I just love it when a cool product is also so practical. When I first discovered Rescue Bands I loved them for their style. Colorful bracelets, funky looking key chains. Love that stuff. But the fact that these bands can also go so far as to save your life in the case of an emergency makes them a fantastic product. If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer idea, read on!
Rescue Bands are made in the U.S.A. I always prefer to buy products made here in the states. Rescue Bands are designed, distributed, and sold in Tampa, Florida.
They use paracord to create unique, stylish accessories that double as multi-functional survival gear. Okay, let me break that down for you. You see Rescue Bands, you see cool bracelets, key chains, lanyards, even collars for your pets. But there’s more than meets the eye. Rescue Bands are made of paracord and when they’re unraveled they can serve a variety of uses, some of which might just help you out in an emergency situation.
So what is paracord? It was originally used in US parachutes back in WWII. Once we realized all the uses of this stuff, we sent it to space in 1997 during the Hubble Telescope Repair mission. Today lots of adventurers and better-safe-than-sorry-ers recognize the strength and functionality of paracord. Rescue Bands has found an awesome way to make it easy to take with you everywhere so you always have a back up plan.
What can you do with an unraveled Rescue Band paracord? Well, it holds a total of 550lbs. so if you pull yourself out of a messy situation it won’t let you down. Here are a few things you can use it for:
- Tie your trunk closed if it’s too full to shut
- Fishing line
- Make a clothesline
- Use it as a dog leash
- Keep a group of people together in a river/water
- Tie a sling
- Tow rope
The uses are really endless, whatever you can come up with! Within the cord there are seven strands of individual cord. The outer sheath holds a total of 200lbs. and each of those seven inner cords hold 50lbs. for a combined total of 550lbs. The bracelets also unravel to give you 20ft. of cord. If you need a longer piece, attach those inner strands to get a total of 70ft. of rope. Pretty awesome, right?
I had the opportunity to review one of these Glo and Strobe Key Chains. I love this thing! I have it attached to my keys so not only do I always have the paracord with me in case of emergency, I also have a light. I use this quite often, trying to find something in the dark in my car, finding the correct key to unlock my door if I get home late, even finding something that’s buried in my bottomless purse. If you click the light once, you get a steady light. Click it twice for a flashing strobe. That’s super handy to have in case of emergency.
One thing I really like about these Rescue Bands, other than their unique style and amazing functionality, is that they’re comfortable. You might thing they’re stiff and wiry or rough, but they’re not. They’re strong but flexible and smooth, so they’re comfortable to wear on your wrist. And yet another really cool thing about this company: If you have to deploy your Rescue Band in an emergency, share your photo or story on their website and they’ll replace your Rescue Band for free!
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend or family member, maybe someone adventurous on your list, check out the variety of accessories at Rescue Band. Their products come in over 40 colors and a range of styles. Be sure to follow Rescue Band on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about their latest products and promotions.
Rescue Band is generously giving one of my readers this Black Beaded Bracelet (value $20)! This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ and will end on October 29, 2012 at 12 midnight ET. You can enter to win [HERE]. Good luck!
I was provided with a complimentary Rescue Band to facilitate this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.