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  • Cord is 3mm, or about 0.125 in., in diameter
  • Cord strength is approximately 400 lbs. (1.8 kN)
  • Package of 50 ft.

Made in USA.

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Best Use Camping
Weight Per Foot 2.28 grams
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Multiple Uses I was working at a summer camp where we went on 3-4 day overnights in different locations around California. Using 8+ person tents, we had about 13 campers and 3 adults. One of the tents was missing main poles and stakes. We ran the utility cord through the pole holes that ran throughout the tent, used the rain-fly poles as cross members tied off between to two opposing trees. This took 20 minutes, 2 50' utility cords and a little adhesive tape on the joints. Extra line from tent to tree doubled as a clothes line. Bought these the day before on a whim, do not go anywhere without them.
Date published: 2011-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used to string up a siltarp shelter Tied up great and stayed put. The surface helped it to stay tied up even with the high winds we experienced for 9 days at 7000ft and 1 severe thunderstorm. Great cord.
Date published: 2013-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Cord I use this product for anything that requires strength, good looks or effective knotting with small diameter cord. The tight braid provides body and good feel for the cord's small 3mm diameter. The polyester sheath provides excellent protection from UV radiation and, together with the nylon core, a great breaking strength of 400 lbs. It melts well to prevent loose ends from fraying. The range of colors is useful. For the price, you can't go wrong.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong, holds fast So I use many different types of cordage for my work and various hobbies. For setting up a tent or tarp, this is my favorite type of cordage. It is quite strong and holds knots very well. Other similar items, like paracord, don't release knots as well after it has gotten wet. I also find that some friction hitches, like taut-line hitch or prussiks, slip less than on paracord. Somehow I manage to use hundreds of feet of this during a year organizing and hanging gear in the trailer, lashing down stuff in the back of the truck, hanging tarps, etc. A very useful product!!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Bear-Bag Line Used to use paracord to hang my bear bag (PCT Style) and it would always get caught on debris. This stuff works perfectly and runs smoothly over branches and bark. Bright color also helps finding it when its dark out.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's fine! It's rope! I used this cord to set up a makeshift rain fly with a tarp--and my picture of our campsite got to the top of r/camping! Now I can die peacefully and happy, having accomplished an arbitrary goal I didn't know I had until after I achieved it! As for the cord itself--It's fine! It was an impulse buy near the register the day before a camping trip. You could always use some utility cord, right? I don't think it performs particularly better or worse than utility cord you could get anywhere else, but it works just fine.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet! I've used utility cord for several decades, mostly as tent lines and tarp lines. My family teases me about this and sometimes gives me a 50-ft. package for my birthday. I just finished using my first package of the PMI 3-mm cord, which REI recently began to carry. This stuff is great! It is quite a jump in quality from the REI branded product that REI formerly sold, and is an outstanding value for the price. The color is an added bonus.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for backpacking I bought this utility cord because I didn't want to cut my "nice" cord, but needed it to tie up my tarp. Hammocking in the rain is a nightmare if your equipment isn't reliable, but this utility cord is reliable. I got our first campsite and cut the cord into 5 different 10-ft pieces. Even though the blade was relatively dull, the cord barely frayed at all. It held up nicely in a heavy rain and was able to quickly pack it and go. Probably the best value of any utility cord I've come across.
Date published: 2016-10-02
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I know this is not rated for climbing purposes. However, would this work well as a pull line for long rappels?

Asked by: antoniocal
Since this item is not designed for climbing and rappelling, we cannot recommend this for your intended use.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-09

I need to know is it indeed only 3mm, and what is the test strength, (lb's)?

Asked by: stuart
This utility cord measures 3mm (0.125 inches) in diameter. The cord strength is 400 force pounds (1.8 kN).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-15

Is this cord polyester?

Asked by: Steve the Steve
The 3mm Utility Cord has a polyester sheath and a nylon core.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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