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PostPosted: January 25th, 2011, 9:21 am 

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Does anyone know where I can get some replacement lacing for a pair of Sherpa snowshoes?

I have a pair that is ~10 years old, and Sherpa has since gone out of business. These are aluminum framed, nylon decked shoes, and the decking is attached with a nylon or plastic lacing, rather than rivets or grommets as seems to be the case on the shoes for sale now.

I've been searching for several months and not been able to find a source--or at least an affordable one. I have jury rigged a patch using some waxed nylon cord and strategically placed zip ties, but even in early-season soft snow, it's clear this won't stand up to a season's worth of abrasion.

I was able to find a Canadian company that appears to have taken over the Sherpa design, and they will supply the cord at about $.90 a foot. I think I'll need about 140 feet of cord to repair both shoes (10 X 36), and that seems like a ridiculously high price for an extruded plastic cord. I'm guessing the same material gets used in some industrial or manufacturing setting and might be available considerably cheaper, but I have not been able to find it. I should have measured it before I posted, but it's a flattened (rectangular in cross section) synthetic material that's maybe 1/4 inch in width.

Does anyone know a source, or can you suggest a substitute that's worked well for you?

I can't be only person who loves his old Sherpas and has faced this problem. Replacement shoes are not in the budget right now, so help me a suitable repair!

PostPosted: January 25th, 2011, 5:14 pm 
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