How long is a length of paracord? This year I've been fortunate in that I have set myself a modest budget each week, for the entire year, to upgrade all my gear and equipment. This includes EDC, fire fighting gear, gardening tools, electronics, backpacks, camping equipment, hand tools, outdoor clothing, and a whole heap of other goodies. In everything I try to pay attention to the quality over the cost as I want what I buy to last a long time. I maintain my gear so paying a premium for top quality is worth the investment. There are some exceptions such as backup flashlights for fire fighting which I regularly lose or they get permanantly borrowed.