PARACORD BRACELETS

PARA-CLAW SUR­VIVAL BRACELET K2-PEAK SE­RIES AD­JUSTABLE PRE­MIUM PARACORD BRACELET WITH SUR­VIVAL KIT

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A few years ago, paracord bracelets came into vogue as sur­vival ac­ces­sories you could wear should you need a length of this thin, su­per-strong cord to get out of a jam. Since then, the bracelets have evolved to in­clude all sorts of tools to help you in a time of need. Here are three bracelets to con­sider. —Pete McDon­ald

PARA-CLAW

Holds a ser­rated stain­less-steel blade SAV­ING GRACE: Un­snap the buckle to re­veal a 1½-inch ser­rated stain­less-steel hawks­bill blade that’s as good as any pock­etknife. The paracord bracelet is mil­i­tary-grade 550-pound-test. It has the best knife of the three choices.

POS­SI­BLE PERIL: It’s not a good idea to wear this one through air­port se­cu­rity.

PRICE: $49.95; sur­vival­straps.com SAV­ING GRACE: This is equipped with a built-in com­pass and con­ceals an emer­gency knife, flint fire starter, and whis­tle to alert for help. It has 12 feet of 550-pound-test paracord to un­ravel if you need it for any­thing.

POS­SI­BLE PERIL: The whis­tle pro­duces sound to only 100 dBA.

PRICE: $9.99 for a twopack; al­l2shop.net

PRE­MIUM

Comes equipped with fish­ing gear SAV­ING GRACE: It’s ba­si­cally a mini sur­vival kit that in­cludes fire tin­der, a fire starter and a firestarter rod; fish­ing line with hooks, floats, swivels and sinkers; and seven in­ner strands to­tal­ing 60 feet.

POS­SI­BLE PERIL: The paracord is 350-poundtest, the low­est of the three choices.

PRICE: $14.99; geck­oe­quip­ment.com Now that the weather is warmer, pre­pare for the up­com­ing sea­son with 102 boat­ing tips com­piled by our staff of ex­perts. Go to boat­ing­mag.com/ pho­tos/102-best-boat­ingtips or scan this tag!

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