Paracord Sizes

Paracord is the survival cord of choice because it has a high tensile strength compared to its small diameter. This makes it perfect for storing in an emergency kit of in a quick-deploy bracelet. Read the information below for paracord comparison.

Paracord Sizes (from smallest to largest)

cord size chart

In addition to inches and millimeters, paracord can also be categorized by type. The categorization by type is determined by specific requirements from the military. The official mil-spec paracord requirements and additional information can be found in the post Do I Need Mil-Spec?

 

NANO CORD

MICRO CORD

MICRO 90 CORD

95 CORD

275 CORD

325 CORD

425 CORD

550 CORD

650 CORELESS CORD

750 CORD

850 CORD

BATTLE CORD

1/4" PARA-MAX CORD

5/16" PARA-MAX CORD

 Type

I I I II II II III II  IV IV IV  IV IV

 Break Strength (Tensile)

36 lbs 100 lbs 100 lbs 95 lbs 275 lbs 325 lbs 425 lbs 550 lbs 300 lbs 750 lbs 850 lbs 2,650 lbs 1,200 lbs 1,200 lbs

Number of Strands

0 0 0 1 5 3 3 7 0 11 8 3 3 3

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To view our selection of paracord colors, visit our color chart here.

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