How to Properly Adjust Snowshoe Bindings

How to Properly Adjust Snowshoe Bindings
Snowshoe bindings can loosen while walking, making it difficult to snowshoe efficiently. A properly adjusted binding should be tight to your boot and locked to prevent slipping. Straps and bindings should be set to fit and tested before you go snowshoeing. This will save you time in the field and prevent the need to make adjustments on uneven ground. Snowshoe bindings use a simple design that is easy to adjust for the right fit.


Difficulty: Easy

Adjusting Bindings

Step 1
Wear waterproof winter boots that fit comfortably with heavy-duty socks. Heavy-duty boots with thick outsoles will be snug in snowshoe bindings.
Step 2
Put your foot into the snowshoe binding. Place the front of the snowshoe against a hard vertical surface. Use the resistance of the surface to push and hold your toe at the front of the binding. The toe of your boot should be touching the front of the binding.
Step 3
Locate the single or double strap that goes over the top of your foot. Pull the strap or straps tight over the top of your foot. Place the tag end of the strap in the strap holder if available. If there is not a strap holder, tuck the tag end between your shoe laces. This will prevent you from tripping on the excess strap.
Step 4
Find the ratchet or strap that secures the heel of your boot. Use the ratchet until the heel is tightly secured. The ratchet will click as it gets tighter, and you will feel pressure against your heel. For the strap design, pull the strap as tight as you can without it breaking. Place the tag end of the strap in the holder or wrap it around itself.
Step 5
Adjust your snowshoes on the trail by finding flat, stable ground. Loosen all straps on the binding and re-adjust your foot until your toe is in the foremost position. Repeat the steps listed above.

Tips & Warnings

You should dress warm while snowshoeing and carry survival equipment. Wear warm waterproof boots and gaiters to keep your feet dry and comfortable. Frostbite and hypothermia are major dangers in the winter. Be prepared for extreme cold and bad weather.


Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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