I broke the binding on a pair of MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes when the pins that hold the binding to the snowshoe frame busted. I’ve used these snowshoes pretty hard for the past 10 years, so it’s not like they’ve let me down. But the pins broke two miles into a tough eight-mile winter hike where we had to do a lot of trail breaking.
We tried fixing the binding by reattaching it to the snowshoe with zip ties, but they broke almost immediately. But my friend Larry and I figured out a hack using the televator wire, that worked so well that I thought I’d share it with you. I haven’t tried it with any other MSR Snowshoes but I suspect that it might only work with MSR Evo Ascents, because of the way they’re constructed.
MSR Evo Ascents have two types of crampons: toe crampons and two parallel serrated rails that run down both sides of the snowshoes. The binding pins (which broke) attach the pivoting footbed to these two side rails. There’s also a heavy-duty televator wire at the rear of the snowshoes that slots into another set of holes in the long serrated rails.
If you remove the televator wire by squeezing its sides, you can re-insert it into the same holes that are normally occupied by the binding pins. Here’s what it looks like.
The televator wire fits perfectly into the binding pinholes and there’s enough play that the binding can continue to pivot as normal. There’s one final step, which is to duct tape the televator wire to the footbed so that the wire doesn’t rotate by itself underneath your foot. That looks like this.
It’s a great hack and worked perfectly for the next 6 miles of our hike. I’ve gone and ordered an MSR Snowshoe Repair Kit which has replacement binding pins to make a proper repair, but if you ever find yourself in this situation, you should give this hack a try.Editor's note: Help support this site by making your next gear purchase through one of the affiliate links above. Click a link, buy what you need, and the seller will contribute a portion of the purchase price to support SectionHiker's unsponsored and independent gear reviews, beginner FAQs, and free hiking guides.