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Our Apple Watch Straps receive glowing review from 9 to 5 Mac editor Michael Potuck!

9 to 5 Mac editor Michael Potuck does a big review of the Survival Straps Apple Watch Strap. Below is the full article as it was written on 5/29/2017.  For the last few weeks I’ve been testing out the Apple Watch Strap by Survival Straps which is made with a mix of paracord and high quality stainless steel. While there are lots of cheap watch bands on the market, Survival Straps’ deliberate approach with custom craftsmanship and quality materials makes this product worth looking at.


Survival 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.


Beyond 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 Use

As 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.


Whether 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.
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Survival Straps Welcomes in 2017 with our NEW Elite Collection!

How is Survival Straps welcoming in the New Year?  Well, let’s just say we’re stepping it up!  We’ve been listening to our customers and taking great notes.  We are very proud to announce the NEW Survival Straps Elite Collection!  The Survival Straps® Elite collection takes our craftsmanship and our products to a whole new level. Using premium materials such as solid brass, copper, sterling silver, and 14 carat gold, matched with authentic, military type III 550 paracord, we have created amazing higher end statement pieces. Each product is an original design created with extreme attention to quality and detail. It’s a heartfelt journey to bring each and every piece in the Elite collection to life. Follow this link to see a visual on some of the steps taken in creating each piece:  While Survival Straps prides itself on offering quality product options for everyone, the Survival Straps Elite collection is meant for those who appreciate unique, premium quality statement pieces with cutting edge designs and supreme Handmade American artistry and craftsmanship. All the items in this collection are truly amazing and we are very proud to offer them to you.  We hope you enjoy the Survival Straps® Elite collection. Many new Elite designs will be added throughout the coming weeks and months, so please keep an eye on this page!

The Customer is Always Right!

It’s 2017 and Survival Straps is celebrating 10 years of providing paracord products to the most wonderful customers across the nation!  While we have learned much throughout these years of service, one of the most important is our customers are always right!  We are incredibly thankful for your feedback, product suggestions, loyalty, and support!   Thank you for your feedback! Most feedback we receive from customers is positive; however, on occasion we received “suggestive” feedback.  We always love to hear from happy customers, but are grateful as well for customers that provide critiques on the products they receive.  This has helped us grow and improve! Thank you for your product suggestions! We receive phone calls and emails on a daily basis providing us with new product suggestions.  Keep the suggestions coming!  We listen.  In the last year, we have added additional Bullet Collection products, increased our Lanyard Collection, and added a Limited Edition and Elite Collection….just to mention a few! Thank you for your loyalty! “These are top quality pieces!  I have 3 of their thin blue line bracelets!”  ~ Jerry S. “My son just got his new medical bracelet in the mail. This is his second one but only because I changed my #. The first one is still in excellent condition after 3 years. Survival Straps are our favorite!!!!!”  ~Alice S. Thank you for your support! “I’ve ordered a lot of these straps. Christian straps for sure. Keep giving them away. Praise Jesus. Just ordered this new one (Shield of Faith) in brass. Can’t wait to receive it!  Plus one already in process. This company is right on every time. Will not buy anywhere else. Love you guys and always praying for your success. God bless this company.”  ~ Thomas M.  “The Black Diamond Helo Rescue Bracelet sets a nice contrast against my stainless Rolex GMT Master-II. The new bracelet truly is badass!”  ~ Adam R. “Received mine today. Absolutely amazing!  Love it and worth the money!!” ~ Duane S. Survival Straps maintains its beliefs:
  • 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.
It has been our pleasure to provide you with ever expanding collections.  Whether you are an outdoorsman wanting to make sure you are always equipped with our survival gear in case of an emergency, a patient in need of customized medical alert products, or a Survival Strap’s fan loving our original statement pieces, we are proud to be in such fine company.  We thank you for your continued support and look forward to the next 10 years!  Thank you for always being right!
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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:   
By Survival Straps | | Bracelet, Helicopter, Helo, Jewelry, Rescue, Stainless Steel, Survival Straps | Read more

Active Edge Received Great Review on Gear Diary!

Active Edge Technology is available as an add-on option for all Survival Straps products.  Below is an excerpt from a great review on Gear Diary.  A Skeptics review of Active Edge by Dan Cohen. When I first heard about Active Edge, I was skeptical. Carly had written about them some time ago, and her review left me curious. When I was offered an Active Edge shirt to try, I wasn’t sure what my experience might be. This post holds my subjective thoughts on the product. As someone who deals with Rheumatoid Arthritis, my inflammatory disease is largely under control, but it has left me with a fused right wrist. Despite the collections of medications I take to control it, frequent swelling my ankles and hands. Active Edge claims to help with that inflammation. This is achieved by Active Edge products being embedded with a proprietary electromagnetic frequency technology specifically geared to fight inflammation…….  ……….Thus far I have no doubt this review sounds like an infomercial for Active Edge products. I’m not aiming for that, but all of that information was necessary for me to explain why, when I read the website after receiving a $64.99 review sample shirt, I became suspicious and was slow to review the product. Into my review queue it went, and there it stayed for some time. Fast forward many weeks, and I reread the website. It makes lofty claims and, while I was still suspicious, I decided to see if the shirt actually DID improve my sleep. So, one night late spring, I pulled the review sample out of the drawer and put it on before heading to bed for the night. Most days I don’t sleep particularly well and, when I wake up in the morning, I am remarkably stiff for the first twenty to thirty minutes. The first morning after sleeping in the Active Edge shirt, I found that I not only had slept better than usual, but I also had little to no morning stiffness. I assumed, however, that this was a case of the placebo effect. So I slept another night in the shirt and had the same results. And I started to wonder… Is it possible that there actually IS something to the company’s claims? After a few more days with the same impact, I went to the company site and ordered two more of their products, a black nylon bracelet for $69.99 and a black nylon necklace for $69.99. They were pricey, but I was actually starting to believe the claims made on the website. Both arrived a few days later. The necklace is a bit too thick and rigid for me to wear comfortably, but the bracelet was a different story. I began wearing it all day and sleeping in the Active Edge shirt at night, and I noticed a significant diminishing of the pain in my wrists during the day. And on the days when I have not worn the bracelet, a conscious choice to see if it made a difference, I’ve noticed a significant increase in stiffness and pain. Color me surprised. Now look, I am totally open to the possibility that most of what I have experienced being largely the power of suggestion or the placebo effect. Still, since I feel better when I wear the bracelet and/or sleep in the shirt, I’m not going to argue. Long story short, the company can add one more fan to their growing list of people who appreciate their products. But while I’m a fan, I make no claims to confirm the company promises. For that, you will have to try the products yourself. That’s easy since they offer a decent guarantee and, if you aren’t satisfied, you can return the products for up to 30 days. We at Active Edge, strongly believe in the quality of our products. We want you to be 100 percent satisfied. Check your gear out once it arrives and if this is not the case, please contact our customer service team and we will make it right. We gladly accept exchanges or returns of unwashed, unworn or defective merchandise within 30 days of receiving your purchase. I’m personally a fan, and I will keep wearing Active Edge’s products. In fact, since they make a dog collar, I’m going to see if I can get a sample of that for our new puppy who arrives later this week. Check them out here. Source: Manufacturer review sample of the Active Edge shirt and personal purchase of the bracelet and necklace What I Like: My experience actually lives up to the claims made by the company on the product pages What Needs Improvement: Company claims scientific studies but bases it on just 2500 people; Items are pricey Click here to learn more about Active Edge Technology. To read the full article in its entirety, please visit Gear Diary.

Survival Straps Backs the Blue & Red

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. 

Back the Blue & Red products can be found in both the Survival Straps® Law Enforcement and Firefighter Collections.  Visit 

Survival Straps Supports Law Enforcement with Back The Blue

Survival Straps® has added new ‘Back the Blue’ products to our Law Enforcement Collection in support of all law enforcement officers across America. We will be giving 25% of the sales price for all products within our Law Enforcement Collection to The Assist The Officer Foundation – Dallas. This organization is directly supporting the families of the fallen officers in Dallas. God bless all the police officers and families involved in the Dallas tragedy. We support our Police Officers and all Law Enforcement 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 that they put on the uniform. 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 the brave men and women of Law Enforcement. Get yourself or someone you love a Back the Blue Survival Bracelet™, Key Fob, or Neck ID Lanyard, and wear it proudly to show your support of America’s Law Enforcement Officers. Please get involved in supporting your local law enforcement: Drop cookies off at your local police station. Donate to your local police station’s charity. Even something as simple as stopping to shake an officer’s 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 the men and women of Law Enforcement. 25% of the sales price goes directly to The Assist the Officer Foundation – Dallas! Visit our Law Enforcement Collection here. 
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Active Edge Technology Featured On!

Active Edge™ is fired up to be receiving national media attention! Click this link to read the story on Fox News or you can read the article in it’s entirety below.
Excellent Fox News National Health article written by Melinda Carstensen.

Wearable technology may improve sleep, endurance and chronic pain

Sixty-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 “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 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 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 “I’m more energetic now, and I know that I won’t stumble and fall. I’ve got more confidence now.”
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Deer Antler Gear is HERE!

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 for details.  Deer Antler Gear can be found in the Hunting section of the Survival Straps® website:
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Beat the Cold and Go Tropical with the Survival Strap

The cold season is here and that means people are wishing for summer to return as quickly as possible. If you have some vacation time ready for use and you want to get far away from the cold weather, why not take an extreme vacation? South and tropical is fine, but what really make a vacation are the stories you bring back. Imagine tackling the hiking trails of Hawaii or zip lining through Costa Rica. Wherever your ideal location, it’ll be important to bring along the Survival Strap. This survival bracelet is your best friend for the outdoors. It is made of military grade paracord and can hold up to 550 pounds. Best of all, it fits comfortably on your wrist. Let’s take a look at the best places for you and your Survival Strap to vacation this year.
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