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Claude Hopper
2005-04-03 11:11:20
Another trick of the trade. Gaiters again. Most gaiters today come with a rubber strap set in buckles. This is a clumsy awkward thing, has to be cut to size and after all that , a couple of sharp rocks and it's kaput. If you try to replace it with some sort of fabric, the same thing happens and also it picks up claudes of packed snow. The answer? Acquire a pair of leather laces. Loopknot each on the instep buckle of the gaiter, draw them through the outside buckle and finish in a simple reef knot and cut off the surplus. Do this when they're very dry and the knot will stay in. You'll get a whole season out of them and maybe more - and because there are two strands to them, if one strand goes, chances are the other will hold for the rest of the day. Any other tricks ?
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