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11/8/12

Tip of the Week: Technora Nine-Fifty


Another tip of the week courtesy of Vigilant Gear, TEOTWAWKI Blog sponsors and purveyors of cool stuff.

What is smaller, lighter than paracord but has almost double the breaking strength? Technora Nine-Fifty - just over 1/10 of an inch thick, but with 950-pounds in tensile strength (all right, it's 960 lbs rated, but 950 sounds cooler I guess).

Technora cord is very cool stuff - eight times stronger than steel of equivalent weight. The hank pictured above is 40 feet in length and weighs in a 1.3 ounces. A 50-foot hank of paracord weighs over twice that. Size wise, this hank of Technora takes up about 1/3 the space of a 50 foot hank of paracord. If you're familiar with bankline, it's a bit thicker than that, and obviously much stronger.

The cord is made up 16 individual strands, braided together. A single strand has a 60 pound breaking strength. The strands are not going to be as easy to work with as an intact braid, but in a pinch, you have that option.

When size and weight are at a premium, and you want something you can lift a grand piano with, Technora is your best bet. Heck, Batman probably uses this stuff in his grappling hook gun. If you've got a small kit, limited space for cordage or just need something ridiculously strong for its weight, check Nine-Fifty cord out.

9 comments :

  1. sounds like the perfect Christmas gift!

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  2. Seeing as you have some, maybe you can answer a question i've pondered about that.. how does it knot? is it slippery or does it have some bite?

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  3. It has some bite, the technocrat feels almost slightly tacky to the touch, and holds knots quite well in my experience.

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    1. Technocrat should be technora - gotta love auto correct.

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  4. I've never heard of this before, thank you for posting this. I have several bails of bank line (keep them stacked on a broomstick) but it sounds like having some of this would be great too. I almost bought a large bail of 550 before I was aware of bank line, but this stuff sounds great too.

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  5. I wish they would ship to Canada. It's almost impossible to get decent prepping supplies in this country.

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    1. I wouldn't have guessed that, given Canada's abundance of rural territory and survival-situation-inducing weather patterns.

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    2. It's terrible. If you can find someone that WILL ship to Canada, the costs are often more than the product(s) you purchased and it takes weeks or months for delivery (even to major cities). But more often than not, you just can't get cool stuff up here at all.

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    3. Ya - believe it or not, I grew up (mostly) in Canada. I remember ordering a $16 book from the U.S. and getting hit with a $30 importation fee or something. Awesome!

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