Directions for Making Snowshoe Bindings

Directions for Making Snowshoe Bindings
Snowshoeing is both a recreational sport and a valuable mode of transportation, allowing you to walk along the top of snow that might be several feet deep and traverse difficult terrain with ease. Today, you can buy or rent expensive aluminum snowshoes or you can make your own for of just a few bucks. These are made the same way Native Americans have made them for hundreds of years. The most difficult aspect of making these snowshoes is making sure the bindings properly fit.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Paracord or other elastic cord
  • Marker
  • Glue
Step 1
Wear a laced snow boot and place your foot on the newly constructed crosspiece of your snowshoe. Place a mark on each side of your boot.
Step 2
Hold a piece of paracord over your boot and tie an overhand knot on the left side of the paracord to the snowshoe where you made the black mark. On the right side, measure out an extra 3 inches from where the paracord touches the black mark.
Step 3
Tighten the knot on the left side and glue the knot so it will not come undone with use.
Step 4
Use the snowshoe binding by slipping the free end underneath your boot laces and tying it snug on the other side. Only cross the binding over the foot once. Your boot laces hold the binding to your foot, making it easier to turn your feet without the snowshoe slipping off.

Tips & Warnings

If your bindings keep coming loose, put a safety pin through the unglued end of the paracord to hold the knot in place.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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