About Paracord

Parachute Cord,550 Type III Cord is effectively the most well-known and used cord from the Parachute Cord family that has been long trusted by the US military. The 2-ply/7 inner strands made up of high-strength synthetic fibers guarantee the cord’s exceptional tensile strength (550 pounds), and durability; an impressive feat, considering its size (about the thickness of boot laces). Paracord Rope’s 550 Type III Paracord is manufactured by a certified US government contractor. Made in the USA. Paracord Rope is a veteran-owned small business.

Type Minimum strength Minimum elongation Minimum length per pound Core yarns Sheath structure
I 95 lb (43 kg) 30% 950 ft (290 m; max. 1.57 g/m) 1 16/1
IA 100 lb (45 kg) 30% 1050 ft (320 m; max. 1.42 g/m) <no core> 16/1
II 400 lb (181 kg) 30% 265 ft (81 m; max. 5.62 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 36/1
IIA 225 lb (102 kg) 30% 495 ft (151 m; max. 3.00 g/m) <no core> 32/1 or 36/1
III 550 lb (249 kg) 30% 225 ft (69 m; max. 6.61 g/m) 7 to 9 32/1 or 36/1
IV 750 lb (340 kg) 30% 165 ft (50 m; max. 9.02 g/m) 11 32/1, 36/1, or 44/1