Survival Straps Active Edge paracord bracelet is a product that can save your life. It’s such a simple thing, really, that it’s hard to justify not having one along in the backcountry. The negligible weight (7/8 oz) means that it’s barely noticeable if worn on a wrist or attached to a pack. The bracelet itself is a useful item and, according to manufacturer claims, the new Active Edge proprietary technology embedded in the bracelet can boost energy and performance in a number of ways.
Backcountry enthusiasts know they should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Having a few lightweight items along in case of emergency is part of being responsible and ready for the unexpected. A paracord bracelet is a reasonable addition to a survival kit that includes first-aid supplies, duct tape and a sewing kit with strong thread or dental floss.
Survival Straps Bracelets
Survival Straps bracelets are made with the same parachute cords the military uses. The strap is made of tightly braided parachute cord with a metal clasp on the end. In case of emergency the bracelet can be unraveled to provide around 14-15 feet (varies depending on size of bracelet) of strong, 550 lb. test, nylon cord. The stainless steel closure is a load-bearing marine-grade stainless steel shackle that is adjustable and won’t rust. The closure shackle comes with a steel pin or a break-away pin. The break-away pin is designed to come apart under significant force, while the stainless pin will not.
How can paracord be used?*
- Replace a broken boot lace
- Repair a pack
- Tie down loose items on a pack or in camp
- Tie up a poncho or a tarp
- Hang a bear bag
- Use as a guy line to secure a tent
- String up a clothesline
- Make a leash to secure an animal
- Identify members of a group with different colored bracelets
- Rig up a pulley
- Lash logs together to build a raft
- Tie pine boughs together to build snow shoes
- Make a belt or drawstring
- Use one of the internal strands as fishing line, dental floss or thread for repairs or sutures
- Make a tourniquet
- Make a splint by tying the cord around a firm object and the affected limb
- Make a fire bow to start a fire
- Collect water from a seep by placing one end in the seep, the other in a water bottle—let the water drip in slowly
*Ideas gleaned from Survivor Straps user stories, Surrivorgeek, Backdoor Survival, Backpacker.com. Some uses will require longer lengths of paracord, available for purchase from Survival Straps and other retailers.
For those who have an emergency and have to unravel the cord Survival Straps will replace the product at no cost.
Active Edge is a new twist on the Survival Straps bracelets, where the bracelet is treated with InBalance Technology, a proprietary low-wave frequency technology. Upon my request the manufacturer sent additional materials describing the product and results of initial testing. These results have yet to be published in a peer reviewed publication.
According to the manufacturer the Active Edge Technology “essentially involves the embedding of selected frequencies into products. The frequencies are produced from a commercial power source that utilizes a proprietary delivery system to embed the frequencies into any material.” There’s a lot of “proprietary-ness” that prevents us from fully understanding what the technology is. Maybe that’s because “this technology is only available to the Department of Defense for their ongoing clinical trials and commercially to the public through the Active Edge brand.” If it’s reminiscent of the magnet craze they’ve thought of that, stating that “the products are not altered in any way other than embedding the frequencies,” along with a list of what it’s not.
- No magnets
- No holograms
- No melted titanium
- No conductors
- No placebo effect
- No Voodoo
The product apparently stimulates the sympathetic nervous system—the system used in the human “flight or fight” response. The manufacturer claims that testing in over 2,500 subjects resulted in improvements in range of motion, strength, balance, endurance, blood flow, oxygen intake and REM sleep along with a reduction in pain.
The bracelet is lightweight, comfortable to wear and reasonably stylish. Even my husband, who normally eschews jewelry, didn’t mind wearing it. The cord and closure system are well made and I can see the utility in wearing such an item while backpacking and camping, where many of the uses outlined above could be deployed.
Neither of us could tell any difference in well-being after wearing the Active Edge treated bracelet but perhaps the effects need to be measured in a clinical setting rather than depending on anecdotal reports.
Survival Straps-The Company
Survival Straps is a proud U.S. company that that makes its products in America and support law enforcement, firefighter, EMS and military personnel, raising over $1 million to aid wounded vets and public service workers. Many military personnel receive Survival Straps in care packages. To send packages with the cords to the troops visit Survival Straps.
Survival Straps come in many different colors and styles, some slim, some wide, others with logos. Personalized dog tags with text or photos can be added, which some have used to carry a photo of their loved ones or commemorate a fallen hero. Special collections include those for healthcare professionals, hunters, divers and aviators. Medical alert tags are also available.
Survival Straps paracord bracelets can be a valuable addition to any backcountry experience as it can be used in so many emergency situations. The jury is still out on the utility of the Active Edge technology, but in the meantime, it can’t hurt.
Survival Straps bracelets are available from Survival Straps for $24.99.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a test sample from Survival Straps but the opinions expressed are solely my own.