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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
Headed for the Mountains
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Default Boot lacing

Hi folks,

Thought I'd share this link:

A lot of good info on lacing and knots for customizing the fit of your hiking boots. Seems to be a bit of a lost art - I've never seen any of these techniques used by a salesperson in a store but hey...I've been backpacking for quite some time and never thought of using different lacing to customize my fit.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 01:24 PM
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It seems like common sense once you know but it really can make or break a hiking trip not properly lacing up your boots.

Mountaineering boots especially since they are so rigid and unforgiving. I was pretty impressed that our Ice Climbing guide from Yamnuska went over proper boot lacing. Basically, if your toes can touch the front of the boot, you're gonna have a bad time Ice Climbing.

If you tighten them up properly it should push the heel into the heel box of the boot and the boot should constrict at your toe knuckles allowing your toes to move freely. They will stay warmer as blood flow can still get to them and you won't get black toenails from kicking ice or steep downhills.

Another tip is a better way of tieing your shoe laces that I've learned.

You can see it here:

If your laces loosen after a while it might be because you are tying a granny knot instead of a square knot (I was doing this). The improved way of tying your laces in the video forms a square knot, it's quicker and I've found it much easier to tie with gloves on and with frozen laces.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 02:35 PM
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I use this knot for tying my shoes. Stays tied, even with those pesky laces that always untie themselves, stays tight all day and unties easily.
The only difference is I start with a Surgeon's knot -
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