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Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Fallguy » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:37 pm

Last year when we were discussing snowshoes another member on here was talking to me about my bindings. I wear some Faber bindings that I got from Cabelas. They consist of a nylon heel strap with a plastic buckle and laces that tighten some plastic material around your forefoot. I really like these bindings, as did the other member, but there are lots of parts that could potentially fail. That other member (sorry I can't remember who it was off hand :oops: ) said that he would carry extra parts to repair his snowshoes in the field.

Last spring I put together this little repair kit. It is contained in a small waterproof bag that I got at Walmart. It folds up pretty small as you can see in the picture here. I can clip it to my binocular straps, or carry in my pocket or pack.

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Inside I have the following things: about 7 feet of paracord, two 1 inch buckles for my heel straps, some extra paracord cinches for my laces which are made of paracord, some small zip ties for fastening, and two strong rubber straps. Here is a picture of that stuff (glow in the dark alien does NOT come with :D ):

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This week I went calling with xdeano and his old Bob Maki bindings broke and we had to use this kit twice in the field. Of course, it is just a temporary fix, but enables you to get back to the truck faster than hoofing it through deep snow in regular boots! At first I thought I was just being over prepared, but having had to use this twice in one day, I found it useful. Hope this post helps someone out!
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Dcoy » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:41 pm

Cool.Good plan and kit.
I think you had chatted with me. :D


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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Fallguy » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:00 pm

Dcoy wrote:Cool.Good plan and kit.
I think you had chatted with me. :D


Dcoy I was thinking it was you but I couldn't remember! Probably could have looked back on the posts but couldn't remember if it was on here or Nodak. I didn't want to have to go through what you did---walking a mile back to the truck on ONE snowshoe!
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Dcoy » Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:15 pm

Yes,you're right,you never want to do that. :(
Maki's break and crack;leather ones stretch so the holes join,Fabers and others with plastic buckles fail,hell they all do eventually and in addition,all attachments between the bindings and the shoe itself fail eventually.Shoe long enough and you'll wish for a kit and need a kit.
A friend might have developed a binding that is near foolproof-a take off on Fabers 'snaps' but ones made of metal.As you know,Fabers have 2 plastic potential weak links,he's only improved one,but IMO Fabers are still the best.Certainly the best I've found.Hopefully I'll be able to test his idea soon.One key to Fabers is taking care not to step on the 'snaps' while putting em on or taking em off.Cold plastic and heavy weight=failure.


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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Fallguy » Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:26 pm

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I think I will be sticking with my Fabers...I like them THAT much! Is there anything you see that you would add to my kit? My buckles are attached to my bindings with rivets. I was thinking for a quick fix, using paracord or zipties would work in a pinch. Not sure if you could fix them perfectly if they do break. What did you do?
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby bucksnbears » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:35 am

good post Fallguy. i keep 1,- 2 foot piece of 1" nylon strap with a steel buckle wrapped around the back of 1 of my shoes just in case. i did have a binding failure last year and although it was only 1/2 mile back to the truck. that extra saved the day.
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Fallguy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:18 am

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How do you wrap that around the shoe? I have thought about securing that blue bag to the back of one of my snowshoes--almost like carrying a spare tire on a car, so it is always there and ready if I need it. Just didn't know if that would weight down the snowshoe or cause them to work differently.
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby bucksnbears » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:40 am

Fallguy wrote:bucksnbears

How do you wrap that around the shoe? I have thought about securing that blue bag to the back of one of my snowshoes--almost like carrying a spare tire on a car, so it is always there and ready if I need it. Just didn't know if that would weight down the snowshoe or cause them to work differently.

i'll try to post pics later. gonna head out for a bit
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Dcoy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:46 am

Fallguy,I've just used para cord and treated leather strapsor laces(they work great for securing the binding to the shoe).Its not ideal but gets you home.
I know when we chatted I told you my source for the buckles in the right size was the Heater Body Suit people but where did you get the small cylinder type plastic pieces?(the second weak but less critical link on Fabers)
I need to get one cause imagine its just a matter of time although never had one fail yet.


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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Fallguy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:32 am

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I got those cinch thingys at Walmart in the camping stuff. I got a box of 4 or 5 for like $1.63 or something.
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Re: Plan for the worst when using your snowshoes

Postby Dcoy » Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:08 am

OK,thanks much.


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