by Shane White
Paravival approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their products. They send me a couple of bracelet kits, a bracelet and a keychain all made from paracord they sell.
Paravival sells both MIL-SPEC paracord and Commercial Grade 550 paracord by Rothco. If you are not familiar, the commercial grade is typically 550 pounds tested. Rothco, the company that Paravival uses, has 7 strands of nylon fiber that give it its stength. The commercial grade is the type that they use on their kits and gear that they sell. If you need something stronger, they also sell MIL-SPEC Paracord.
Products from Paravival are made with quality commercial grade paracord. This means that the paracord in their products is actually usable and not just something that will make you look like you are into the latest trend. If you want this, Walmart even sells “paracord” bracelets but I wouldnt trust my life to them. It isnt as strong as a MIL-SPEC Paracord, but come in reasonably close which is all you really need unless you plan on hoisting yourself or something heavy.
Dual Color Survival Bracelet Kits
In this kit, you get 4 pieces (approximately 4-feet each) of their commercial grade paracord in one of many of their available colors, and two buckles. They sent me their whistle buckles but they also have buckles without whistles, and shackle buckles. The assembly instructions are not included so if you plan on being somewhere without internet access and don’t already know how to put one together, I suggest you print their online instructions before hand. There are many excellent sets of instructions on their site that will walk you through the process.
Two Color Corba Paracord
This is basically the kit except they assemble it for you. Simply send them the measurement that they need and they do the rest.
Paracord Keychain with Carabiner
The carabiner that comes with this is not for climbing but the one that came with mine is rated for 150 pounds so it can be useful for hoisting some things. I did not tear mine apart, but it looks like it has two 2-feet pieces of paracord. This is about enough to replace a broken shoelace or tie a tourniquet or something like that. It is not much but every little piece of paracord is valuable.
Overall, I think this company has a good product. When I asked them, they said that soon they will be making products and kits with the MIL-SPEC paracord as well if this is what you want. I think soon I might just order myself a belt. This would give me up to 80-feet of paracord at my disposal whenever I need it.
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