Lawson Equipment Technora ToughLaces

rated 4.5 of 5 stars (2)
photo: Lawson Equipment Technora ToughLaces footwear accessory

Specs

Price Reviewers Paid: $10.50

Reviews

The best shoelaces I’ve ever used for the trail.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $11.25 for 48" length

Summary

The best shoelaces I’ve ever used for the trail.

Pros

  • Technora fiber is virtually indestructible
  • Nearly inch-long metal aglet
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Stays tied
  • 13 different lengths available to fit every shoe and boot

Cons

  • None really – maybe that they only come in one color?

This is a review of the Technora Toughlace shoelace made by Lawson Outdoor Equipment. Lawson is a cottage manufacturer of hiqh-quality cord and line for outdoor activities (I reviewed their Glowire guy line here). I am not affiliated with Lawson OE in any way.

Mine are the 48" length and I paid $11.25.

These laces are great. Technora fiber is incredibly strong and is used in products like fire rescue ropes, body armor, and yacht racing products. The result here is the strongest lace I’ve ever used – so strong that Lawson guarantees them for life. Not only are they strong along the lace, they are highly abrasion resistant and fire resistant.

These laces have a round shape and are somewhat beefy, but most if not all hiking shoes and boots have fairly large eyelets.

And, these laces stay tied. I only have to tie them with the regular shoelace “bunny ears” knot and they hold all day. No double knotting or double winding, no special knot needed:

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The aglet (lace tip) on these laces is a nearly inch-long sleeve of metal crimped tightly into the lace. It’s not going anywhere and it won’t crack, splinter or shed like plastic aglets:
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They only come in one color, a gray tone as shown. But they come in 13 different sizes, from 36" to 108" to precisely fit a wide variety of shoes/boots and lacing styles. Prices range from $10 to $13.

Not much more to say, just a great lace for on the trail.

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In response to Alicia's question about comparing the Lawson laces to the laces that came with these La Sportiva trail runners, here is a side-by-side photo:
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It may be hard to see in this photo, but the La Sportiva lace (bottom) is flat, the tan stripe is along the short end.

The La Sportiva lace squishes down more when I squeeze it, while the Lawson lace is not just thicker but stiffer and denser, much less squish-ability. Here's a side-by-side with them being squeezed equally by binder clips, you can see that the binder clip squeezing the La Sportiva is more "closed":
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Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review of these, JR. Do they feel like roughly the same diameter as the La Sportiva (or any other) laces you replaced?


3 years ago
KiwiKlimber

Nice review. I realize you're in Georgia, so maybe you don't have an answer for this, but how are they in snow and ice?


3 years ago
JRinGeorgia

Thanks Alicia. No, comparing them to the laces that came with those La Sportiva trail runners, these Lawson laces are thicker. The La Sportiva lace is flat and feels like a woven cloth whereas the Lawson is more like a beefy braided cord. I will edit the review to post a couple more pics.


3 years ago
JRinGeorgia

Thanks KK. True I rarely see real snow or ice here in Georgia, though in the north Ga mountains maybe not as rare as you might think, but I was wearing these laces this summer in Yosemite crossing over Red Peak Pass and had to tromp through a bunch of snow on the way down the north-facing slope, just a short distance but they did really well, no issues.


3 years ago
norockets

I bought these laces to replace the ones on my wading boots - wading boot laces tend to wear through rather quickly for me. I find it difficult to really cinch the laces tight with wading boots since they don't really stretch at all.


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the additional info, JR. It sounds like the beefier diameter doesn't bother you.


3 years ago
JRinGeorgia

Not at all. The only way I could see that being an issue is how it affects how well the lace holds a knot, and these hold fast.


3 years ago
Bill Rawlinson (Finalcut)

It's funny, one of your pros is one of my only cons - for me they just don't stay tied unless I double knot them. I do really love how strong they are though.


3 years ago

They feel super strong, but you better double knot…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10.50

Summary

They feel super strong, but you better double knot them!

Pros

  • Strong

Cons

  • Don't stay tied
  • Fat aglets

I have a pair of Asolo Plasmic shoes that have eaten up their original shoelaces. I think the metal eyelets are just too abrasive for a traditional lace. After reading JRinGerogia's review of the laces I decided to order a pair. Unfortunately they were dealing with Hurricane Matthew at the time so my order took over a month to process. However, eventually my laces showed up and I quickly re-laced my shoes.

The aglets are steel and a bit thick so it was hard to actually lace my shoes. They barely fit through the eyelets. If you are thinking of getting these laces, make sure you check your eyelets first, otherwise you will end up with laces you can't really use. For instance, I ordered two sets of these laces; one for my Asolo shoes and one for some Saucony Peregrine 5 trail runners. I could not use them with the running shoes as the aglets were too big.

You can tell, just from the feel of the laces that they are strong. They are a tiny bit abrasive and they feel as strong as steel but as flexible as rope. It's a really odd feel. They give me confidence. There is no stretch in them at all when you tie your shoes.

On the flip side they do not stay tied for me at all unless I double knot my shoes. No matter how tightly I tie the first knot they come untied. A double knot solves the problem. It's just a little weird because I've not needed to double tie a shoe since I was a kid.

They look really good on the Asolo shoes. They are sort of a dark steely gray in color and the aglet basically blends in. They aren't as stylish as the original laces, but I think they will last longer than the shoes will.

I bought the 48" laces which are the perfect length for shoes. They leave me with plenty of lace to properly tie the shoes (and even double knot), but not so much that the laces drag on the ground (even when I don't double knot).

Here is a photo of how worn the old laces got in just a few months of wear:

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And here is a photo of the new laces on the shoes; double knotted:

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This final photo focuses on the lace that normally goes through the top eyelet. I've withdrawn it a little for special consideration.

The lace has compressed a bit and is already showing a little tiny bit of wear. These shoes are not kind to laces. I had assumed with the old lace that it was the metal eyelets but it appears the hard leather top eyelet is the main source of stress on the laces.


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Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review and welcome to Trailspace, Bill! I'm glad you found JR's review helpful. Thanks for letting us know how these laces worked out on your specific shoes. I'd love to see some pictures of yours in your review, if you're willing to add some.


3 years ago
Bill Rawlinson (Finalcut)

I've added some Photos Alicia. Thanks


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice! Thanks, Bill.


3 years ago

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