't overly matter if I leave any behind if I'm in a hurry as it'll breakdown.

Topic reminded me of this:

 

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550 is useful and versatile but tbh I don't use it much, infact apart from guy ropes I can't think of the last time I had to break out any.
That's the biggest problem, people seem to actively try to find a reason to use it. I mean, I got over playing with rope when I was like 10 years old so I'm not exactly a big fan of it.


it's natural so it doesn't overly matter if I leave any behind if I'm in a hurry as it'll breakdown.
Not sure I agree here, it's made out of nylon, which isn't very natural.
 

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I have some paracord in my backpack but I also have 100 ft of 390 lbs rated cord that weighs about 3oz. I guess, I need rope but I don't need a lot of paracord.
 

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I actually have a new love in the cordage department.

Samson Rope, Amsteel Blue!!!! Check out their Zing-it line, too.

a 7/64 diameter line weighs 0.3 lbs per 100 feet of rope and can hold over 1500 lbs! It does not get waterlogged like paracord and is resistant to mold and mildew in wet applications.
 

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I actually have a new love in the cordage department.

Samson Rope, Amsteel Blue!!!! Check out their Zing-it line, too.

a 7/64 diameter line weighs 0.3 lbs per 100 feet of rope and can hold over 1500 lbs! It does not get waterlogged like paracord and is resistant to mold and mildew in wet applications.
That's a pretty awesome strength/size ratio.
 

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I think they both have their merits. Bank line I've heard is more useful for things like snaring and shelter building. Paracord is pretty useful for a lot of other things too. The best part is they are both lightweight enough that it doesn't have to be an either or type scenario. You can carry a fair amount of both and use the bank line for things that you would typically use the inner strands from 550 to do.
I have found that with a couple figure 9's you can pull paracord piano wire tight if you want to which can be handy for a ridge line. I also found that if you stretch 550 a few times it does become weaker and will break at far lower weight than the much touted 550 lbs.
 

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The only minor complaint I have about 550 cord is how some people tend to get a bit crazy with it. I like the stuff and always carry it, but some people can take it a bit too far. Use the right tool for the right job, 550 shouldn't be used for rappelling for example.
 

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That's a pretty awesome strength/size ratio.
Firm believer in the Amsteel as well! I do keep my share of paracord though and have been known to make belts and bracelets for fun.
 

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I carry it, and its great. You can do a zillion things with it. But to each his own.
 

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I actually have a new love in the cordage department.

Samson Rope, Amsteel Blue!!!! Check out their Zing-it line, too.

a 7/64 diameter line weighs 0.3 lbs per 100 feet of rope and can hold over 1500 lbs! It does not get waterlogged like paracord and is resistant to mold and mildew in wet applications.
Does it come apart like paracord? I mean, can you separate the inner cords from the sheath like with paracord?
 

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Isn't there 5 and 7 strand 550 cord?
Some guys take the inner strands out and make boot laces and bracelets out of sheath layer.
550 can't be rubbed on itself, wears and breaks.
I've got a roll of catfish/trot line. Have yet to make guy lines with it.
 
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