The first time I saw a “survival bracelet” on a buddy’s wrist I was intrigued. I had to ask him about it, it looked so cool and I hadn’t seen anything like it before. When he told me it was a survival bracelet and it was made up of 7’ of paracord, I asked him how he planned to survive with that. To which he replied he couldn’t but it sure did look cool.
I am an avid outdoorsman/hunter and spend the majority of the year out in nature. My purpose for spending so much time outdoors beyond the fact that I love it, is that I run a small NPO, Living Off The Land, that uses wild game meat to feed low income families and homeless across the US. I feel right at home in the back country but even with all the survival training I have had, 7’ of paracord would not save my life if I was in a dire situation.
So my brother (also an outdoorsman) and I set out to improve the basic survival bracelet into something that anyone wearing it would have everything they need on their wrist to withstand the wrath of Mother Nature. That is how the Alpha Strap was born.
Our first improvement was changing out the traditional plastic clasp. While it makes them cheaper/easier to make and put on, doesn’t assist in a survival situation. We replaced it with a locking carabineer that holds up to 300 lbs. Then we added more cordage by increasing the usual 7’ to approximately 17’ of 550 lb paracord.
To ensure that we could get a spark to start a fire, we devised a way to hide a farrell rod along with a razor blade inside the bracelet. After successfully doing this and realizing we had more room for more survival items, we brainstormed on what else we wanted to add.
We knew we could get a spark, but what about a flame? So we included part of a cotton ball with Neosporin in a water proof bag. This serves as a dual purpose for disinfecting a cut and also getting a sustainable flame (if a spark hits the feathered out cotton ball with Neosporin you will get a flame that will last a while).
In survival situations, potable water can be the difference between life and death. To guarantee that we would be able to have clean purified water, we included water purification tablets. Now we can purify up to 2 liters of water.
While I am not a good fisherman, my brother is and he insisted that we include everything needed to catch some fish (or set snares, stitch up a cut). Inside the bracelet are 3 hooks (2 bait, 1 small fly), 2 split shot sinkers and 20’ of 6 lb Spiderwire flourocarbon fishing line.
Much of what we put in here could be used in a wide variety of situations depending on your skill, knowledge and imagination. The more you familiarize yourself with these products the greater your odds of survival.
If this project gets funded, we will put together many in depth videos detailing how to use each product.
List of items included in this bracelet:
17 feet of 550 paracord
300 lb locking carabineer
20 feet of Spiderwire 6 lb flourocarbon fishing line
2 split shot sinkers
3 fishing hooks
Water proof bag with a cotton ball and Neosporin
12” of Electrical tape
2 water purification tablets
Risks and challenges
The process of putting these bracelets together by hand is a bit tedious but after beating our heads against a wall for the better part of two years, we finally have a system together that expedites the process. One major challenge was making the bracelet look like it wasn’t an overstuffed suitcase with random bulges and products busting out of it. We have now mastered it and it looks no different than a typical cobra knot bracelet (we promise that the goodies are inside). To try and keep the cost down on these bracelets, ordering all of the interior components in bulk is an absolute must or else there would be no way to cost effectively mass produce these.
I would absolutely love to share this product with the world as I believe this bracelet can and will save peoples’ lives. A friend of mine dubbed it “the least expensive life insurance policy he can buy”. I never take mine off of my wrist and I pray that I will never be in the situation where I have to use it, but it is extremely comforting to know that if I do end up in an unfortunate situation, I will have the tools at my disposal to make it out alive!
No, once it is unwound it would be near impossible to redo the braid back over it because of the length of the cordage. The braid is made with 20 feet of cordage and once the braid is completed, we cut off the excess. That excess allows us to pull it tight and have leverage when tying it. Without that you would need tweezers and would be near impossible.
There will be a disclaimer on the packaging advising not too as it is illegal to carry a razorblade on the plane. However, it is legal to put it in your checked luggage. So Alpha Strap officially request you’re you “check” your bracelet and not wear it.
That being said, I personally have not had any trouble flying with it. I have flown over 10 times in the last 2 years with it purposely on just to see if it would set it off or cause a problem, even put it through the x ray and have not had a single issue. I have also worn it through the metal detector going onto a cruise ship, into a government building, into a concert and it has never set it off. I never take mine off because I don’t want to need it and not have it. If you do choose to break the law, you do so at your own risk.