Jsnare

The ingenious Jsnare, made by the American company of the same name, is a “snare” type Abalakov threader designed to turn rope, cord or webbing around the “corner” of a V-thread easily without damaging the rope end.

The ingenious Jsnare, made by the American company of the same name, is a “snare” type Abalakov threader designed to turn rope, cord or webbing around the “corner” of a V-thread easily without damaging the rope end. It has the great advantage that you are not carrying a long thing with a sharp spike on the back of your harness, where it can get caught on things or dig into your leg.

We suggest storing the Jsnare in a loop (bevel to the inside of the curve) which maintains the curved form of the Jsnare, and hanging it on a karabiner on your harness along with a knife and some tat.

The Jsnare may be cleared of snow or ice that makes its way inside by blowing on the tube when you finish pulling the rope or cord.

  • Easy to use.
  • No spike.
  • Lightweight.

Length: 36cm.

Weight: c 20g.

Instructions:

Please note the bevel in the working end of the snare - this faces the outside edge in the “V” and is designed to turn the rope end approximately 45 degrees.

  1. Make a V-Thread as usual. It is helpful to slightly over drill the hole for the cord past the intersection of the holes, especially when threading with climbing rope.
  2. Adjust the snare size to the diameter of the thread hole, or maybe a bit larger. Just push the red handle in fully, and you are about right.
  3. It is very helpful to straighten the plastic tubing that will go inside the thread towards the bevelled end. This puts the snare loop in the inside edge or middle of hole. Leave the end towards the red grip curved. This allows you to see down the thread keeping your hands out of your line of sight. This is very important when using climbing rope.
  4. With your little finger in the red loop (or if wearing thick gloves, palm the loop) slide the Jsnare in with the snare loop perpendicular to the path of the rope or cord.
  5. Thread the rope or cord through the other leg of the "V" as usual and through the snare loop.
  6. Don’t push the rope too far through the loop, as this will inhibit the rope turn - about 1cm through the loop is about right.
  7. Pull the red handle with your little finger (some people use their teeth!) and push your fingers against the tubing end which pulls snare loop tightly down on the rope or chord. You will see that the rope or chord turns along the bevel. Maintaining a tight grip on the snare, keep some tension on the climbing rope, and pull the rope or chord through. Tie the rope or cord into a loop as usual.

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