Another paracord question

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bivouac

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Jan 30, 2010
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Is all paracord pretty much the same quality-wise? I use bungees with an old basha but i'm looking to save a few ounces and replace them with guylines on the corners. Is there such a thing as good quality low-stretch paracord or would any old cheap paracord from the local camping shop be ok? Would it be worth spending the extra & go for dyneema?
 

spandit

Bushcrafter through and through
Jul 6, 2011
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It's designed to stretch and it soaks up water too. There's thinner, cheaper, better stuff out there for guylines. Dyneema is overkill, IMHO
 

spandit

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Jul 6, 2011
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People have an obsession with paracord - I presume because a lot of the bushcraft stuff stems from military survival handbooks, where paracord was a readily available resource (if you'd just parachuted in). It's strong and easy to use, but not that light and it's overkill for guylines. Cheap Nylon cord would serve you well - I replace all the guylines on my tarp with paracord then changed them back again as it was far heavier than the originals they came with.
 

bivouac

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Jan 30, 2010
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It's designed to stretch and it soaks up water too.

I wondered about that. That could be why everything sags by the morning. I bought dyneema & lineloks for the guylines on the bivi poles & now everything's nice and taut with the bungees on the corners, but dyneema's not cheap if i used it all round. Thanks for the advice.
 

shaggystu

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Nov 10, 2003
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People have an obsession with paracord - I presume because a lot of the bushcraft stuff stems from military survival handbooks, where paracord was a readily available resource (if you'd just parachuted in). It's strong and easy to use, but not that light and it's overkill for guylines. Cheap Nylon cord would serve you well - I replace all the guylines on my tarp with paracord then changed them back again as it was far heavier than the originals they came with.

Couldn't agree more, in fact, I went so far as to write an article on my blog on this very subject. It's here if anyone fancies a read; http://stuartsgettingthereslowly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/cordage.html

Cheers,

Stuart.
 

Dark Horse Dave

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Apr 5, 2007
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I'm guilty of being suckered into using paracord for my guylines. However in my defence I use the reflective stuff which helps a bit, but is not super bright. I also strip out all the inner threads. The outer sheath alone is plenty strong enough for the job - and it's very light too if that's what you're after.

About a fiver for 50 feet: http://www.thebushcraftstore.co.uk/...and-core---made-in-the-usa---green-2792-p.asp

HTH!
 

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