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MaterialsSurvival Straps use military issue 550# test paracord for its Apple Watch Strap. Each strap is custom-made to fit and the company offers 49 color options. Depending on your measurements, each Apple Watch Strap includes roughly 12 feet of useable paracord. Marine grade 316 stainless steel is used for the closure and is guaranteed to never rust or break. You can choose either a clevis pin or screw pin for the closure and Survival Straps also includes a break-away pin. You can choose either Silver or Black for the lugs (the hardware that connects the straps to your watch). I tested out the Silver lugs which match my Stainless Steel Apple Watch (there doesn’t seem to be a matte finish option for the Silver lugs for now). The Black lugs look like they will match the Space Gray Apple Watch Sport, although I haven’t seen that color in person.
BuildBeyond material quality and getting a custom fit, another aspect that sets Survival Straps apart the from competition is that they are all handmade in the U.S.A. The build quality is really solid and makes me feel confident it will be able to handle lots of wear and tear with no problem. In the event that you need to use the paracord, you can deploy it by hand with a few forceful tugs on the ends. If you have to use your Survival Strap in an emergency, the company will replace it for free (just send in your story and $5 for shipping).
In UseAs Survival Straps mentions in the owner’s manual, a brand new paracord strap will be quite rigid and stiff at first and will soften up over time with use. With the initial strap rigidity and the shackle style closure, it can be a bit tricky to put on this strap at first. After mine softened up a bit and with a little practice, I found it wasn’t much harder than putting on Apple’s Sport Band. One trick that made it easier for me was putting the clevis pin through one side of the shackle, then using one hand to line up the other side while pulling both straps together with the other hand. While you’ll get a custom fit strap based on the measurements you give Survival Straps, you still get some flexibility with how tight you’d like to wear your Apple Watch; each shackle has 3 holes to choose from. If your wrist measurement is in-between the available sizes, Survival Straps recommends rounding down to the nearest size.
ConclusionWhether you love the look and feel of paracord or have been looking for a durable and robust Apple Watch band option, Survival Straps’ handmade, customizable Apple Watch Strap is a good value at $49.99 and is available for both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches. This article is as it appears on 9to5 Mac on 5/29/2017.
- Owning what we do and building the highest quality, toughest, coolest, expedition-ready gear.
- Making our products right here in America.
- Being a Family Style run business.
- Supporting the brave Men and Women in uniform who keep us free and safe.
The Helo Rescue Bracelet is Here!Survival Straps® is fired up to launch one of the coolest products we have ever created. This is the Helo Rescue Bracelet, inspired by all of our friends and family in the military who have spent a portion of their service in and out of helicopters. Survival Straps® has partnered with one of America’s top, outside the box, jewelry designers to create this special piece of gear. The Rescue Bracelet is made from the actual cable and a replica of the hook used on the hoist mechanism found on most helicopters. This is an extremely durable, stunning, high quality, and very unique statement piece. This initial launch is a LIMITED EDITION. We are offering this at introductory pricing to our current customers only. Each limited edition bracelet from this initial launch will be engraved with a limited edition number. For the past 9 years, Survival Straps has manufactured the highest quality paracord products here in America. We have always believed in using the best materials and putting out the highest quality product. The Helo Rescue Bracelet is no exception. You are going to love this special piece of gear! For more information and to order, visit: www.survivalstraps.com
Support our Law Enforcement and Firefighters!
On 9/11, America lost 343 firefighters and 60 policemen. That doesn’t count all of the first responders who currently suffer or have died since from 9/11 related illnesses, and all those who have been wounded or lost in the line of duty. At Survival Straps®, we believe in giving our full support to our first responders.
Today, Survival Straps® adds our newest support product: Back the Blue & Red. This product shows the strength of the partnership between law enforcement and firefighters, and allows you to show your support for both.
We support our law enforcement and firefighters because they believe in America, and have unwavering and selfless passion to help serve our families and our communities. They put their lives at risk EVERY DAY. When we run from danger, they run towards it to help us, knowing that it may cost them their lives. We thank God every day for these brave men and women,
Get yourself or someone you love a Back the Blue & Red Survival Bracelet™, Key Fob, or Neck ID Lanyard, and wear it proudly to show your support of America’s law enforcement officers and firefighters. Please get involved in supporting your local law enforcement and firefighters. It does not have to be complicated. Drop cookies off at your local police station or firehouse. Donate to your local police station or firehouse’s charity. Pay for lunch when you see them at a restaurant and leave them a little note of encouragement. Even something as simple as stopping to shake their hand and say ‘Thank You for serving our community’ can go a long way to encourage them and really make a difference. We all must stand together as Americans to support these brave men and women.
Excellent Fox News National Health article written by Melinda Carstensen.http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/20/wearable-technology-may-improve-sleep-endurance-and-chronic-pain/
Wearable technology may improve sleep, endurance and chronic painSixty-three-year-old David Baker made a living driving tractor trailers in the South for 40 years. But when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006, the condition meant the days he could still operate the equipment, much less walk without stumbling, were numbered. Baker went on disability two years after his diagnosis, at which point he began to rely on a walker. Today, however, Baker can stand strong, most often without assistance— a capability due in large part, he said, to a bracelet infused with pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT) that he has worn since 2013. Baker is one of about 30,000 people worldwide who is using the device, which was created by Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.-based company Active Edge. PEMF works by pulsing electromagnetic waves through the body to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. PEMFT has been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for decades, but Active Edge said its products are the first to offer these health benefits via wearable technology. Gainesville, Fla.-based InBalance Technologies created the specialized PEMF technology that can be infused into fabric, and began collaborating with Active Edge CEO and founder Kurt Walchle after being introduced by a mutual contact through the Navy Seal Foundation. Walchle and his wife, Melissa, had made a name for themselves in the U.S. military community for their success with Survival Straps, the couple’s previous venture which has resulted in the sale of over 1 million paracord bracelets— multipurpose bands that can be used to create shelter, traps for food, fire and more if the wearer is stranded in the outdoors— in the past six years. The Walchles began that company about eight years ago. When Walchle heard about the potential business opportunity with InBalance, he was skeptical. But when he tested the technology himself and began sleeping better, having reduced pain in his elbow and more endurance while running, he was sold, and decided to embed the technology in the same material used to make Survival Straps. “Our Survival Straps products have been credited with saving lives,” Walchle told FoxNews.com. “Then this technology comes along, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, is this for real? What an incredible way that we can not just help people when there’s an emergency and they really need it, but we can improve people’s quality of life.’ I thought, ‘What a gift.’” Putting Active Edge to the test Active Edge offers PEMFT through its necklace and performance bracelet, each which are sold on its website for about $60, as well as through its fusion belt, which goes for about $65. For now, its products are marketed as performance enhancers, but the company is working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to conduct separate clinical trials that can provide scientific evidence that the devices also reduce inflammation and offer a direct medical benefit. By testing its products through the DoD, Active Edge is aiming to avoid the time and money often involved in earning FDA approval— a process that could cost millions of dollars and upwards of 10 years, Walchle said. Over the past four years, Active Edge has run about 25 independent clinical trials involving nearly 2,500 men and women between ages 18 and 82. Tests suggest the product results in a 17 percent average increase in range of motion, a 12 percent average increase in grip strength, an 8 percent average reduction in fatigue with an increase in REM restorative sleep time, and a 23 percent increase in oxygen intake. Two separate, small clinical trials have been conducted at the University of Florida Shands Hospital in an effort to show the technology has an effect on blood flow and inflammation with thermal imaging evidence. Robert Erickson, medical director of Gainesville Thermogarphy, in Gainesville, Fla., who supervised the studies at the University of Florida, said both trials revealed the technology changed temperature differentials and resulted in thermal imaging differences in study participants who wore them. “In some way, this electromagnetic energy is interacting indirectly or directly with the sympathetic nervous system, which is part of the involuntary nervous system,” Erickson told FoxNews.com. The involuntary nervous system ends at the dermatome, located on the skin’s surface, which can be analyzed with thermography to study inflammation in different parts of the body including the spine, the liver and the kidneys, Erickson said. Thermography looks at temperature changes due to sympathetic nervous system changes. “Unlike an X-ray that penetrates through the organ, [with thermography], you can get a view of what’s going on inside the body,” Erickson said. During the first trial, a double-blind study, Erickson and a thermographer had four people wear headbands. Two headbands were treated and two were not. The thermographer took the participants’ thermal images at baseline three minutes prior to putting on the headbands and again three minutes after wearing them. After a separate medical company interpreted the findings, results suggested thermal changes and decreases in temperature differentials among people wearing both the untreated and treated headband, but that those changes were most statistically significant among those people wearing the treated version. In a follow-up study involving an additional seven patients, Erickson analzyed how the technology affected thermal imaging on certain parts of the body when pulsed through other material: T-shirts, socks and wristbands. He and the thermographer used digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) scans of people not wearing the treated technology as a baseline to compare imaging before and after wearing the devices. Participants wore the treated devices anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight, and again— this time through their own analysis— Erickson noted statistically significant differences in thermal imaging and temperature with the various materials. “We’re ultimately composed of atoms,” Erickson said. “The electromagnetic environment can have a physiological effect on the body.” None of the participants in either study reported any adverse side effects from the devices, nor did they feel the electromagnetic currents being generated through the material. The research involving Active Edge’s embedded technology has not been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal. The future of Active Edge The DoD is currently testing Active Edge technology and the preliminary results are “outstanding,” Walchle said, but, due to a confidentiality agreement, he could not reveal more information. “We’ve figured out how to shoot radio frequencies at a product that will attach to the cell wall and stay within the product— and that’s a big deal,” Walchle said. Walchle added that while the FDA has approved the use of PEMF devices that can be used only about 200 times, some Active Edge products have six-year-old technology that still work. As the DoD continues to test the technology, Active Edge is aiming to have at least a half of a million products on the market within the next year, Walchle said. For now, the company is preparing to release its next product, the Active Edge Sleep Shirt, online Wednesday. The shirts will be sold for $49. Walchle, who said he’s struggled with restlessness since he can remember, falls asleep quicker and stays asleep more soundly with Active Edge technology. “I’ll sleep seven to eight hours now, and it is the craziest thing to me,” said Walchle, who added that the company’s independently run clinical trials suggest 80 percent of the people who wear the devices notice improved sleep. Paul Tesori, of Ponte Vedra, Fla., has spent his entire life playing golf and the past 15 years caddying. Tesori told FoxNews.com that his Active Edge bracelet has reduced joint pain and helped increase the fluidity of his golf swing. “I made a ‘1’ the other day and said if I break seven today, I’ll become a part owner,” Tesori, 43, joked. Philip Gordon, 54, of Gainesville, Fla., works at a local country club and enjoys playing basketball in his spare time. He’s been wearing the Active Edge bracelet for about a year. “When I don’t have it on, it seems like I get tired quicker,” he said. “When I put it on, it seems like I can play longer … and from my energy level, it seems like I get a second wind.” As for Baker, the former tractor trailer driver, the technology has reduced his tremors so much that he seldom uses his walker anymore. He has also been able to change the oil in his pickup truck and even rebuild the deck in his backyard. “I’m doing more,” Baker told FoxNews.com. “I’m more energetic now, and I know that I won’t stumble and fall. I’ve got more confidence now.”
Survival Straps® launched a new product today! Introducing our Custom Deer Antler Gear: Now available on regular survival bracelets, key fobs, and neck cord; these products are made with an authentic piece of white-tailed deer antler, laser engraved with one of three designs. Each piece of deer antler is unique, giving our customers a truly custom Survival Strap. Deer Antler products are offered in all of the great Survival Straps® colors, and are MADE IN AMERICA!The NEW Survival Straps® Deer Antler Survival Bracelet is a very cool new style that has all the same great features of our regular Survival Bracelet, with a custom laser engraved authentic piece of Whitetail deer antler. Bracelets contain up to 15’ of super strong, AUTHENTIC, 550 test military spec paracord in a huge selection of colors. This is not the same paracord you see sold in most stores. This is the same cordage used to rig military parachutes. It is the real deal. The NEW Survival Straps® Deer Antler Key Fob contains up to 6’ of paracord, in single or dual colors, with a choice of more than 40 color options. The key fob is built with a small ring embedded in one end. A 1” key ring is included and attached to this. This allows the key fob to sit flat while in a pocket. The NEW Survival Straps® Deer Antler Neck Cord is low profile and a great way to show off the custom engraved deer antler piece. In a choice of 2 sizes, each neck cord is made with a breakaway closure for safety. The deer antler pendant is free floating on a stainless ring. In an emergency, the paracord from a bracelet or key fob can be unraveled to deploy for use. Make a tourniquet. Tie down a piece of equipment. It can be used however it is needed. If it is used in an emergency, we’ll replace it for free in exchange for the story and the rights to publish it. Survival Straps® fans and customers who belong to a hunt camp, and want to get all the members a custom deer antler product with their camp’s logo? We can do that, and with no set up fee, if they buy a minimum of 5 products! Contact [email protected] for details. Deer Antler Gear can be found in the Hunting section of the Survival Straps® website: https://www.survivalstraps.com/collections-hunting-collection