Paracord Belt with Caribiner Buckle and D-Ring

This is a combination of a couple of my other pages(links below), so if I miss any steps, check them out too.

This is what you end up with – A one and three quarter inch wide paracord belt with a removable 3000lb carabiner at one end and a 2500lb triangle D-ring at the other. The webbing should be good for around 7000lb, with the seven down and back runs. The whole belt comes apart with a quick undo of the knot hidden behind the D-ring, giving you just over 100′ of paracord.

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Here’s most of what you need to make one, more or less, including the table, or a board, or something to but the clamps on.

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Oval carabiners seem to work well, this one is a 4″X2″ 18kN Black Diamond. The cross-pin is made from 3/16″ steel rod from any hardware store, etc. This one was bent around a half inch bolt in a bench-mounted vice.

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Here’s my setup. The belt will shrink from the initial length as you make it. This one is 53.5″, which shrinks down to 44″.  The carabiner is initially tied tight to the clamp at this end, as it seems easier to set up that way. Once you get going, replace the tie with a bungie cord, so the belt can shorten as it wants to.  The whole idea is to pack as many crossing runs into your length as possible, and having the bungie mounted end will help with that.

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You can see here the cord run up from the spool on the floor, back and forth 7 times, then tied at the top of the carabiner. Be sure to get your cross-pin in the right spot here.

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The weave is done by crossing the runs between each other, front one to the back and back ones to the front,  using the pen, or rod or whatever you have(maybe better pictures on the other page, link at the bottom of this page) then running a loop up through them and leaving the top of that loop for the next loop to go through. About this far along if you switch to the bungie, it will allow the belt to shorten, while holding it in place to work on.  You’ll probably need to check almost every time to be sure your lines don’t get crossed at the end you’re not working on. I did one for my son initially trying to do it flat on the table with only one end secured, and it didn’t go so well, so I went back to this.

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I started out using whatever I had handy, which was this pen body, and then this extra cross-pin. I tried other stuff, but the square end on the pen coupled with it’s hollow body(which allows a loop of cord to be fed into it and then pulled through, handy for the tight ones as you near the end), and the little hook on the cross-pin actually made for a good set of tool for this. Something my old friend Captain Danimal Dan would call “Accidental Excellence”.

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This last one is tricky to get through. I used the hook to work down from the top, then stuck the pen onto it, and worked it back through, then put a loop of cord into the pen and pulled it through.

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Now you go back and tighten up the slack in the crossings,

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and as this D-ring is a little wider than my carabiner, I took the free end and wove it, kinda figure-8 through the D-Ring until the extra space was filled, finishing off by feeding the end behind the loops of cord on the D-ring.

I fed a single line of inner strand around the ends so I can take the carabiner out and not have everything fall apart.

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There you go! Style and function, all in one handy 48″, multi-thousand pound tow strap, that you can rappel down a cliff if you need to. Nothing gets better than that…accept maybe another coffee…

Oh, I added a mini Nitize S-biner to the side to hold the D-ring in place. Just thread some gutted cord through however makes sense.

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25 Responses to Paracord Belt with Caribiner Buckle and D-Ring

  1. scott bean says:

    Will you please email me and tell me where and how I can get the d ring hardware you used I cant find one anywhere. Thank you kindly

  2. Christopher c. Mira says:

    may I know the steps in making this belt? many thanks!

  3. JOhn says:

    thanks for posting this definitely plan on trying one of these for myself if i can figure out how much paracord i am gonna need

  4. hialloy says:

    Great Belt, where did you find this D-Ring

  5. Bob says:

    I have made many paracord things in the past. I have never seen any thing like this. Thankyou for your time and effort showing us the paracord belt

    • mobiobione says:

      No problem! It just kinda came to me. Jelled, I think from the stitch on the top of grain bags from back on the farm and my truck tow-strap…
      I’m mulling a variation with loops woven into each end too, so stay tuned for that…

  6. Mike says:

    U selling any of this?

    • mobiobione says:

      No, unless you already own a sweat-shop somewhere, it doesn’t make sense in a time vs $$$ way, at least for me, anyway. Besides, isn’t it more rewarding to build it yourself? K, maybe not, but I still have no plans to go into production…

  7. Steve says:

    I work on 300′ tall wind turbines. Is it possible to make a belt long enough to save my life if I needed to get down in a hurry?

    • mobiobione says:

      Hey! Sure, it would be possible, but it might be a big thing. I am contemplating a belt where the cross-weaves are done from both sides, doubling the cord stored there, so in a 44″ belt you’d have 75′ in the runs and 70-ish’ in the crossings. With the original design, to get 300′, you’d need a belt 6′ long, and 4″ wide. Not impossible, but maybe kinda big. I’m thinking more of the rope-ring style of storage that the Canadian Search and Rescue Technicians used when I was flying with them. You make a loop the size you want, something you could throw over your shoulder probably, and then start a loop on one side, take the running end and go around to the other side, putting loop through loop so you end up with a ring that if you throw(with heavier rope anyway) will self deploy. They would rappel out of my helicopter with it. Just drop it and chase it down. I’ll post a pic of a loop on the main page(mobiobione.wordpress.com). I actually store much of my rope this way, as it never gets tangled.

  8. Lauren Neher says:

    Nice idea and execution. I like the idea of using the carabiner for a buckle. My belts are much more like normal belts. One tip, a baseball mitt stitching tool works great for a tool, especially at the end where space is tight.

    I use the the tool as seen in this kit. Works great.

    • mobiobione says:

      That’s a good looking tool. I’ll snag one. I’ve been using a doubled over piece of lockwire(a little smaller than 14/2 copper) to get the same effect when needed.

  9. arrowflora says:

    This is the coolest parabelt I’ve seen ;) Can you give the formula you use for figuring out how much cord will be used per inch of belt or waist size. I’ve read that it’s about 15 inches of cord per inch of length…. But your weave looks like it would take a bit more. Also is the spacing needed between the two vices different depending on the length of belt your making. Hope these aren’t lame questions… I’m just beginning and I’m a bit of a “perfectionist” with things like this. Thanks so much for sharing your design. P.S. What is the name of the weave you use?

    • mobiobione says:

      Well, thanks!
      It seems to use about 2.5′ per inch of belt. For a 35″ waist my belt started out 54″, shrunk to 45″ and used about 110′ of cord, though I didn’t measure exactly. I’m going to redo my first one(again), so I’ll check the amount of cord used exactly then. Your clamps need to be wider than your belt is going to be. I now use a 5′ 1X6 to put my clamps on, and make up the difference with first extra cord to tie the buckle at the right distance from the other end, then a bungee cord to allow the belt to do it’s 20% shortening. I’ve called it The Emergency Weave. Check out my other pages from the links at the bottom of the page. I just recently made another belt and buckle with a carabiner and two Twisted Triangle Dee Rings, that I fabbed up myself, and using the same weave, except in a continuous circle, a little ring to hold the running end of the belt, so stay tuned, and I’ll post that soon.

  10. Faith says:

    Where did you get the d rings? My boys want to make these, but we can’t seem to find the d rings.

  11. Christopher says:

    You should sell these. If you decide to do so, I have a good lead on how to market them. Nice work!

  12. Ron says:

    I am always amazed at the ingenuity people have when it comes to paracord!

  13. EJ says:

    Excellent, I’ve always wanted to make one of these and you did a great job!

  14. Fenris says:

    Excellent! I must ask though, is the belt a bit more stiff than traditional webbing belts?

    • mobiobione says:

      Not really, no. it flexes quite well where the runs cross over along the whole length. Vertically it is more stable, so it doesn’t tend to roll over under the belt loops on your pants. It does not stretch much at all really either, so no need to adjust after wearing all day.

  15. Dman says:

    Outstanding work and thank you for taking the time to show this remarkable survival belt

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