You’re hiking in the backcountry and POP! There goes a crucial buckle on your backpack – it’s time for buckle repair.
If your buckle busted, and it was sewn directly onto to your pack, try this trick to replace it.
- Replacement buckle the same size as the original. You can borrow a non-essential buckle from another strap on your pack.
- Nail file, pocket knife (saw blade), or lighter.
- Examine the broken buckle to find the thin plastic bar that the webbing is looped over.
- Carefully cut, melt, or snip, a one or two-millimetre gap in the centre of the same bar on the replacement buckle. Quick Attach buckles already have a small gap in the bar, and do not need to be cut.
- Wiggle the nylon loop through the gap in the bar until the buckle is attached to the webbing.
Sewing through thick nylon webbing can be difficult, but it will create a more “permanent” fix. A Speedy Stitcher is designed for heavy duty sewing and repairs and will make the process easier.
- Replacement buckle.
- Sewing awl or big needle tough enough to push through leather or heavy nylon webbing.
- At least 30cm of heavy, waxed cotton thread.
- Small pliers.
- Cut the stitches in the webbing to remove the old buckle.
- Thread the replacement buckle onto the webbing and fold the webbing over on itself.
- Thread the needle or awl and tie a knot in one end.
- Push the needle through both layers of webbing. Use the pliers to pull the needle through if it is difficult.
- Continue sewing with stitches about 5 millimetres apart. Pull each stitch tight.
- Tie off the last stitch and cut the thread.