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Boot Lacing Techniques

Postby maverick » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:02 pm

How many of you have tried different lacing techniques? Many times it isn't a boot
issue but an improper lacing technique being used, especially on steep down hills.
Here are two sites that show different techniques that one can include in their
arsenal to get the optimum fit from your boots.
http://sectionhiker.com/hiking-boot-lacing-techniques/
http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/hikingbikinglacing.htm
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Re: Boot Lacing Techniques

Postby rlown » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:09 pm

wow. I've seen no one i've been with relace their boots. and what is Bushwalking anyway? If you go uphill you loosen your laces after the tiedown at the ankle. downhill, you tighten them a bit. Is there more or is this new science? If your boots don't fit, you're screwed anyway.
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Re: Boot Lacing Techniques

Postby dave54 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:09 pm

Yeah, it is bit of a hassle to relace your boots at every change in grade.

If you know you will downhill all day then it may be worth it, otherwise I just lace them so they are comfortable and retie then as needed during the day. I change socks a lot, several times per day if needed. That seems to help me more than different lacing patterns.
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Re: Boot Lacing Techniques

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:55 am

I guess I am old school where I tie my shoes after putting them on and I only mess with them again if they become untied which doesn't happen often. Up hill or down I don't change anything.
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Re: Boot Lacing Techniques

Postby kd6swa » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:15 am

I do mine just like in the military - Bar at the bottom, X at the top with extra lace wrapped around the top of the boot. It has worked for me for the past 35 years.
I like the boots to fit snug - just a personal preference.
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Re: Boot Lacing Techniques

Postby oldranger » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:37 am

I use pretty light flexible hiking boots, Lowa Zephyrs, the only special thing I do is not to cross the laces over my instep which is very high and sensitive. Tie once a day unless I take them off for a ford or a swim.

I tie my x-country ski boots similarly to the first method of the first video in order to get the boots cinched up really tight to keep my heel movement limited. This method was taught to me by an REI employee several years ago.

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