Don't confuse this 550 Parachute Cord - MIL-C-5040 Type III Utility Cord with the numerous copies on the market today. This is the official paracord used by the U.S. Military. It's military designation is MIL-C-5040 Type III and has a rated strength of 550 lbs. Our version, the genuine version, is offered here in multiple colors, all authentic MIL-C-5040 Type III Parachute Cord.
The sturdy flexible “rope” ,often referred to as “parachute cord” or “550 cord”, is actually used in the construction of parachutes. It is used to connect the canopy portion of the parachute to the part that the parachutist wears. There are a variety of colors and types of “550 cord” commonly sold. The genuine “550 cord” has a flexible outer cover, which contains 7 white nylon cords which when removed can be used for sewing or any other purpose that requires a strong thread.
Our parachute cord is rated to hold 550 lbs before breaking, hence the name “550 cord”. The uses of this cord are limited only by the users imagination, from wrapping knife handles to boot laces. Here at Best Glide we sell only genuine 550lb rated mil-spec cord. This is a must have for any survival kit.
The Genuine MIL-C-5040 Type III Parachute Cord is offered here in a 100 foot length. Be sure to choose your color.
If you wish a 50 ft length, please see that option in this same section.