My second cable is more like the Vmoda you describe - braided 26 AWG OFC sheathed in black paracord. I took more care in final sanding the plug with 400 grit wet/dry and touched it up with a semi-gloss black. You have to look close to see it's not stock. I'll post some photos later.
The Neutrik is very easy to bring down in diameter. Depending on how carefully you file/sand, you can make a very snug fit yet have it connect/disconnect easily when needed. You just need to leave the paint off the section that fits into the jack.
Edited by btrancho - 4/22/13 at 4:38am