Pulling yourself out of a ten-foot hole

SurvivalStrap enables you to carry with you, at all times, a length of 550lb.-test paracord

“I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.” I’ve been saying that for as long as I can remember. So, what if one day I needed several feet of 550lb.-test line? I live in earthquake country, so that is not exactly a farfetched potential need. I can say with confidence that I’m now ready for that eventuality thanks to my SurvivalStrap.

As the editor of a major website, I’m not a huge fan of “endorsing” products because that can turn into a very slippery slope — if you do even one such product plug you’re basically inviting a whole herd of PR turtles to flood your email and phone mail with “pitches” for their clients’ stuff. However, frequent readers will remember that I did advise any officer who runs an AR to get the C.A.T. M-4 Tool. I also agree wholeheartedly with Dick Fairburn that the BattleComp 1.0 is an excellent product — I have one and I love it.

Another marvelous little piece of gear I’ve recently purchased is a paracord bracelet from SurvivalStraps.com. With about one-and-three-quarters feet of cord for every inch of bracelet — the average male has a wrist that measures between seven and eight inches, the average female wrist size is six to seven inches — you end up with anywhere between twelve and sixteen feet of mil. spec. cord. If you get the “wide” version of the survival bracelet you get even more cord. There are literally thousands of color combinations to choose from, but if you select the Blue Line version the company donates 20 percent of the proceeds to the TASER Foundation for fallen officers. The cord is held in place by either a tough plastic side release buckle or a marine-grade stainless steel shackle — in the image shown to the right, you can see the wide version with the plastic buckle, and the standard version with the stainless shackle.

If you unravel your SurvivalStrap bracelet — or any of their other, 100-percent-made-in-the-USA products, including belts, dog collars, ID lanyards, key fobs, and rifle slings — in an emergency situation and deploy the parcord, the company will replace it for free. Here’s what they say about that offer.

“We are pretty sure that when you receive your SurvivalStrap gear, you are going to love it. We also realize that if faced with an emergency situation, you may hesitate to unravel your SurvivalStrap because you will not want to depart with its awesomeness. So here is the deal. If you do unravel your SurvivalStrap and use it in an emergency situation, we will send you a new one. Free. Yes, Free. All you will pay is the shipping cost to get a new one to you. The only thing we want in return is your detailed story of how it was used.”

At the risk of sounding like I’m gushing with enthusiasm over this company, here is one more parting thought. I am a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and SurvivalStraps is too, making them A-OK in my book.

Stay safe.

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Doug is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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