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matsfredrickson

Pants with Grommets?

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I am hoping that someone can tell me what they use with their pants with grommets to tie the pants down. I tried using some shock cord that I got at REI for a trip up the Kautz. The cord got beat up to the extent that I'm not sure it would last on another trip. Thanks!

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I'm just switching out my cord today, by coincidence. I'm going to use some leftover Kelty Triptease Lightline (tent cord - secured with a hefty black plastic piston hank/draw string thing and a stop knot) because the boot laces I was using tend to fray, then freeze into the grommet. That should last for a while.

 

Shock cord is just rubber bands with a very thin nylon sheath - it doesn't take abrasion too well, and you don't want anything stretchy that'll allow snow in when you're plunge stepping.

 

In any case, I sure don't miss gators.

 

 

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I use some thin bungee material (black ~3mm from REI). I get tons of use out of it and replace it maybe once a year.

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Word.. I've been using the same black bungee shit, still going strong after 6 or so climbs. I tried cord, and found it too big of a pain in the ass to get cinched just right. When bungee works great, anyway.

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I just thread the cord through both grommets with a stop knot on both ends, and tighten it with a piston hank/drawstring stop (all plastic, including the spring, so no rust) located aft (outside) of the back grommet. Just pull (the hank) back and you have access to your boots. It's worked great for about 3 years of heavy use for the kind of quick transitions required for AT skiing - opening and closing can be done quickly without removing your mittens.

 

 

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