I almost always hike with a length of 1/8th-inch diameter utility cord. Also known as parachute cord, p-cord, paracord, or 550 cord, it’s an inexpensive, lightweight, useful, and surprisingly strong piece of all-purpose survival gear. Its potential uses are almost limitless. Here are 10 fun, helpful, and useful ways I’ve used it over the years. How about you?
“Utility cord” is the generic term. Other terms actually refer to more specific standards, though are commonly used interchangeably with the more general utility cord.
I’ve always used the utility cord from REI, which used to come in a 1/8th-inch diameter. Now it comes in a 3mm version from PMI, which is slightly smaller in diameter. I’m sure it’s sufficiently strong and durable for most uses; it can hold up to 400 pounds of weight. You can buy 50 feet of it (4 ounces) for $4.50, though you can easily carry less than half of that to meet for most field needs.
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.