alright welcome back guys so we're gonna talk about bindings right now and again pertaining to traditional snowshoes not so much your modern plastic ones with all the metal stuff on it you know stuff like that buckles and all that so this Bearpaw snowshoe that was gifted to me by a good friend of mine Mr Dan Moore I definitely appreciate that and he knows that but are these are Vermont tubs which is right on the crossmember here I've used these for the past few days I just recently got them and had the chance to use them now but I when Dan had given these to me it had this type of binding which is leather it's got some appears to be cotton webbing here for the toe piece and how this was it was just lashed on which all bindings are to your main cross piece here and how you can tell that is because it's just below the toe box typically and whatever material is being used for the webbing almost every piece of it is wrapped around that cross section there so that's my main you know where you'd put your foot so this one like I said came with this leather binding that was attached to that as the cotton webbing with buckles to put your foot in and then it's got some metal D rings on the sides and a metal buckle here with our teeth on it to clamp down on this webinar for your foot then it has a piece of leather with a buckle again that goes up a bat up excuse me across the back of your foot to hold your foot into the toe piece and then like any snowshoe as you walk it moves like such so that's what that came with I've sensed switched to a traditional type binding again that we'll get to later later in the video here we'll show you how to lash one of those on moving on though again back to my l.l.bean snowshoe beautiful beautiful leather harness here that hold your foot in nicely I've used these quite a bit I've had them for a few years now just a gorgeous snowshoe you know but after using them and being taught you know the more traditional way I'm gonna end up taking these off and go with the traditional binding on these as well and the biggest reason for me is hands-free so I don't have to you know kneel down spend a whole bunch of time fussing around with these buckles and all that stuff if you get into wet snow which we have up here in the Northeast the leather can take on water and freeze on you you know now that's a pain in the neck as well and then again lose the gloves have to get in to break and ice off and stuff like that and undoing buckles with your hands now last week we were down to I think – 22 was the coldest that it's been here the past few days in the mornings it's been around minus 4 to minus 8 something like that so I don't want to be fiddling with the stuff with my hands if I don't have to so uh I was showing a better way to do things and that's what I'm gonna do and I'll hopefully share it with you guys and you can try it out if you do any snowshoeing or if you're interested so uh other traditional materials that were used for bindings were you know some type of brain tin used buckskin stuff like that was used moving on after that they went into lamp-wick or you know three-quarter inch two inch wide cotton webbing all right which is good again there's advantages and disadvantages to anything and from my research and what I've been told is that the cotton webbing just like the leather and all that stuff and even the lamp-wick will take on water and it'll end up freezing so you know you're gonna have to lean that thing up by the fire for an hour or so a couple hours and to dry that stuff out get the ice off and things of that nature well if you've been walking you know in the book that I talked about you know a few videos ago true north they were doing miles a day like 30 to 40 miles a day now if they were in Labrador so I'm sure they didn't have the wet stuff that we do but they definitely talked about it more so towards springtime when they were coming back out of the mountains and stuff like that but you're gonna get that you know icing up and stuff like that on your bike again you know in lamp-wick very traditional the cotton webbing same difference very traditional as well and again I've heard you know the buckskin and stuff like that as well but all which-which freeze so my good buddy Tim Smith from Jack Mountain bushcraft school been spending quite a bit of time with him taught me a traditional binding as far as it's the same same method of binding different material so what I have on here is some nylon cord which does not take on water all right you may get snow buildup on it a little bit but you're not gonna have this thing freeze up like the other materials that we just talked to you know in some instance instances as as he put it to me you know you could just grab that with your hand a couple seconds it heats back up or even more simply just yank on it a couple of times and it breaks free that ice or snow buildup and easily able to manipulate it at that point so let's talk about tying these bindings on now there's a bunch of different ways to do that and I think the most pain-in-the-neck way for me would be to tie it on you know so some people will thread their binding through the main section here just like you do with any put their foot in it then wrap the rest of the cordage lamp-wick whatever it may be they're using cotton webbing around the back of that foot and then actually tie it in the front of their ankle seems easy you can easily untie it take your foot out not a big deal but if you using them materials that freeze up on you that could be an issue again I don't have first-hand experience in that so I'm not going to act like I do but it makes sense to me and that's the beauty I think of learning from different people that are you know highly skilled in their areas that have the knowledge it just cuts to learn and care of right in half but you know people like us that are just getting into it we don't have to go through all that nonsense and fuss and fight with things you know we can learn from them and learn better options or better ways to do things so what he's showing me is this way I've done it to the bear paws like I said I'm now gonna do it to my l.l.bean ones I've since taken one binding off I'm gonna take this one off as well but we'll start with the one that I have done I have some nylon rope and we're going to show you right now how to go about that anything all right so I just have some nylon rope here not a big deal to get the size that you need typically for you it's gonna be an arms stretch length and then bent right around the elbow I like to give myself just a touch more room so I'm gonna go with a full arm's length but if you go full arm's length and then bend your arm up it's going to be right to your elbow so right here would be enough I'm gonna go one full arm's length just because that's what I like to do so we'll cut that and get us one more same length now we're good to go so I'm gonna try to do an over-the-shoulder view for you guys so you can see exactly what I'm looking at we'll see how it works so I may have to do it from the front or you know a 45-degree off or something like that all right so the first thing I'm gonna do with my rope is just put a bowline knot on one end of it all right so here's our bowline knot so now again that main cross piece to get this binding on here we're gonna have to go on the side closest to the side our foots gonna be on so I'll go through on this side again on this side that knots are there hopefully let's switch it around I get a bigger hole on this other side oh this way I must all right so now we have a loop right here we're gonna put our foot underneath that right across you know the ball of our foot I'm gonna pull it down tight and size it to our foot now we're going to wrap two to three wraps around this rope and the key thing here is to make sure you wrap these exactly the same way and we'll get to that in a little bit so I'm just going to loosen it up just the touch so I can get the rope under there so if I come over the top with this one and wrap it a couple times I want to do the same thing with this one on the other side now I'm going to tighten it down as best I can and try to work with that and that'll keep it tight to my foot but I'm going to do the same thing over the top and then give that a couple wraps as well now when it's on your foot and you're ready to use this these are gonna want to be crossed on the top and then around your foot and we'll get to that in a second as well so that cross now sorry I hope I'm keeping that in the frame for you it's cross right here first they were coming from their own sides now I'm going to cross them and I'm gonna come around the back side of my foot through my bowline loop and tighten that down and you can tie any knot here that you want a truck is hitch probably isn't going to work here for me because this rope is kind of thick so anything will work if you're not a big fan of knots you know can tie a knot tie a lot square knot will work whatever you want to do a couple half hitches something like that this is what I'm gonna do if I don't get my mullet caught in it alright so now I'm tied off I would burden the end of that at first you're gonna have probably have to mess around with this get it adjusted to where it's comfortable and it works for you without your foot sliding all around all that stuff but I once you're done with this you should be done with it it doesn't need any more adjusting after that if it does because you change say from mukluks to a rubber boot or some other type of pack boot or something like that I'll show you how to adjust that in a second but uh how you get this on and off now has to do with the cross in the front so I'm gonna give you a front angle of this or side angle suit so you can see it a little bit here we are in the front bindings on there no problem at all now when I want to take this out step on my snowshoe pull my foot out of here bring it around into the front and then I can just take my foot right out of there no hands needed at all same thing going back in now when you put your foot into this binding don't mind the login truck in the background when you put your foot through this loop now you don't want these two to be crossed it should be crossed when it's on your foot so to get into it if the loop stays that way for you or you can minute just manipulate it with your foot while it's down here you know get your foot in there somehow no hands needed get my foot through just like that bring it around tuck my toe under the binding right back on done put my foot in there all the way all right no hands needed I'm ready to rock and roll and again easy on Easy Off good to go alright guys so one more shoe to do up here I've took the other binding off I'll do this one from the front because I'm not sure how that other one turned out from over my shoulder hopefully it doesn't confuse you this way but we'll do it anyways I can get this knot through here again this ropes a bit thicker than the one I have on my bare paws and again this needs to come through on the side your foots gonna be on and I don't think I explained that when I did the last one if you did it the other way this loop is gonna be up in the toe box and allow your foot to be more in there which isn't good when you start walking that tends to make your foot get caught when you step down under this bar and it's not a pleasant feeling that may happen anyway some of the reasons that happens is one you didn't tie it tight enough here on your on your toes – you did it on the wrong side in three your binding just loosened up on you probably as you used it and you just need to retighten it and again you may have to mess with this a little bit to adjust it to what you need but once you get it set you should be good so same deal I'm gonna come over the top when I wrap with this one I'm a wrap it a couple times and then tighten it sure it was a very good I'm gonna get that loop closer down there so come over the top a couple times wrapping it like that then I'm going to cinch it down in my toe again over the top with this one so they're going the same direction and I didn't quite explain that to you yet either but I will as soon as we get this along yeah so I've wrapped it twice now again when we're doing it on our foot our end result is these want to be crossed now I can come around tie this off and I'll be good capture my muffler there again all right and again I'll have to burn these ends and stuff like that but out there it is on pretty good not too bad take it off pull my toe out maneuver it around pull my foot oh now what if you change boots so I go from my muck look this could go either way to maybe my mukluks need to be a little looser cuz they're bigger and my pack boots not so much or vice versa so a couple wraps of this actually one on either side so one twist of this can increase or decrease your size by about a half inch or so so if I take a wrap out of that untwist it once that's gonna give me a bigger area to get a bigger boot in obviously so if you switching back and forth you know one size boot is bigger than the other you can compensate for that in this binding by either unwrapping it or wrapping it back up to get it tighter and again when you put this thing on these should be straight and not crossed yet that happens once you put it on so again get my toe in there I wouldn't have to take my gloves off or anything for that so I can throw my snowshoe down if it stays like that I can probably get my foot into it maybe like that without even touching it or like I said if it's giving you fits like that at least I don't have to take my gloves off and mess with buckles I can just grab it put it over my boot come around the side get my toe in there and I'm off to easy alright so there it is guys quick video I think it was quick on traditional bindings some different materials that were used stuff like that how to actually tie one on and again I don't have a whole whole bunch of experience with traditional bindings yet knowledge was passed on to me so I want to share that with you you know and again my buddy Tim recommends the nylon you can see I think you can see the difference in the size that's like a 3/8 maybe yeah that's probably 3/8 rope this one's probably quarter-inch different style too but both nylon so advantage there if you're in wet snow and it's accumulating on your bindings it's not gonna freeze to it or if it does it's easily removable where you know obviously cotton webbing and lamp-wick and stuff like that soaks in moisture and then when it freezes you know you kind of have a problem there but uh yeah again hope you guys enjoyed this one on traditional bindings thinking maybe in the next video we'll talk a little bit about you know some different things that you'll have to do on snowshoes that'll make it easier for you to walk around so I hope you'll join me then and as always appreciate your views comments and support we'll see you soon ticket you

Bushcraft – Traditional Snowshoe Bindings Materials and A Simple Method
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21 thoughts on “Bushcraft – Traditional Snowshoe Bindings Materials and A Simple Method

  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    I’ve always wondered how to use classic snowshoes. I currently use the modern version with buckles and you pointed out such a neat fact when putting the classic ones on or off you do not need to touch the binding or mess with buckles. Thanks for this video!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Hello Brother, this is a very informative and well filmed presentation. The rope you use looks like Kernmantel climbing rope, if so I suspect it is 11mm diameter. I was wondering if 7mm would work as well, or better (easier to knot and twist)? Another possibility might be to use that soft nylon boat line (usually white), again that would be non absorbent.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    We always used oil or hot beeswax to saturate boot laces, so they can't absorb water and freeze up. Nylon, surprisingly, can still absorb water.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Good job demonstrating this binding. I've been using the rubber/neoprene step in bindings since the '60s, but I cut nylon webbing and carry it in my pack in case I need an extra. Good video! Nice webs from LL Bean (I'm a traditional wood and leather snob). What anorak are you wearing. Are the muks Steger? and what knife do you wear? Thanks! Nice work.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Brilliant!!!!! need rawhide webbing instruction to fib packrat-eaten webbing

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    My first pair of snowshoes and they are excellent.==>ur2.pl/1122 Easy to put on, easy to use and great quality for a great price.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Great video, you explained it all very well, and your video angles etc were just fine. Going to try it today after work. Thanks

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Can always treat leather or cotton bindings with Sno-seal, or similar wax waterproofing. I love that stuff. Don’t ask me why I’m watching snowshoe videos when we finally just got summer… Take care. Going to subscribe.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Good job mate the snow shoes look like they work great and easy enough to put on and take off 😉

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    We been snowshoeing for years. https://youtu.be/P-yhpvtOfwI

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Worked good for me , I used electrician nylon rope this has the same weave as lamp wick and it has all advantages of the nylon rope. Thanks for the info

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    👍✳️👍✳️👍✳️

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Well done Buddy

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Glad too have learned from your video, a very simple and cost-effective means of adding traditional bindings to the snow shoes I purchased, which being used, came without bindings.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Great video. Here's a little different method we use in my neck of the woods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw99Qq6aUeM&t=32s

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Very nicely done thanks

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    I should try it. Once I get some snowshoes…
    What is taking Jesus Christ so long??? I prayed a long time ago…

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Thanks for this video man. I have an old pair of traditional snowshoes & the leather binding rotted off the frame so I'm definitely going to try this. Cant beat the traditional snowshoes.

    P.s I heard your accent and thought this guy is from my neck of the woods! I live in mass.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Hey Derek… Good video on the traditional shoes. Have a pair of Iverson Michigan/Huron's myself. Diggin' the Muks and Anorak. Both being made up here in Minnesota. I like the Lampwick type lashings for my shoes. Hey, love that hardcore eastern accent too!! Wish we could get together and hang-out. Lots of common interests. Take care, Andy

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Hello from Ellsworth Maine! I saw this vid, then bought a used pair of snowshoes at an antique shop. I recoated them with some new varnish, made rope bindings just like you demonstrated in this video, and they work just perfectly. Thanks for sharing some great common sense bushcraft-nice job!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Great vid! Did you make your mukluks and if not where can I get a pair like them? Thx

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