Without this Paracord, you are simply not prepared for a full-blown outdoor adventure. It's made of 7 yarns and has a max strain of 550 lb. Pretty impressive. It's 100ft, ridiculously strong and in jet-black. The strong white rope is inside a black nylon sheath. When rubbing the cord you can feel the inner rope moving around. It arrives nicely tied in a plastic bag. We can't comment on its ability to save your life, but for the price, this is a steal.