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Survival Straps by Tough Gear Inc.

Survival Straps
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Survival Straps
Posted June 02, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.

Survival Straps bracelets are handy for weekend warriors or campers who just need a good, strong piece of cord handy for those times when only cord will do and there’s none around.

The bracelets are made with 15 feet of woven parachute cord that serve as a bracelet with a breakaway clasp. If a need arises for stout cord, it is unraveled and ready for anything from securing luggage to your vehicle’s roof, to tying up game to repairing a tent or securing a boat to the dock.

These multipurpose items are made in America by Tough Gear Inc., a family-run company in Florida in business since 2005. They are committed to supporting the men and women of the military and have partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project, hoping to raise awareness and dollars for them with a portion of every purchase from the company’s website going to the project.

Stories of people who have used their bracelets are varied. One is from a sniper who was providing cover fire for his unit while serving in Iraq. Shrapnel from a mortar round cut his leg. He used one of his Survival Straps to make a tourniquet, the other to shore up rubble that was providing his cover. Said the soldier, James, “From this position I continued to provide covering fire for my troops as the mission was successful. We lost no one and the injuries were minimal. I was able to move on my own to rejoin my unit.”

Another story is from the father of a young boy who used his Survival Strap as a collar for the youngster’s new puppy. Another is from a groomsman who used his to tie the traditional cans to the groom’s getaway car when no string could be found. The 15 feet of 550-pound test cord “saved” the day. And another is from a camper who used his to secure a food locker from invading raccoons.

And here’s the fun part. If you have to use your bracelet, send the company a story of how you used yours and a picture of how it was used and they’ll send you a new bracelet, free of charge.

They come with a stainless-steel shackle for a closure. There is a plastic breakaway pin that will break if the bracelet becomes entangled in something. For times when there is not that concern and more strength is needed, there is a stainless steel pin.

For more information, visit www.survivalstraps.com

Prices start at $25.

By Jeff Strout, BDN Staff

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