Rattlerstrap Paracord Belt: for Diehard Survival Dudes

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

One of the hardest and most time consuming pieces of gear to improvise in a survival situation is cordage. So I want as much as of the best quality paracord on me at all times and there’s no more convenient and easy to carry way to take 550 paracrod along than to wear a paracord belt on your waist.

In all my research I have not found a paracord belt that has more paracord woven together than the 100’ that comprises my Rattlerstrap Paracord Belt.

Let’s Take a Look… 

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

The Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival Belt comes in 3 stock colors… black, brown and camo… And they make a limited number in my favorite color – OD Green.

Each belt is handmade-to-order in Idaho in the good old US of A by a family-run company.  The company weaves each strap out of commercial-grade, Type 3, 7-strand 550-pound paracord that’s manufactured in the USA.

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

NOW my belt is sized for a 34 inch waist — and when taken apart includes: 1 buckle (THAT I’ll talk about in a minute) 2 – ten-foot (or 3 meter paracord lengths) and 2 forty-foot (or 12 meter paracord) lengths… for a total of almost exactly 100 feet (or 30 meters)… which, when pulled apart into its 7 strands and outer casing… equals about 800 feet of usable cordage or over 2 1/2 football or soccer fields….

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

800 feet (or about 243 meters) is a lot of strong and usable cordage for camp, bushcraft and survival tasks.

Tight and Tough Weave

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

My Rattlerstrap came tightly woven and has stayed this way through nearly 8 months of daily use.

AND, because of the crossing center weave… that goes from the buckle to the tail (which they call the rattle)… the belt is adjustable in about quarter inch (or 6 millimeter) increments for its entire length.

So, you’ll never have to poke EXTRA holes into your belt to fit a larger or smaller waist… which is especially good for me around Christmas time… if you know what I mean.

The Buckle

Rattlerstrap paracord belt
The pin-style buckle has a matte finish and is made out of titanium (so it may go through some security check points undetected – although I have never tested this)… AND titanium is very resistant to corrosion, about as strong as stainless steel and yet around half the weight.

Belt Size
The belt itself is around a quarter-inch thick and has a width of around 1 1/2 inches (or 3.8 centimeters)… so it fits in most of my pants.

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

However, because of the thickness of the rattle end… which is nearly 1/2 inch (or 1.3 centimeter)… It can be a problem putting the belt through SOME kydex knife sheaths with narrow belt loops… Nylon and leather sheaths or Kydex-style sheaths with a belt clip are usually NOT a problem.

Comfort and Carry

Rattlerstrap paracord belt
Now I have found my Rattlerstrap to be the most comfortable belt that I own… so it’s become part of my EDC kit since I wear it all the time – all day – even with a pretty sizable load attached.

And because the belt is adjustable in 1/4 inch increments I can easily tweak the size during the day to increase comfort… like right after a BIG meal.

Tough Belt

Rattlerstrap paracord belt
To test the toughness of this belt, I wore it for the entire 40 days of recent survival training… and it held up just fine which was a good thing because I didn’t take a spare.

Lifetime Guarantee

Rattlerstrap paracord belt
Let’s say you HAVE to take your belt apart in an emergency or survival situation… NO worries… all you have to do is tell the folks at Rattlerstrap what happened and send them your buckle (if you still have it) and they will make you a NEW survival belt… FREE of charge. PLUS they stand by their belts with a Guarantee for Life.

Now Let’s Take a Look at Owner Reviews…
The Rattlerstrap Paracord Belt has an Amazon customer review rating of 5 out of 5 stars (at the time of this review), even though this belt is a bit pricy for those on a tight budget (with a street price that usually falls between $99 to $120 US.

Owners often comment on the price but in the context of how this belt is worth every penny due to its classy design, excellent craftsmanship and how well it holds up even under hard use.

On the down side… the Rattlerstrap IS a bit pricey compared to some other paracord belts.  So for sure, I don’t blame you if you balk at its price.

Bison Designs Belt

Bison paracord belt
There are some trade-offs, but I’ve found a good alternate paracord belt for the price-sensitive. The Bison Designs Double Cobra Paracord Belt.

The major differences between these 2 belts are that the Bison belt has a much smaller – square gunmetal finish buckle opposed to the rectangular titanium buckle of the Rattlerstrap.

Plus the Bison Designs belt definitely has a LOT looser weave and contains 30% less paracord at about 70 feet (or 21 meters)…. versus 100 feet (or around 30 meters) that is in the Rattlerstrap.

You can even see around the Bison Belt buckle only 6 wraps of paracord around buckle base verse 8 wraps around the base of the Rattlerstrap buckle.

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

This all equates to a much tighter weave on the Rattlerstrap making it a better choice as a gear-toting tactical / survival belt.

I don’t know what the guarantee policy is on the Bison Belt – or how it will hold up over time… but it seems like a pretty good belt so far and retails between $50 and $60 US at the time of this review.

So if you’re looking for a good paracord belt – that you don’t have to make yourself… you’ll have to decide whether you are willing to pay a bit more for the titanium buckle, more paracord, a sturdier belt AND the lifetime guarantee that comes with the Rattlerstrap.

If you’re looking for more of a tactical or gun belt – check out the Blackhawk Instructor’s Gun Belt… or the 5.11 Double Duty TDU Belt.

 Blackhawk and TDU belts

So Who’s the Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival Belt For?

Rattlerstrap paracord belt
The Rattlerstrap is a handsome, premium, US-made, wear-everyday, paracord survival belt (with a lifetime guarantee) that is designed for rough use – and those who want a premium strap around their waist that won’t fail to keep their pants up, when the chips are down.
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Bonus Tip
Paracord is great for survival, camping and general utility tasks… BUT if you’re not totally sure why paracord is such a great survival tool to have on you at all times… see my Survival Quick Tips Video called Paracord Basics

Additional Considerations
It seems like everyone loves paracord these days… There’s a sense of accomplishment in weaving your own paracord gear AND a feeling of being prepared that comes with wearing a paracord bracelet or belt.

But I’ve found that most pre-made paracord gear is made cheaply in Asia and with lower-quality paracord and components, so when I was looking for a good paracord belt last year that would survive the rigors of every day use AND survival situations… I could not ignore the fantastic nearly perfect reviews of the Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival Belt and decided to give one a try.

After nearly 8 months of continuous and, at times, hard use in the field… I have NO regrets.
What is Paracord and Why is it Such a Good Survival Tool?

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

Well, Type 3 paracord is lightweight, yet VERY strong and has a minimum strength of 550 pounds (or about 250 kilograms). It consists of 7 inner yarns (that are often called the “GUTS”)… and each yarn is made up of 3 smaller strands)… The guts are enclosed in a braided nylon casing that is tough and resistant to wear.

The beauty of paracord is that it can be used as is or pulled apart to use the individual strands and casing separately.

So… with 7 inner yarns and the outer casing… a length of 10 feet of paracord… becomes 80 feet of usable cordage when pulled apart.

Rattlerstrap paracord belt
Bonus Tip
Since improvising cordage in the field can be VERY time consuming, wearing a quality paracord belt everyday is a simple way to give yourself an advantage if things should ever go from bad to worse.

Because the buckle is titanium, the belt should make it through TSA metal detectors, however I have taken mine off at check points… I usually carry on enough other gear that raises eyebrows of TSA agents… so… there’s no use making matters worse.

Rattlerstrap paracord belt

We’ve just taken a look at the Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival Belt. Hope it’s been a help to you in evaluating how you can avail yourself of more carry-on cordage!

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7 Responses to “Rattlerstrap Paracord Belt: for Diehard Survival Dudes”

  • Rohayes

    A bit repetitive but ussful. I did’t notes a link to the manufacture of the Rattlerstrap belt. perhaps it was an oversight on my part. If you could provide info as how I mite be able to reach this manufacture I would be greatful.

  • Ramon Perez

    Thank you very much for the review… Im new to paracord and a very avid outdoors enthusiasts.

    I have to confess and admit your revoews are the best. I found you on YouTube reviewing Gerbers BearGryills knives. And randomly stumbled upon the best Amazon review ever… turned out to be yours.

    Then while browsing for a paracord belt to make I find this and didnt notice it was ULTIMATE SURVIVAL TIPS until I saw your ratting. By the way The Beretta Nano review was impresive also.

    Nothing to say other than thanks for your experience and Insight and keep up the awesome work!!! Greetings from the Dominican Republic.

    • Carin

      Thank you, Ramon. Your words are truly a great encouragement. Have a blessed Christmas!

  • josh schickert

    I ordered one of your belts about a year ago,I love the belt but had some medical stuff go on I lost a lot of wait . I was wondering could I send it back and have you make it smaller? I ordered a 30 inch waist could I go down to a 28 or 27 inch waist?

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