How to Replace Lacing on Sherpa Snowshoes

How to Replace Lacing on Sherpa Snowshoes
Snowshoes are footwear used for walking or running over snow. It functions by distributing your weight and preventing you from sinking completely into the snow. Sherpa snowshoe was developed by brothers Bill and Gene Prater in the early 1970s. They improved the traditional snowshoe design by using aluminum tubing, nylon and neoprene decking for lacing. The Sherpa snowshoes gained much popularity for their effectiveness, lightness and durability. These shoes typically require very little maintenance; however, re-lacing them might be necessary at times.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Nylon cord or cable ties Clips or tie wraps
  • Nylon cord or cable ties
  • Clips or tie wraps
Step 1
Start to pull the old lace out slowly and partially. Do not take it out completely, as you will need to follow it. The binding pattern might be hard to replicate in the exact way.
Step 2
Lace the snowshoe slowly with your nylon cord or cable ties as you take out the old lacing. Following the old laces as you put new ones will ensure that you end up with the same pattern. If the lacing has been completely damaged and detached, use the other pair to replicate the pattern.
Step 3
Thread the cord all the way through securely and tightly. Make your bindings over the snowshoe frame firmly and in uniform spacing.
Step 4
Tighten your lace and tie it off with the use of clips or tie wraps. You can also tie loops in the broken end of the old lacing and thread your repairing cord through the loops for added security.

Tips & Warnings

 
You also can purchase repair lacing kits, which may be more convenient. You can find original Sherpa repair lacing kits online. You also can use cable ties for other repairs such as securing broken binding straps and patching puncture holes. Carry extra plastic tie wraps in case you need to attach decking back to your snowshoe frame.
 
You also can purchase repair lacing kits, which may be more convenient. You can find original Sherpa repair lacing kits online.
 
You also can use cable ties for other repairs such as securing broken binding straps and patching puncture holes.
 
Carry extra plastic tie wraps in case you need to attach decking back to your snowshoe frame.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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