Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Great Gear Give-Away

Riverwalker is going global and we’re helping the International Preppers Network with a great gear give-away. Here’s your chance to win an essential gear item that everyone can use and help kick off the start of the International Preppers Network.

So what are we giving away? Here’s your chance to win an essential gear item that everyone can use over and over again. One lucky prepper will be chosen at random from the comments on this post and will receive a free hank of 8 Strand 550 Paracord from Gear Up Europe.com.

How do you win? Leave a comment on this post stating you’re a Prepper and include a personal identifier like EU Prepper and tell us a way in which paracord has been useful to you. The lucky winner will then be chosen at random from all the comments received. The winner will be announced separately in a different post at a later date. They will then need to send an e-mail to riverwalker_texas@yahoo.com with a shipping address to receive their prize. Your information will remain confidential and be used only to ship your prize if you’re a winner. That’s it! Good luck everyone!

Wait! What’s better than a chance to win free gear? Two chances to win free gear! Visit the International Preppers Network and post a comment for an additional chance to win.

Here’s a little info about the prize:

“This is the best quality paracord out there, 8 Strand 550 Paracord. You'll generally see stores selling the less effective 7 or 5 strand versions. Our 8 strand cord is straight from a US military parachute supplier, where they use the absolute best nylon they can find to make cord on which soldiers' lives literally depend. This stuff will work great for repairing gear, pitching tarps, or any other task where you might need high quality cordage.

The paracord is an outer sleeve of nylon with 8 inner nylon strands. You can easily pull the inner strands out and use them separately for small tasks, or keep it all together to make sure you have some very tough cord. The cord, of course, meets military specs and is technically 550 cord (rated to break at 550 lbs of stress), but the manufacturer says that their tests show that this paracord breaks at closer to 650-700 lbs.

Great for camping, outdoors, and survival emergencies. Keep some in your pack and vehicle.”

Special thanks to my good friend Mike at Gear Up Europe.com for helping with this great gear give-away!

Got a great use for paracord? Tell us about it and you may be a winner!



jimmycrackedcorn said...

That's an excellent prize that was already on my wish list. I had almost run out of the stuff I brought home with me 15 years ago. I'm slowly but surely preparing for the future and this cord is an absolute must. I need to ask though...how long, exactly, is a "hank?" :) I have used this for so many things I don't know where to start. It will hold up a trellis full of peas or pole beans in the wind. If you have enough it can BE the trellis and it will last 7 or 8 years outside in Illinois winters before it begins to break down. You can also train tomatoes to grow around a string of 550 cord attached to an overhead frame. It gives and moves with the plants and will not cut into them. In the field, 550 cord can be used as a clothesline or a rope to hang food and trash for the night. It will also stake down your shelter poles or serve as the ridgeline for a quick poncho shelter. The list really goes on and on.

-Jimmy Cracked Corn

wetzelrt said...

I have found that paracord is very handy for hanging a deer to age it. that is the first use that comes to mind at least.

mama4x said...

We bought some paracord for preps but my son uses a long length of it to practice his knot-tying. I hadn't thought of using it for gardening- we're planting contender beans and tomatoes that will need some support.

riverwalker said...

A hank refers to a coiled loop and they vary in length. The hank of paracord for this promo is 100 feet (30 meters).



Mark said...

I do Search and Rescue and 550 is simply a part of my pack. I don't leave home without it. I have used it for making shelters, boot strings, I have even made knife handles by wrapping it around a broken handle. It is both sturdy and dependable. I also use it as lanyard for items on my pack so that I don't loose things when I'm out in the darkness. If it falls, I'll eventually find it dangling.

Joshua said...

I’ve found 550 cord to be useful in a variety of situations; most notably for attaching my parachute to my harness when I was jumping out of airplanes in the Army! Aside from that though, it is great for tying things down and rigging tents, use as boot laces, tying up an animal to be butchered, etc. Most of these uses don’t require the full strength of the cord, and things can be tied down better usually after the cord has been “gutted” (interior strands removed). If you have enough pieces of long interior strands, they can be used to fashion a very usable fishing net (this was something I learned to do in the Army). In the Army I used it to tie important pieces of gear to myself or my pack in case they came loose.

It’s definitely one of those essential items I keep around. To me, it’s right up there with my Leatherman and a flint and magnesium fire starter for things that go in the pack for a camping trip or other outdoor excursion.

Lucas @SurvivalCache said...

550 Cords is like the Duct Tape of the Survival World. You can never have too much of it, and you can use it for anything. I would love to win some.

Thanks for the content opportunity!

daehleseid said...

I've used para cord to make a sling for the rifle that is my survival gun. Its braided so that it the total length is 100' when undone.

Dustin Tarditi said...

550 Cord is an absolutely key item in any camp/prep/survival kit. Between camping, bushcrafting, and military service, I've used 550 cord for anything ranging to shelter rigging, equipment lashing, equipment lanyards (dummy cord), boot laces, land nav pace counters, and field-expedient repair.

The strands of the inner strands can be unwound to serve as field-expedient dental floss, but it tastes pretty nasty - I've actually found that the cordage takes on so much more functionality when you use the inner strands and sleeve separately (if you do not need the full weight bearing capacity of the complete cord).

Fatebekind said...

I've used 550 cord alot for all different things. I've used it on a bow drill to make fire, hang food up in the trees away from racoons & bears,& used it for bootlaces. Great Stuff!


Lawrence Roberge said...

Great use of paracord is tie down tarp covers over a cord of firewood. With wind storms we have as well as heavy snowstorms, i have to tie down tarps to protect the precious fuel.

Great product!

Thank you.


riverwalker said...

To: Everyone

These are all great tips for using paracord.



Bitmap said...

I use paracord to make lanyards for stuff like flashlights and pocket knives. At night I keep my EDC light on a lanyard around my neck so it is there if I need it and I can't lose it. I also use paracord to wrap around the body of flashlights to provide protection for the light, improve my grip on the light, and provide an emergency supply of cord if I need it.

Anonymous said...

I use paracord to tie down tarps over the trucks, my raspberries and snow peas grow on it, and I use it in the garage for parking! cut a small slit in a tennis ball, make a knot in the end of the cord, place the knot in the tennis ball and suspend it from the ceiling so that the ball is touching your windshield right where you want your vehicle parked in the shop/garage. Helps alot for us "older preppers" :)
MrDanB-APN-Washington State

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