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Can Your Watch Strap Help In An Emergency?


Well, if your strap happened to come from Survival Straps, it just might!  In the Every Day Carry (EDC) community, creating bracelets, fobs, and the like of military-spec paracord is nothing new.  However, I do believe that this is the first time I’ve seen it incorporated into a watch strap.  So, why would you want something that looks, at first glance, like a bulky version of a nylon strap?

In an emergency, you never know what you might find useful – including a good length of rope (or something similar).  In that vein, that’s why many EDCers carry paracord with them in some form or fashion.  So,  that’s the first reason you might want a strap like this – pure functionality.  The second reason speaks more to the aesthetics.  There are 36 colors available, which you can mix and match in each of the three sections of the band.  In this way, you can truly make the color scheme custom to what you want or need (check out the page for more examples).

And yes – if you did some research, and are handy with knots, you could make your own.  However, Survival Straps has a great “warranty” – basically, if you use it, you send them your story along with a picture of remains, and they’ll send you a replacement, free of charge!  In addition, you’d be supporting an American business (located in Florida).  Along with this (frankly awesome) policy, you get the following:

  • 550-lb military-spec paracord
  • A stainless-steel shackle, that can have a break-away pin (for safety) or solid pin
  • Custom-sized to your wrist, with three points of adjustment
  • Available in two widths:  one to fit 17-22 mm lugs, and one to fit 22-26 mm lugs
  • A portion of each purchase goes to help American veterans via the Wounded Warrior Project

This is definitely not a watch strap that would blend in at the office.  However, if you’re the type to head to the backwoods for a week, this could be an awesome addition to whatever you strap onto your wrist.  The only thing I’m not certain about is how comfortable the strap would (or wouldn’t) be.  It certainly seems breathable, but I’m not sure if it would chafe, or just not even be noticeable.  So, if you have any experience in that regard, feel free to let us know!

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