They might look like an ordinary pair of shoelaces, but they actually might mean the difference between a cold night outdoors and warmth with a hot meal.
The shoelaces made by Rattler Strap actually have a bit of flint in the tips to allow wilderness enthusiasts to quickly start a fire.
“Matches are wet? Lighter doesn’t work? Lost your firesteel? With Flintlaces you always have a last resort for fire,” Rattler Strap wrote in a description of the laces. “They’re simply a pair of bootlaces until you need them to save your life. Each lace tip holds a 1 inch ferro rod capped with rubber. This is just enough to produce a robust spark to start a fire in the wilderness. Remove and strike with a steel edge.”
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If you thought the laces, introduced by the company last month, were great, Rattler Strap also makes a belt, which is how it got started. The belt can be unbraided when you need it to provide up to 130 feet of paracord.
“It can be an asset in a life threatening situation, or a useful tool in dozens of non-threatening ones. Snares, tourniquets, shelters, tie lines, rappelling, or stripped down to smaller threads for sewing, stitching or fishing wire,” the company said in its description of the belt. “You never know when it will come in handy, but you’ll always be prepared.”
In case you are wondering, Rattler Strap in its FAQs said that the belt is holster friendly.
Rattler Strap is a “small family operation” based on Idaho with products dreamed up by outdoor enthusiasts that are “unique, functional, and built to take some abuse.”