Shock Cord

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  • Three sizes, six colors
  • Reflective tracers shine light back at night
  • Perfect for packs, tent/tarps, hammock underquilts, and more


Our high-grade shock cord is available with or without reflective tracers that shine light back at night helping you find stray items and avoid running into the line.

We offer three sizes – 1/16 in. (1.6 mm), 5/64 in. (2 mm), and 3/32 in. (2.4 mm) diameter. Shock cord stretch increases with diameter. The 1/16 in. (1.6 mm) shock cord is best for light-duty applications such as elastic draw cords and small straps. The 5/64 in. (2 mm) and 3/32 in. (2.4 mm) shock cord are good for backpacks, straps, tents/tarps, and hammock underquilts. Choose from six colors – neon yellow, neon orange, neon green, blue, red, or black.

Shock Cord is sold by the foot in one continuous piece. Just enter the length in feet you want for the quantity.



Length: Sold by the foot in one continuous piece

Colors: Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Green, Blue, Red, or Black 

Diameter Compatible Cord Lock Reflective Non-Reflective
1 Line 2 Lines Weight / ft Weight / m Weight / ft Weight / m
1/16 in. (1.6 mm) Micro or Mini Mini 0.027 oz (0.77 g) 0.089 oz (2.53 g) 0.023 oz (0.66 g) 0.075 oz (2.17 g)
5/64 in. (2 mm) Micro or Mini Mini 0.038 oz (1.07 g)  0.125 oz (3.51 g) 0.038 oz (1.09 g)  0.125 oz (3.58 g)
3/32 in. (2.4 mm) Micro or Mini Mini 0.054 oz (1.53 g) 0.177 oz (5.02 g) 0.056 oz (1.59 g)  0.184 oz (5.22 g) 



  • Inspect before each use. DO NOT use if damage is found to the cord.
  • This product is elastic and will snap back. To avoid injury, be careful of recoil.

In no event shall Litesmith, LLC be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, or special consequential damages, to property or life, whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of its products.

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  • 5
    Good lightweight shock cord

    Posted by Nick H on 7th Jun 2024

    Used this to replace a lot of heavier cord that was unnecessary. Works great, you get just the amount you need, and it provides a little color.

  • 5
    Shock cord

    Posted by thomas conover on 13th Apr 2024

    Nice small cord

  • 5
    Great Cord

    Posted by SomeDave on 18th Sep 2023

    Best Shock cord in small diameter I can find!

  • 5
    Quality cord, excellent price, and super fast delivery!

    Posted by Andy on 22nd Apr 2023

    Wanted to add shock cord to the front of my Kakwa 55 and the orange 2mm was the perfect size and splash of color I wanted. Paired it with a micro cord lock for easy adjusting.

  • 5
    good product

    Posted by Ronald Kerley on 31st Mar 2023

    just what I needed to take stress off of tent guylines

  • 5
    Very Fine Quality Shock cord

    Posted by Unknown on 24th Oct 2022

    I needed the shock cord to do a couple of modifications to my trail maint pack and the quality was excellent as well as the price point! Will definitely order from Litesmith again .

  • 5
    Excellent customer service

    Posted by Unknown on 22nd May 2022

    I wasn't sure if I'd received the correct diameter that I'd ordered, so after a quick phone call Litesmith mailed me a small piece if each of the 3 diameters just to confirm that I'd received the correct product.

  • 5

    Posted by Deni on 9th May 2022

    Product received quickly, just what I ordered.

  • 5
    Perfect thickness!

    Posted by Karl Sauerbrey on 6th Jan 2022

    I've been looking for reflective bungy cords for my backpack but could not find the perfect thickness. Litesmith had it - plus alot of other items for me! Thanks!

  • 5
    Excellent Quality

    Posted by Unknown on 18th Dec 2021

    This shock cord came neatly packed in the mail and the first thing I noticed was the vibrant neon orange color. Along with a robust outer sheathing and high-tension elastic, I think this cordage will serve me well on my backpacking adventures.

  • 5
    Good, quality cord…

    Posted by Petet on 8th Jun 2021

    Nice, consistent and tightly woven sheathing around elastic that seems to have no memory and good snap back. Can’t speak to how it will hold up over time but, based on past experience, it feels like will do well over the long haul. Will definitely buy again.

  • 5
    re-cord old cord

    Posted by Keith on 2nd Jun 2021

    used this to fix a couple of sagging poles

  • 4
    Seems good!

    Posted by Anne on 1st Dec 2020

    Used this shock cord to re-string some old tent poles. Worked well, and the cord seems to be of good quality. Only time will tell really.

  • 5
    1/16 for all the little stuff

    Posted by John Riddle on 28th Sep 2020

    As described. Makes for great bivy tieouts or silnylon shelter tensioners so there's no sag overnight. Takes a flame well to keep the ends from fraying.

  • 5
    Great for tent pole repair

    Posted by SRD on 9th Sep 2020

    I ordered this to fix the overstretched, worn out cord in my REI backpacking tent poles. It shipped fast and it was easy to replace the worn out cord with this new cord.

  • 5
    Just what I wanted

    Posted by Brian Edward Keenan on 21st Aug 2020

    Awesome that Litesmith will sell this to you by the foot so I don't have to buy a whole butt-load of this stuff if all I wanted was a couple feet! I already had a Nitecore NU25. I fashioned my own ultralight band out of a couple feet of this stuff and a mini cordlock. Like $2 worth of materials!

  • 5
    awesome shock cord.

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Aug 2020

    Great shock cord. Fast service.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Aug 2020

    Redid the cord for my tent poles with a couple colors, this worked great. Stoked on getting a change from the boring white/black standard options!

  • 5
    Great shock cord

    Posted by Norma on 6th Jun 2020

    I bought this cord to use as elastic continuous loop for covid masks. It is perfect. The customer service was wonderful, I made a mistake and ordered the wrong size, but Litesmith caught it and called me! My package arrived in just a few days.

  • 5

    Posted by Jen on 5th Jun 2020

    This is great shock cord. Product as expected , lightweight and sturdy. Yellow is my favorite. My go-to for all shock cord needs!

  • 5
    Great to modify Nu 20 Headlamp from nitcore

    Posted by Big Monkey on 6th Feb 2020

    I bought this shockcord to replace original headband. awsome!

  • 5
    It’s reflective, it’s stretchy, what’s not to like!

    Posted by Tim S. on 16th Jan 2020

    Great colors and reflective too! I wanted to find shock cord in my kids favorite colors to help ID their kit as well as help them lighten their packs a bit. This cord is thin but strong enough to do the job. Great stuff!

  • 5
    Worked Great!

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Mar 2019

    Placed an order for a few myog projects (1.6 and 2 mm diameters) - they worked great! The cord is firm and durable, a little bit stretchy as you expect from shock cord, but it doesn't deform or stretch out permanently. Also, both diameters were compatible with the mini cord locks sold on this site, which was convenient.

  • 5
    Great shockcord

    Posted by Billy Gray on 14th Sep 2017

    I bought this shockcord for a daypack I made for my wife. She wanted a Bahama blue X-Pac pack which I put daisy chains on. I used the blue reflective shockcord in the daisy chains to give her some bling, but also from a practical perspective to have additional capacity for raingear, hiking poles, etc., and visibility at night. The shockcord is essentially shockcord, same functionality. The difference is the tracers which light up very well from a headlamp. So plenty of pack applications for this shockcord. I'd say it would also work very well for an underquilt suspension and making your hammock camp more visible/easy to locate at night.

  • 5
    awesome !

    Posted by chris on 27th Oct 2016

    exactly what i wanted great product and super fast shipping ! great job..

  • 5

    Posted by Shannon C on 22nd Aug 2016

    I really like this shock cord. The colors and reflectivity make the cord usable for a variety of projects. A great alternative to the plain black that I have on several tents. I'm using this cord primarily to make a bunch of bungee straps for cables, camping gear, etc.

  • 5
    High quality with style!

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Jul 2016

    This is good stuff. I got the 3/32" which is perfect for re-stringing most tent poles and is sometimes hard to find. Nobody really needs color or reflective strips for tent poles, but I got the red instead of plain black...looks great and really is high quality shock cord. Definitely very reflective, too. Will reorder for the next set of poles and get some of the 1/16" for use on the ground sheet and net tent I sometimes add under my tarp.

  • 5
    Black is out Color is in!!

    Posted by Don Amundson (Still Lookin') on 12th Mar 2016

    I use shock cord for many things and needless to say I'm pleased to find this stuff. What an improvement over the basic black. Easy to see, hard to lose. Thanks for "reinventing the wheel."