“Wear it, unravel it, survive!” That’s the somewhat melodramatic but
highly illustrative tagline for Survival Straps’ namesake product, a
bracelet made of paracord that can be untied and unfurled in the
outdoors in a time of need.

Survival Straps is an operation based in Florida, and its workers
weave a high-strength cord — “550 test military spec paracord,” as
the company touts — into a variety of bracelet types.

This month, I have been wearing the Regular Survival Bracelet model,
which costs about $25. It is an inch wide and it looks like a bulky
watch band on the arm.

It clasps closed with a stainless steel shackle. The company
(www.survivalstraps.com) includes two types of pins, one steel and one
plastic, to lock the shackle in place. The plastic pin will break away
and release the bracelet if your hand gets caught up on an object
descending a …