I own a lot of paracord. I mean there are bunches, bundles, and spools all over the place. Don’t even get me started on the number of ranger bracelets and other braids I’ve made and having lying around. So, when Gearward sent us some of their Compact Survival Cord – Mini Technora to test out, I couldn’t wait to put it to good use!
If you’re not familiar with Technora, it’s 8 times stronger than steel by weight. It maintains its strength up to 800 degrees fahrenheit, and it is totally resistant to acids, alkalis, and seawater. According to Rearward, “Basically, Technora line is Kevlar on steroids.”
Gearward’s Compact Survival Cord – Mini Technora is a braided Technora line that comes in a 25′ pocket sized spool. The spool measures 2 3/8″ by 5/8″ and weighs in at just 22 grams. The main benefit to Technora is that it is stronger and more durable than standard 550 cord at less than half the diameter. It’s small footprint and compactness allows you to carry significantly more Technora in your pack or on your person than traditional paracord.
In addition to being strong and compact, Technora line is also extremely heat-resistant. This allows it to be a used as a friction saw for cutting through things like flex handcuffs and PVC pipe. A piece of 1.5″ PVC can be sawed through in about 30 seconds. I tested the strength and heat resistance on a recent hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I attempted to use the Compact Survival Cord to saw through a small limb for firewood, and also a piece of bamboo.
The Technora made a big dent, but it’s important to note that this isn’t its intended purpose. I wanted to illustrate how strong the cord was and how it would preform under heat build up. You wouldn’t go about sawing through a tree with 550 cord, would you? While the Technora got extremely hot in the process, it didn’t deteriorate at all. I was impressed! That being said, if you need to cut through material other than PVC or other similar items, I might recommend adding a small pocket saw to your EDC.
Overall, I’m very impressed with Gearward’s Compact Survival Cord – Mini Technora. If you have a “go bag” or keep survival items on hand to stay prepared, I would definitely recommend adding some to your kit. Even if you don’t have a “go bag”, I can think of multiple instances were having some of this around would be quite handy. Gearward sells the Compact Survival Cord – Mini Technora for $10 and it’s available through their website. They also have some really nice examples on other applications and uses of the mini Technora on their product page.